Castro: US uses al-Qaida to justify foreign policy

Fidel Castro suggested Sunday that the US government has promoted Americans' fears about al-Qaida and other terrorist groups to justify its plans for world domination. In an essay published on a government Web site, the 82-year-old former Cuban president wrote that al-Qaida "was born from the empire's own entrails," using "the empire" to refer to the United States, but failing to elaborate. He said the terrorist group was "a typical example of an enemy that the hegemonic power dangles in a place of its choosing where it needs to justify its actions, as it has done throughout its history, fabricating enemies and attacks destined to strengthen its plans of domination."