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US showed weakness in Osama "execution"-Castro

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 5 May 2011 14:41 GMT
Author: Reuters
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HAVANA, May 5 (Reuters) - The United States "executed" Osama bin Laden and showed "weakness and insecurity" in its attack on his Pakistani sanctuary, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said in a column published on Thursday in the state-run press.

Castro, 84, wrote that U.S. President Barack Obama "has no way to hide that Osama was executed in the presence of his children and wives".

The former Cuban president said the operation by U.S. special forces violated Pakistani law and offended the country's religious traditions and national dignity.

The operation, including Osama's rapid burial at sea, had not ended Washington's problems with him, Castro predicted.

"To kill him and send him to the depths of the sea shows weakness and insecurity, they convert him into a much more dangerous figure," said Castro, who ruled Cuba for 49 years before officially ceding power to brother Raul in 2008.

Bin Laden and four others were killed when U.S. Navy SEALs raided his compound early on Monday in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. (Reporting by Jeff Franks; Editing by Deborah Charles)

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