Fidel Castro Says Iran Should Recognize the Holocaust, Persecution of Jews

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and said the Iranian leader’s anti-Semitism doesn’t help the cause for peace.

Iran’s government should understand that Jews “were expelled from their land, persecuted and mistreated all over the world,” Castro said in an interview posted on The Atlantic magazine’s website. “I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews. I would say much more than the Muslims.”

The interviewer, Jeffrey Goldberg, said in his blog yesterday that he was summoned by the Cuban leader to discuss his article in the September issue of The Atlantic on the possibility of an Israeli air attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

In a second installment from a series of meetings with Castro, posted online today, Goldberg said Castro was asked whether the Cuban economic and political system was worth exporting.

“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” Castro responded, according to Goldberg. Castro didn’t expand on the comment.

Since emerging in July to give his first public speeches after undergoing surgery four years ago, Castro has repeatedly warned an attack on Iran could trigger a nuclear war.

Fidel, 84, began transferring control to his brother Raul in July 2006, when he underwent intestinal surgery, and officially stepped down as president in 2008.

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