Former Cuban President Fidel Castro derided U.S. action that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden calling it an abhorrent deed.
Castro criticized the U.S. operation in his column 'Reflections of Fidel Castro' which appears in the state run newspaper Granma.
In his column titled The murder of Osama Bin Laden Castro criticized the way Osama was killed. He wrote: The murder of an unarmed human being surrounded by his family constitutes an abhorrent deed. This is apparently what the government of the most powerful nation ever to exist did.
Castro also wrote about due change in U.S. public mood: After the initial euphoria, public opinion in the very United States will eventually turn against the methods used, which far from protecting its citizens, will multiply the hatred and vengeful feelings against them.
Castro also cited unjust wars waged by U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan which he said have caused large scale displacement of people. He said the wars have caused hundreds of thousands of children forced to grow up without their mother or their father and the parents who would never know the feeling of their child's embrace.
Speaking of the U.S. handling of Guantanamo prison he said: Nor have hundreds of millions of people forgotten the horrific images of human beings in Guantánamo, occupied Cuban territory, filing by silently, subjected to months, even years, of unbearable, maddening torture.
Finally, encapsulating the U.S. mood about Osama's killing he said: Murdering him and consigning his body to the depths of the ocean demonstrates fear and insecurity, making him a much more dangerous figure.
Criticism by Castro follows Venezuelan derision of U.S. celebrations after the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death. WSJ reported Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua who said: It is surprising how the crime and killing has become normal and was celebrated.
However not all South American countries have followed Venezuela in discounting the U.S. led operation that killed Osama. Latin America News Dispatch reported that Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated U.S President Obama calling the killing of Bin Laden a devastating blow to global terrorism.
Mexico's Secretariat of Foreign Relations issued a statement calling bin Laden's death an event of great importance in the efforts to free the world from the scourge of terrorism.
Peruvian President Alan García called the operation a miracle performed by recently beatified Pope John Paul II.