Castro to Kim: We’re allies and everything, but you really need to calm down

posted at 7:01 pm on April 6, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

When your fellow family-dynasty totalitarian, communist aggressor, and general champion in spreading soul-crushing human misery is hinting that things have started to get out of control, you know you’ve got problems.

Retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro published his first column in nearly nine months on Friday, urging both friends and foes to use restraint amid tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

In the brief piece published in Communist Party daily Granma and other official media, Castro warned of the impact that nuclear war could unleash in Asia and beyond. He said Havana has always been and will continue to be an ally to North Korea, but gently admonished it to consider the well-being of humankind.

“Now that you have demonstrated your technical and scientific advances, we remind you of your duty to the countries that have been your great friends, and it would not be fair to forget that such a war would affect … more than 70% of the planet’s population,” he said.

Castro used stronger language in addressing Washington, saying that if fighting breaks out, President Barack Obama’s government “would be buried by a flood of images that would present him as the most sinister figure in US history. The duty to avoid (war) also belongs to him and the people of the United States.”

More of a friendly nudge than an outright condemnation, and he of course included the obligatory “everything is the United States’ fault”-solidarity line, but the message was there: Dude, you have got to pump the brakes on this thing.

Meanwhile, back in North Korea, the theater of the absurd continues:

As the days wore on, the threats increased to encompass nuclear war, while painted posters emerged on main streets showing rockets raining down on Washington, DC. The state news agency, KCNA, issued daily reports emphasising what is a pattern of the propaganda: that the regime’s belligerence is in response to dire threats from outside, such as the deployment of American B-2 stealth bombers and F-22 fighters as part of joint exercises by American and South Korean armed forces south of the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ). To its people, North Korea is painted as victim, not aggressor. …

In Pyongyang it was hard to escape the impression that the threats and bluster aimed at America and the South were mainly for domestic consumption. They seemed intended to present Kim Jong Un, the young dictator, as a fearless commander-in-chief. External threats justify North Korea’s paranoia and enforced isolation, whatever hardships are imposed on its people. And it provides existential drama to a nation used to mind-numbing, wall-to-wall Kim worship as entertainment.


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Trekkies everywhere will now curse you.

I ain’t one, I still think you’re cute.

cozmo on April 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM

The way Kim treats his own people, I would have thought even low life Castro would despise him.

VorDaj on April 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

China is 100% responsible. North Korea is their dog.

VorDaj on April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

VorDaj on April 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Meh, socialist dictators stick together like democrats.

cozmo on April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Kim probably has a GoldMember..

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Kim better watch his freakin’ self

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

I say, I say, Boy!!

dddave on April 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Looks like John McCain loaned Fidel Castro his “Get off of my lawn, whackbird!!!!” hat.

Resist We Much on April 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM

No?
Nothing?
Not even a titter..
Tough thread..

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Kim’s fasha would be proud..

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

…yoikes.

When a fellow Communist dictator tells his pal to take a chill pill…you KNOW things are about to go south. (or north in this case).

My sister has friends with family members in SK. Very, very, scary.

MelonCollie on April 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Michael Ledeen had an interesting column suggesting that N. Korea is really trying to draw attention from truly important events for the anti-US bloc, such as the Venezuelan election.

It’s not as crazy as it sounds if you think about how dependant are many of these countries on discounted Venezuelan oil to keep their economies going.

blue13326 on April 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

MeanWhole,back at Team USA!

ICBM Test Scrubbed till next week:

Official says the Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test for next week amid mounting tensions with North Korea – @AP

48 mins ago from http://www.mercurynews.com by editor

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22970755/ap-source-us-delays-missile-test-tensions-rise
====================================

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/north-korea-nuclear-program

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Le crap,thats MeanWhile,not (MeanWhole),ugh,spelling error!

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

China is 100% responsible. North Korea is their dog.

VorDaj on April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

True enough but oftentimes bad people drop the leash on their dogs in a crowd of good people just to watch the blood flow, and that’s when shit gets complicated.

Sacramento on April 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/north-korea-nuclear-program

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

“The official says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delayed the long-planned Minuteman 3 test because of concerns the launch could be misinterpreted and exacerbate the current crisis. ” – from canopfor’s link.

There you go folks..

How much would this test cost?
Couldn’t it have been included in the sequester?

I mean..
If we are too afraid to test..
But have no problem shutting down our own control towers..
And cutting our defense..

Our enemies must love us..

We have no problem making ourselves vulnerable..

And we elected it..
Again…

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

When your fellow family-dynasty totalitarian, communist aggressor, and general champion in spreading soul-crushing human misery is hinting that things have started to get out of control, you know you’ve got problems.

Oh no! Nothing so extreme. Fidel is chiding Kim Jong Un for pushing the issue. They’ve got a friend in the rat-eared devil. But he needs time to join them as a totalitarian. He still has to gut the Constitution. He has to get the guns out of private hands. He’s got to so divide this nation that riots erupt on the streets where his hooligans enforce the new order while any American who resists is rounded up, killed, or subdued.

It really is that simple.

Happy Nomad on April 6, 2013 at 8:16 PM

UpDatey:

More: US defense official says missile test delayed to avoid ‘miscalculation’ given North Korea tensions – @Reuters

19 mins ago by editor
=========================

https://twitter.com/Reuters

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM

And we elected it..
Again…

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Electrongod:

I do notice,the *Planned Test Crap*,as not to scare Kim
Ill,or,

because of SeQuester,the GOP let America become vapourized!

