Even Cuba’s former Communist leader Fidel Castro has an opinion on who is responsible for the shooting in Tucson, Arizona that killed six people and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
In a column published Monday by Granma, Cuba’s official government newspaper, Castro condemned the shooting and blamed the right wing of American politics for the shooting spree.
In a column titled “An Atrocious Act,” Castro said Giffords was an enemy of the Tea Party and described her as a supporter of immigration reform, stem cell research and alternative energy, “measures that are hated by the far right.”
But despite the differences between the United States and Cuba, the Communist former president said he was saddened by the news.
“Even those of us who don’t share his (President Barack Obama’s) political or philosophical ideas in the least, sincerely hope that no children, judges, congressmen or any U.S. citizen should die in such an absurd and unjustifiable way,” he wrote.
Castro turned over the government of Cuba to his brother Raúl, in August of 2006 after he had abdominal surgery. For months the older Castro was only seen in pictures and the government said he was recuperating. But in recent months he has spoken publicly and writes a column on international topics for the Cuban media.