Castro from Cuba on Arizona Massacre

Havana scene by Elio Delgado

HAVANA TIMES, Jan 9 — With Arizona residents still reeling from Saturday’s massacre at a Tucson supermarket, former Cuban President Fidel Castro wrote an op-ed piece from Havana condemning the violence saying “any sane person could ask the question whether the act occurred in Afghanistan or Arizona.”

“A piece of sad news was reported Saturday afternoon from the United States: the Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, was the victim of a criminal attack when she held a political meeting in her district in Tucson,” noted Fidel Castro.

The following  is the official translation of Fidel Castros comments.


Fidel Castro

Sad news was broadcast this afternoon from the United States: Gabrielle Giffords, Democratic congresswoman for Arizona, was the victim of a criminal attempt while taking part at a political meeting at her electoral district in Tucson.  On the other side of the border lies Mexico, the Latin American country to which that territory used to belong when, in an unjust war, more than one half of its area was seized from it.

Along its arid surface, many of those who emigrate from Mexico, Central America and other Latin American countries try to escape hunger, poverty and the underdevelopment to which those countries have been led by the United States.  Money and goods can freely cross the border; human beings cannot.  Without mentioning the drugs and weapons that cross that line in either direction.

Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans who work in that country doing the toughest and worst paid jobs are captured each year and sent back to their points of departure, many times separated from their closest kin.  They were hoping that the new administration would correct that criminal and inhuman policy.

According to just-arrived news, 18 people were shot and six died, among them a 9-year-old girl and Federal Judge John Roll.

The congresswoman was seriously wounded by a bullet in the head.  Doctors were fighting to save her life.

She is married to NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. She was first elected to Congress in 2006 at the age of 36.  “She is a supporter of migrant reform, stem cell research and alternative energy”, measures that are hated by the far right.

She was re-elected as the Democratic representative in the past elections.

When her father was asked whether she had any enemies, he replied: The entire Tea Party”.

It is known that the former US vice-presidential candidate in the 2008 elections and Tea Party leader, Sarah Palin, published on her website, as the aim for supporters of her party, a map of the congressional districts of 20 of the representatives who had backed President Obama’s proposed health reform bill and she had them marked with the viewfinder of a rifle.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ political opponent was a former Marine who appeared in the electoral campaign with an M-16 in a message which apparently stated: “Help get rid of Gabrielle Giffords…shoot the entire ammo chamber of an M-16 with Jesse Kelly.”

In March 2010, Gabrielle’s district office was attacked.  She stated that when people do that they were going to have to be aware of the consequences; political leaders should get together and set limits.

Any sensible person could well wonder whether such an act happened in Afghanistan or in an electoral district in Arizona.

Obama stated: “…an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were shot…”

“And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded…”.

“We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society….”

“I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our prayers.”

His appeal is quite dramatic and very sad.  Even those of us who don’t share his political or philosophical ideas in the least sincerely hope that no children, judges, congressmen or any US citizen should die in such an absurd and unjustifiable way.

It is sad to remember that in the world every year many millions of people are dying as the consequence of absurd wars, poverty, growing famines and the deterioration of the environment promoted by the wealthiest and most developed nations on the planet.

We would like Obama and the United States Congress to share those concerns with all the other peoples.

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3 thoughts on “Castro from Cuba on Arizona Massacre


    As Salaam ALAIKUM


  • Having lived in the US for over 40 yrs it is good to know that no matter what ..Fidel can be counted on to say something that should make any sane person ask themselves..WTF? and when or if american youth are as off the chain?? as some portray.
    Lets put this in perspective..First in Arizona it was the Mexican who came seeking freedom in the state that they once owned? Most worked became a part of the country, gave thier lives in wars to become citizens educated themselves, worked from 9-9 without out much pay, in inhumane conditiones, and losing an advocate Cesar Chavez far to early.
    Now after all of these yrs they are suppossedly creating all of the havoc in Arizona by just trying to iive and take care of family
    Prior,it was the African desc. Enslaved denied, abused , murdered etc unti 1965..?
    .My question is..what happened that has this changed,? Or has it been this way always ..and or has anyone really been paying attn to the real US politizcs that create issues such as this?
    How do we as a people SAVE OUR CHIDREN?

    amerikkka, certainy has no room to point fingers because in Cuba we know some things
    A counbtry is judged in 4 ways
    1 How it treats its veterans
    2 How it treats its Women
    3 How it treats its seniors
    3 How it treats its children..Have i missed something?
    Black white native or Spanish speaker (native) it makes no difference..Children are like clay..they can be moided..what happened.? The finger pointing must end in the US and spec in Arizona..The imperialist would do well to show more concern for thier own vs being word police

  • I like and love to fidel castro, i have so many letters and cards which he sent me in reply of my letters and greeting cards, but since last 06 years i have no contact with him. I was General Secretary of Thatta Cement Union , but now i am no more in that company and doing my own business of fish farming , i want to meet with him once in my life. Address:- Mohammad Ibrahim Kumbhar, Ward No. 1, palang para, Thatta, Sindh, PAKISTAN.

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