(snark on the Vapourization,by Team GOP)—–:)

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

And we elected it..
Again…

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 7:48 PM

That’s what sticks in my craw. The first time was out of ignorance, what’s the excuse for the second time? Cultural rot? National suicide?
Really really successful massive voter fraud? All of the above?

squint on April 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

RE:ICBM Test:

Associated Press

The Associated Press The Associated Press ‏@AP 12m

Delayed US missile test unrelated to U.S.-South Korean military exercises that stoked North Korean anger: http://apne.ws/10FwM9l -RD
=============

AP source: US delays missile test as tensions rise
By LOLITA C. BALDOR
— Apr. 6 7:45 PM EDT
********************

The official said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to put off the long-planned Minuteman 3 test until sometime next month because of concerns the launch could be misinterpreted and exacerbate the Korean crisis. Hagel made the decision Friday, the official said.(More…)

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-source-us-delays-missile-test-tensions-rise

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 8:26 PM

But we have Plan B!!!!!
Fore Free!!!

Electrongod on April 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM

China is 100% responsible. North Korea is their dog.

VorDaj on April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

True enough but oftentimes bad people drop the leash on their dogs in a crowd of good people just to watch the blood flow, and that’s when shit gets complicated.

Sacramento on April 6, 2013 at 7:44 PM

I don’t think it’s quite going to go that far. Kim III has been in power what, about a year now? The Chinese have had just about enough of him. They can’t afford to have a hot war to their south involving the US.

For once in his miserable life, even if only for the most pragmatic of reasons, on the surface, anyway Castro is trying to do right. It seems he (this may be Raoul, not Fidel) understands that a hot war between the US and another Chinese client country will blow back on him in spades. It’s entirely possible the Chinese asked him to step in, in an attempt to get Kim III to dial it back a bit.

BillH on April 6, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Castro to Kim: We’re allies and everything, but you really need to calm down
==========

Hmmmm….,

Hopeys/Changey’s Slow-Motion CooBaa 62′ Missile Crisis
Kim Don’t let it go to waste Sumpin More Serious this round
me thinks,

or,

not!!

canopfor on April 6, 2013 at 8:37 PM

I say, I say, Boy!!

dddave on April 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Any of this gettin’ thru to ya, son?

Cleombrotus on April 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

…some bully needed to beat Kim up as a kid.

KOOLAID2 on April 6, 2013 at 9:05 PM

A “flood of images that would present him as the most sinister figure in American history”. Hey,Fidel he already IS the most sinister figure in American history.WTF are you putting in your cigars?

jeffinsjvca on April 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

i can’t believe i’m saying this-i agree with Castro.

gerrym51 on April 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

President Barack Obama’s government “would be buried by a flood of images that would present him as the most sinister figure in US history.”

We can only hope. Oh, Fidel’s talking about if Obama goes to war? Oh, never mind…….

GWB on April 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

well hell, we have our boats there now.

johnnyU on April 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

i can’t believe i’m saying this-i agree with Castro.

gerrym51 on April 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

He’s certainly wised up from the Missile Crisis days when he was on the phone to his masters screaming for the order to nuke the dirty capitalist pigdogs.

MelonCollie on April 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

He’s certainly wised up from the Missile Crisis days when he was on the phone to his masters screaming for the order to nuke the dirty capitalist pigdogs.

MelonCollie on April 6, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Yes and Russians took away his toys when they realized he was missing a few screws and bolts.

William Eaton on April 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

hat’s what sticks in my craw. The first time was out of ignorance, what’s the excuse for the second time? Cultural rot? National suicide?
Really really successful massive voter fraud? All of the above?

squint on April 6, 2013 at 8:24 PM

More like people not wanting to believe that the media is completely in the tank for one political party, like Goebbels and Pravda were in the tank for Hitler and the Soviet leadership. The media told them things were getting better. They told them that Obama did as good a job as possibly could with the mess he was handed. Americans like re-electing incumbents, and as bad as things seem to be, the fact that the media was cutting Obama slack, and not going after him like they did with Bush, was enough to make enough people say “I guess he’s doing an okay job, all things considered”.

ardenenoch on April 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

China is 100% responsible. North Korea is their dog.

VorDaj on April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

This.

Oh and delayed missile test. Yeah, cuz telling dictators we are scared of spooking them always works so well:
WWII
Korea
Vietnam
Iran (79)
Iraq (90)
Afghanistan (01)

WitchDoctor on April 7, 2013 at 3:29 AM

Why play nice?

Turn that turd world country into a glass skating rink. 2 days and a couple fly overs, and its game over. Oh wait, there’s no money involved in wiping scum off the face of the earth….

Polish Rifle on April 7, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Meh, socialist dictators stick together like democrats.

cozmo on April 6, 2013 at 7:11 PM

yes communist dictators do.

unseen on April 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Yes and Russians took away his toys when they realized he was missing a few screws and bolts.

William Eaton on April 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

I have to give the Commies credit for sometimes being rabid with their obvious desire to rule the world, but NOT being suicidal. They didn’t much value their average soldier or citizen, but I never heard of them training children to use suicide belts.

MelonCollie on April 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

Ya know, if North Korea fires a missile at us, that would be the perfect excuse to lay waste to Cuba.

I’m starting to like that fat little bastard.

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM