“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore”
admitted Fidel Castro to Atlantic Monthly’s Jeffrey Goldberg. His response came after Goldberg had asked him if Soviet-style communism was still worth exporting to other countries.
However, Julia Sweig, an expert on Cuba who was in the room when Castro said this, noted, “He wasn’t rejecting the ideas of the revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under ‘the Cuban model’ the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country.”
After four years of seclusion following intestinal surgery, Castro reappeared in July and had become an anti-nuclear weapon advocate and expressed concern about the future of the world.
He said he fears that if the United States and Israel attempt to enforce international sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activities, nuclear war could break out.
Castro also told Goldberg that he wished the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would just understand that the Jews have dealt with over 2,000 years of being ‘persecuted and mistreated all over the world,’ and that they have a much tougher exist than ours.
Castro even criticized his own actions during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. At the time, he had urged the Soviet Union to launch nuclear weapons against the United States, but looking back now tells Goldberg “After I’ve seen what I’ve seen, and knowing what I know now, it wasn’t worth it all.”