FIDEL CASTRO'S VIEW OF MCDERMOTT
Havana, November 29, 1999
Mr. Jim McDermott
U.S. Member of Congress
State of Washington
Dear Congressman Jim McDermott,
…I will leave aside the hysteria and threats of the noisy terrorist mob in Miami, who are always eager to provoke a bloody armed conflict between Cuba and the United States….
Our highly respected friend, Jim McDermott, you … defend the courageous and sincere exchange of opinions, above and beyond the fanaticism, dogmatism and prejudices of the ignorant, who have no serious ideas to defend, nor arguments to defend them. This earned you criticism from the extreme right fundamentalists in your country….
[M]en of honor and integrity, like you, tend to think that traditions are respected and that there are sacred principles and norms that no one would dare to violate.
Forty years of struggle waged by this small island neighboring your country have shown us that, despite your great people’s considerable nobleness, idealism, sense of honor and self-esteem there are numerous exceptions when it comes to abiding by the ethical rules that honorable men blindly believe in and respect.
We were extremely honored by the gesture that you … have made to me and to Cuba. We will always remember it. For this reason and because of our respect for you … I have limited myself to strictly explaining what has happened as objectively as possible, avoiding in this message even the slightest complaint or criticism against your country.
Many thanks to you and to everyone.
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