Cuba & Iran

Who says Cuba is not a threat to the United States?

From Front Page Magazine:

The Iran-Cuba Axis

In a letter to then Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev regarding his role in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro reflected upon the possible use of nuclear weapons during the U.S.-Soviet confrontation, ?It was my opinion that, in case of an American invasion [Cuba], a massive and total nuclear strike would have to be launched.? Given Castro?s affection for nuclear weapons, it should come as no surprise to observers that the aging terrorist has befriended Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Just last week, Ahmadinejad, a recognized anti-Semite and human rights violator, threatened unspecified retaliation against the West unless it recognized his own country?s nuclear ambitions. ?If they want to deny us our right, we have ways to secure those rights,? he said in Tehran.

Given Castro and Ahmadinejad?s mutual distaste for the U.S. and Western-styled democracy, increased bilateral cooperation between the two countries presents serious national security concerns for the U.S. This month, Iranian Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani noted the importance of expanding Tehran-Havana relations saying both countries must come together to confront unilateralism of ?the big power? — an obvious reference to the U.S.

In the past year, Rafsanjani has noted Iran?s desire to play a role in meeting the ?technical and engineering requirements? of Cuba and other states in Latin America. Rafsanjani has also called Castro, ?An impressive character in contemporary history,? praising the Cuban leader for his resistance to the ?hegemonic policies of the U.S. and anti-imperialism.? Not surprisingly, Cuban Ambassador to Iran Fernando Garcia pledged his country?s support for Iran?s right to use nuclear energy earlier this month.

And, then there’s the question of oil. Read the whole story here.