Fidel Castro and Randy Alonso met Monday evening
Fidel Castro on Monday made a lengthy appearance on Cuban television for the first time since he fell ill in July 2006. He said he worried that the United States would attack Iran, setting off a nuclear war.
"They're playing with fire," Castro told Randy Alonso, the host of Mesa Redonda, a Cuban news program.
Castro, who is nearly 84 years old, sat behind a small desk during the encounter and read from a series of news reports detailing the latest developments in the Middle East.
"I read quite a bit of news every day," Castro said.
Castro and Alonso discussed the possibility of war for nearly an hour with the former president doing most of the talking.
Alonso then read Castro's most recent column on the threat of war. That took about 19 minutes. Alonso thanked Castro for appearing on the program and that was the end of the show.