Castro blasts NATO's 'fascist war' in Libya



Havana: Cuban leader Fidel Castro branded international military action in Libya a "fascist war" on Tuesday, and urged strongman Muammar Gaddafi to fight back to "his last breath."

"If Gaddafi honours his people's traditions and decides to fight to the last breath as promised with the Libyans who are facing the worst ever bombing a country has ever suffered, it will spell a mire of shame to NATO and its criminal projects," Castro wrote in an article published in Cuban media.

The 84-year-old retired communist leader, who has visited Libya and met with Gaddafi several times, said he was speaking "freely" because he does not share the Libyan ruler's "political views or religious character."

In his article titled "NATO's Fascist War," Castro -- a US foe long in Washington's crosshairs -- compared the Libyan bombing campaign to raids conducted by Nazi pilots against Spain in 1936.

"Now, the criminal and discredited NATO is telling a 'beautiful' story about its 'humanitarian' bombing," he said.

PTI