Gee, That’ll Leave A Mark: Castro and Venezuela Criticize the Whole Osama bin Laden Kill Thing
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HAVANA - Fidel Castro has criticized the United States for the manner in which its forces killed al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden, saying it executed him in front of his family.
Castro says in an opinion piece published Thursday in Cuban media that the raid inside Pakistan by a team of U.S. Navy Seals also violated that country's laws and offended its dignity.
The former Cuban leader says he abhors all forms of terrorism. He notes that he expressed solidarity with the United States despite decades of political differences following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
But the 84-year-old revolutionary says the decision to kill bin Laden and bury him at sea "has turned him into a much more dangerous man."
And then there are those gentle voices of moderation in Venezuela ...
Throughout Latin America the response to the death of Osama bin Laden was met mostly with moderation and congratulatory remarks toward the United States.
However, Venezuela’s Vice-President Elías Jaua had some harsh words about the celebrations, which occurred in Washington, New York and other cities across the United States after the announcement of bin Laden’s death.
Jaua said he was speaking from a “human point of view,” and criticized the reactions in the United States to the killing.
“It surprises me to no end how natural crime and murder has become, how it is celebrated,” Jaua said, on Venezuelan state television. “At least before, imperialist governments were more subtle. Now the death of anyone, based on what they are accused of, but not only those working outside of the law like bin Laden, but also presidents, the families of presidents, are openly celebrated by the leaders of the nations that bomb them.”
Earlier on Sunday, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez continued his criticism of U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airstrikes on Libya. However, since the announcement of bin Laden’s death the Venezuelan leader has been quiet about the news.