Castro calls Sarkozy 'crazy,' questions control over nukes
French President Nicolas Sarkozy appears to be going "crazy," Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in an article published Monday, suggesting that Sarkozy could not be trusted with his finger on the nuclear trigger.
Castro's article, published in the Mexican daily La Jornada, denounced Sarkozy for the expulsion of Roma gypsies, which he called "the gypsy holocaust."
He pointed out that France is the world's third biggest nuclear power and said Sarkozy carries around a briefcase with the launch codes for an arsenal of more than 300 atomic weapons.
"Suppose that Sarkozy suddenly goes crazy, as appears to be happening. What would the UN Security Council do in that case with Sarkozy and his briefcase," Castro asked.
"Does it make any moral or ethical sense to launch an attack on Iran, which is condemned for its supposed intention to make bombs of this type? Where is the sense and logic of this policy?"
Castro went on to ask, "What would happen if the French far right decides to force Sarkozy to maintain a racist policy contrary to the norms of the European Community?"
"Would the UN Security Council answer those two questions?" he added.
France has deported almost 1,000 Roma migrants to Bulgaria and Romania since a hardline speech last month by Sarkozy, and more than 8,000 Roma have been deported since the beginning of the year, after 9,875 were expelled in 2009.
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