Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at 90, led a life of political infamy, often earning a place on the world stage disproportionate to the size of his own country of Cuba. In true Castro style, the communist leader didn't spare words for Israel either.
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It was in September 2014 when Castro took to state media, blaming U.S. Senator John McCain and Israel's Mossad for collaborating to create the Islamic State group, which successfully captured large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria earlier that year.
In a column for state media, Castro described McCain as "Israel's most unconditional ally" and a staunch supporter of the Mossad, saying that the senator "participated together with that service in the creation of the Islamic State."
McCain later joked about Castro's claims on Twitter.
“Congrats Fidel Castro, you have revealed my true secret role in shaping world events!” McCain tweeted. “First I was sanctioned by Vladimir Putin then #ISIS labeled me 'the enemy,' now Fidel Castro! Who’s next?!”
Castro also accused the West of being imperialist, and compared NATO and Western governments to Hitler, apparently in criticism of their attitudes toward Russia.
“Many people are astonished when they hear the statements made by some European spokesmen for NATO when they speak with the style and face of the Nazi SS,” Castro wrote.
“Adolf Hitler’s greed-based empire went down in history with no more glory than the encouragement provided to NATO’s aggressive and bourgeois governments, which makes them the laughing stock of Europe and the world.”
Castro stepped down as Cuba's president in 2006 amid health difficulties, but was replaced by his brother Raul and continued to influence policy and culture, partly through his writing.