. . . In December of 1951, Libya became the first African country to attain its independence after World War II, during which its territory was the scene of significant battles between German and British troops, bringing fame to Generals Erwin Rommel and Bernard. L. Montgomery.
Total desert covers 95% of its territory. Technology made it possible to find significant fields of excellent quality light oil, currently providing 1.8 million barrels per day, and abundant natural gas deposits. Such wealth allowed it to achieve a life expectancy of close to 75 years and the highest per capita income in Africa. Its harsh desert is located above an enormous lake of fossil water, equivalent to more than three times the land surface of Cuba, which has made it possible to construct a broad network of fresh water pipes which extends throughout the country. . . .
What is absolutely clear to me is that the government of the United States is totally unconcerned about peace in Libya and will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, possibly in a matter of hours or a few days. . . .
An honest person will always be against any injustice committed against any nation of the world, and the worst injustice, at this moment, would be to remain silent in the face of the crime that NATO is preparing to commit against the Libyan people.
The chief of that militarist organization is being urged to do so. This must be condemned!
Fidel Castro is First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba. The text above is an excerpt from his reflection dated 21 February 2011, 10:14 PM. See, also, Jim Lobe and David Elkins, “Libya-US: Obama Ally Calls for Regime Change” (Inter Press Service, 22 February 2011); and Mark Landler, “U.S. Condemns Libyan Tumult But Makes No Threats” (New York Times, 22 February 2011).