The United States will soon order NATO to invade protest-wracked Libya to take control of its rich oil fields, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro predicted in a column published on Tuesday in Cuban state-run media.
"What is for me absolutely evident is that the government of the United States is not worried at all about peace in Libya and will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, maybe in a matter of hours or very few days," the 84-year-old Castro wrote.
He did not fully explain why he felt a NATO invasion of the North African nation was imminent, but said oil had been the basis for much of the United States' power.
Libya has been rocked for days by anti-government protests that witnesses and rights groups say have left hundreds dead at the hands of security forces.
Castro withheld judgment on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for the violence, saying it would take time to know what was true from the many media reports about Libya's uprising.
He also said he did not think Gaddafi had left the country, as had been rumored in recent days, because he could not imagine him "eluding" responsibility for his reported actions.
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