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Raul Castro Says Cuba Ready if U.S. Attacks

Cuban Defense Minister Raul Castro said on Sunday that should the Communist state’s arch-enemy the United States invade Cuba its forces would pay a far heavier price than the U.S. troops occupying Iraq. “Our people will pay a terrible price, but we will exact from the aggressors a high cost, be they the Yankees alone or with their cousins the British or Spanish,” Castro told reporters after attending a Veterans Day ceremony. The Bush administration denies it plans to attack Cuba but since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March Cuban officials have expressed concern that they might be targeted too. Western diplomats say the government has used the prospect of such an invasion to rally Cubans. Raul Castro, President Fidel Castro’s younger brother and designated successor, said the Bush administration’s doctrine of preemptive strikes and accusation that Cuba may have weapons of mass destruction amounted to direct military threats. Full Story

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