Saturday, August 28, 2010
Fidel Castro says al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is a CIA agent who always popped up when former President George W. Bush needed to scare the world, arguing the recently released WikiLeaks.org documents prove it.
“Any time Bush would stir up fear and make a big speech, bin Laden would appear threatening people with a story about what he was going to do. Bush never lacked for bin Laden’s support. He was a subordinate.”
The provocative statements by the 84-year-old Cuban revolutionary are not the first to suggest that both Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are modern-day versions of George Orwell’s 1984’s Emmanuel Goldstein. Goldstein is the mythological leader of the opposition Brotherhood and using doublethink, Orwell creates a character that does, and does not exist. Goldstein is the number One Enemy of the People, according to the Party. He is never seen but is used by the government to strike fear in the people.
Castro, who stepped down as Cuban president in 2006 due to failing health said the actual voice of Osama bin Laden was last heard in late 2001, not long after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He said the person heard making warnings about terror attacks after was nothing more than a “bad actor.”
Whether you agree or disagree with Castro’s remarks, it’s interesting to note that the secretive group known as “The Family,” one of the most powerful, well-connected Christian fundamentalist movements in the United States and whose membership includes Democratic and Republican congressmen, corporate leaders, generals, and foreign heads of state, cited both Pol Pot and Osama bin Laden as outstanding men whose commitment to their causes is something to be emulated.