Castro invites Iranian President to Cuba
Last month I posted on how The Iranian connection introduces a new element of instability into Latin America, which comes as no suprise to regular readers of this blog. Cuban website Prensa Latina was saying last month that
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Cuba, Fidel Castro, have rejected the proliferation of nuclear weapons, but reaffirmed each country´s right to use nuclear energy with peaceful goals.
In a telephone conversation, Ahmadinejad thanked his Cuban counterpart for Havana´s positive stance over the Iranian nuclear energy program, Iran´s IRNA official news agency stated
Last week FrontPage Mag also had an article The Iran-Cuba Axis
Today’s headline, sent by Maria,: Castro invites Iranian President to Cuba
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accepted an invitation to visit Cuba from President Fidel Castro, in gratitude for Cuba’s support of Iran’s nuclear program, the official Granma newspaper said.
Ahmadinejad accepted the invitation in Tehran from Cuban Ambassador Felipe Perez Roque. During his visit here, the Iranian leader will attend the September 11-16 Non-Aligned Summit in Havana, the daily said.
Fidel’s been busy sending out invitations. So maybe there isn’t much to this story.
Or maybe there is:
Yesterday Babalu Blog posted on Cuba, Iran, Money & Terrorism
The Cuban American National Foundation has an in-depth analysis of the relationship between these two non-aligned nations and their frightening cooperation in developing the tools of terror and war.
Since 1990, Cuba and Iran have cooperated in the development of weapons of mass destruction, particularly bio-chemicals. Iran provides the financing at an estimated $250 million a year.
Cuba’s Bejucal Base provides Iranians with intelligence information, technology services, and training. The base has a vast network of Cyber communication equipment used to engage in spy technology, everything from wire-tapping, to jamming radio waves. They have the capacity to interfere in radio telecommunications in the US, vulnerable are our airports and other strategic places.
Even more frightening is their cooperation in Iran’s nuclear program. Due to international regulations, Iran cannot purchase necessary equipment, nor do they have the manufacturing facilities in place to produce them. However, Cuba does.
If the information at the CANF site (click under CUBA / IRAN: $$, TERRORISM; by Dr. Manuel Cereijo) is accurate, the proposed visit is no laughing matter:
Furthermore, following up allegations firs made by IRANIAN DISSIDENTS the year before, Iran has now acknowledge that it has been developing, for 18 years, a uranium centrifuge enrichment program, and, for 12 years, a laser enrichment program. Iran has conducted some nuclear activities secretly because they are under economic embargo and subject to preemptive strikes, they have received much assistance, paid by Iran, from Planta Mecanica, in Cuba.as far as aluminum cylinders to enrich uranium.
The critical elements of Iran’s nuclear program include not just the enrichment plants at Natanz but also plants to start building this next month (July, 2004), a 30-40 MW natural-uranium-fueled, heavy-water research reactor, with all associated equipment. This plant has been built
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Due to international regulations, Iran cannot purchased aluminum clad rods in the world market. Neither has Iran the manufacturing facilities in place to produce them. However, Cuba does.
Cuba has a large manufacturing plant-Planta Mecanica- that has the capacity, technology, and raw material to manufacture these kind of specialized aluminum rods, so much needed by Iraq to develop its nuclear weapon capabilities. Fuel element assemblies methods include welding, swaging, pinning, including box-type elements and cylindrical element assemblies.
Planta Mecanica is located north and west of the city of Santa Clara, in the center of Cuba. For the last few years its production has been dedicated to specialized needs for the biotechnology industry, as well as the nuclear related industry. Planta Mecanica has been a key factor in the development of Cuba’s biotechnology industry, as well as in assisting Iran with the equipment and machinery needed to develop its biotechnology industry, and that Iran cannot purchase in the world market.
For the last two years, a large part of Planta Mecanica production facilities has been dedicated to produce aluminum rods.
ShrinkWrapped points out that The Clock is Ticking II
At the same time, the Cartoon War is a diversionary tactic being used by the Iranians and the Syrians to keep European attention focused away from the Iranian Nuclear weapons program and the Syrian/Iraqi WMD. It is also a warning shot over the bow, letting the Europeans know that any move by Israel and/or America to deal with Syria (doubtful) or Iran (more likely) militarily will be met with violence in the streets of Europe. And, while there has been minimal mention of this in the MSM, Hezbollah on the northern Israeli frontier and Hamas, from Gaza and the West Bank, have been escalating their attacks against Israel in conjunction with their “spontaneous” riots against European embassies.
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred wrote Iran, The Bomb, and The Purim Holiday:
Nowadays, every single man and woman that stands for freedom and tolerance is a modern day Mordecai and Esther. Every man and woman that that takes a stand against evil and is willing to defend what is right and just, is a Mordecai and Esther.
The Iranian regime isn’t just threatening the Jews and Israel. They are threatening all of us. In the same way that Mordecai and Esther delivered the not only the Jews, but all of Persia from oppression, so too must we, save ourselves and deliver the Iranian people from those who would oppress them. The vast majority of Iranians we see in the streets demonstrating derive benefit from a corrupt regime, much like that entire class of communist apparatchiks benefited by supporting the repressive regimes.
They do not speak for the Iranian people. They are as oppressed as the Jews in Persia once were. They are subject to the whims of the mullahs and the Almadinejad’s of an evil repressive regime, masquerading as religious people. Real religious people do not oppress their co reliogionists. There is not much difference between the mullahs in Tehran and the GIA in Algeria, a group that oppressed, tortured and committed the most unspeakable of crimes. Like Saddam, they too oppress at will and for sport.
The clock is ticking. A nuclear weapon in the hands of the corrupt and oppressive mullahs has brought the doomsday clock as close as it has ever been to midnight.
We can choose to believe that the war is far away from here, far away from us.
But it isn’t.
Update, Thursday Feb. 8: It really isn’t.