REFLECTIONS BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THE TRAGEDY THREATENING OUR SPECIES
speak as an economist or a scientist. I simply speak as a politician who wishes
to unravel the economists’ and scientists’ arguments one way or another. I also
try to sense the motivations of each one of those who make statements on these
matters. Just twenty-two years ago, here in
A copy of the outcome of those meetings was sent to all the world governments, of course with some exceptions, because it might have seemed insulting. At that time, the petrodollars had flooded the market and the large transnational banks were virtually demanding that the countries accept high loans. Needless to say, the people responsible for the economy had taken on those commitments without consulting anybody. That period coincided with the presence of the most repressive and bloody governments this continent has ever suffered, installed by imperialism. Large sums were spent on weapons, luxuries and consumer goods. The subsequent debt grew to 800 billion dollars while today’s catastrophic dangers were being hatched, the dangers that weigh upon a population that doubled in just two decades and along with it, the number of those condemned to a life of extreme poverty. Today, in the Latin American region, the difference between the most favored population and the one with the lowest income is the greatest in the world.
Many years before the subjects of today’s
debates were center stage, the struggles of the
The former colonies or neocolonies that had been promised a glowing future after World War II had not yet awakened from the Bretton Woods dream. From top to bottom, the system had been designed for exploitation and plundering.
When consciousness was beginning to be
roused, the other extremely adverse factors had not yet surfaced, such as the
undreamed-of squandering of energy that industrialized countries had fallen
prey to. They were paying less than two dollars a barrel of oil. The source of
fuel, with the exception of the
Thirty years ago, the idea of global warming hanging over our species’ life like a sword of Damocles was not even known by the immense majority of the inhabitants of our planet; even today there is great ignorance and confusion about these issues. If we listen to the spokesmen of the transnationals and their media, we are living in the best of all possible worlds: an economy ruled by the market, plus transnational capital, plus sophisticated technology equals a constant growth of productivity, higher GDP, higher living standards and every dream of the human species come true; the state should not interfere with anything, it should not even exist, other than as an instrument of the large financial capital.
But reality is hard-headed.
More than 700 representatives of social
organizations have just been meeting in
Even now, as a consequence of liberating a
terrorist monster, two young men, who were fulfilling their legal duty in the Active
Military Service, anxious to taste consumerism in the United States, hijacked a
bus, crashed through one of the doors of the domestic flights terminal at the
airport, drove up to a civilian aircraft and got on board with their hostages,
demanding to be taken to the United States. A few days earlier, they had killed
a soldier, who was standing guard, to steal two automatic weapons, and in the
plane they fired four shots that killed a brave officer who, unarmed and held
hostage in the bus, had attempted to prevent the plane’s hijacking. The impunity and the material gains that have
rewarded any violent action against
The apocalyptic head of the empire declared more than five years ago that the United States armed forces had to be on the ready to make pre-emptive attacks on 60 or more countries in the world; nothing less than one third of the international community. Apparently, he is not satisfied with the death, the torture and the uprooting of millions of people to seize their natural resources and the product of their labors.
Meanwhile, the impressive international
meeting that just concluded in
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