Castro Sees Nuclear War In Middle East; Not So Lula of Brazil

Posted on July 17, 2010

Cuban icon Fidel Castro has enjoyed his reemergence from 4 years of relative isolation over the past week or so.  But his outlook for world peace is grim.  He is convinced that there will be a war in the Middle East and that the US and Israel will start it.  He sees the US as stuck in the region and the only escape will be war.  He went on to predict the US will attack North Korea. [Reuters]

But two weeks previous to this dire prediction, the president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, had reached at a different conclusion:

“The conflict transcends regional dimensions” and its resolution “is everyone’s responsibility” the Brazilian leader said. He rejected “the thesis that the Middle East is destined for conflict and that its sons are condemned to live in the irrationality of war”. []

In May Lula had gone to Iran to work through an agreement to bring Iran into compliance with its Nuclear program and the demands of the UN but the agreement was unacceptable to the west.

The Syrian leader, Bashar al-Assad, met with the leaders of 3 South American countries with the largest Syrian populations (Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela) as well as with Fidel Castro in Cuba on his first Latin American tour the first week in July.  Middle East peace and trade were his major concerns. He was anxious to keep Lula in the peace process involving Iran. Lula had negotiated a settlement of the nuclear situation suggested by Turkey but that was rejected by the west.  He  also vowed that Syria would be involved in any negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.  Syria demands the return of the Golan Heights.

Assad is anxious to establish trade with the South American free trade group of countries known as Mercosur.