by the Commander in Chief
Events follow each other at
an incredible pace. Sometimes, several occur simultaneously. Their inherent
significance and usefulness as examples is what I wish to, or, better, feel
compelled to comment on. I am not referring, today, to what occurred in Geneva, which is
considered a well-deserved revolutionary victory for Third World nations. Rather,
I shall refer to Cuba's response to the
European Council on Foreign Relations, published last Friday, June 22, on Gramna's front page.
The statement was a response worthy of our Revolution and
its high political leadership. One by one, all points calling for an immediate
response from Cuba were addressed
and clarified. Allow me to enumerate and go over them again:
- "A dialogue between sovereign and equal
partners, devoid of any conditions or impending threats, is the only
possible dialogue with Cuba. If the
European Union wishes to engage in any form of dialogue with Cuba, it must
definitively eliminate those sanctions, which have since proved
impracticable and unsustainable”.
- “The 'Conclusions’ also failed to mention the
so-called ‘Common Position', hastily agreed upon by EU Ministers of
Finance in 1996 under pressures from Aznar and on the basis of a draft
drawn up by the US State Department”.
- “After so many mistakes and failures, the only
obvious conclusion that the European Union should fittingly draw is that
the so-called 'Common Position’ must disappear, since there were and there
are no reasons whatsoever for its existence and because it hinders any
normal, mutually respectful relationship of common interest with our
- “A group of influential European nations have
tried to change this ludicrous situation. Others, such as the Czech Republic, have
confirmed to be American pawns on the European map. The ‘Conclusions of
the Council’ slanderously meddle in matters that are of Cuba's strict
concern, pass judgment and announce intrusive and hypocritical actions
that Cuba regards as
offensive and unacceptable and strongly repudiates”.
- “Cuba is an
independent and sovereign country and the European Union is wrong if it
believes it can treat it as anything other than an equal”.
- “The European Union has shown persistent and
humiliating subordination to the United States, of a kind that renders it
incapable of holding positions based on European interests and turns it
into an accomplice, despite all talk to the contrary, to the criminal and
inhuman blockade that the US imposes on the Cuban people, and about which
the ‘Conclusions’ did not even dare say a single word”.
- “In the European Union Summit with the United
States last April, it stooped
to questioning Cuba and accepted
a reference that acknowledges the legitimacy of the “Bush Plan.” Known are
its collusion with the Empire's envoys and even with the spurious
inspector for Cuba appointed by
the United States”.
- “The European Union is shamelessly hypocritical
when it unjustly points its finger at Cuba while it
remains silent about acts of US-coordinated torture at the illegal
Guantánamo Naval Base, which encroaches upon Cuban territory, and at Abu
Ghraib, where these are even administered to European citizens”.
- “It impudently remains silent about kidnappings
by US Special Forces in third countries and has offered its territory to
cooperate with the CIA's secret flights and to harbor illegal prisons. Nor
has it said anything about the hundreds of persons who have disappeared as
a result of these actions or about the hundreds of thousands of civilians
murdered in Iraq”.
- “It is the
European Union which must rectify the mistakes it has made with respect to
At the risk of
turning this into an extensive reflection, I wish to add a number of facts. The
European Union has been led by Washington to a mighty
cul-de-sac. The Cold War ended with the triumph of the real consumerism of
developed capitalism, and the frantic impulse to consume that had been awakened
in broad sectors of the populations of the socialist block and Soviet Union. They had lost
the battle of ideas. The Russian people, the main moving force behind the
October Revolution, were violently deprived of important commitments which
encompassed agreements and guarantees for its security and sovereignty: Europe was stripped of
over 400 SS-20 missiles, as NATO described them. These mobile missiles, fitted
with three nuclear warheads each, were pointed to every corner in Europe where US military
bases and NATO forces were located. In its triumphalist intoxication, the
aggressive military alliance had taken under its wing many former socialist
republics of Europe, a number of which, seeking
economic benefits, have made the rest of Europe a hostage of
their foreign policy, which unconditionally serves the strategic interests of
the United States.
All European Union
members have the right to veto a decision. This system is politically
dysfunctional and curtails, in practice, the sovereignty of all members. The
European Union is today in worse shape than the former socialist block ever
was. The vain Tony Blair, manufacturer of sophisticated submarines and a friend
of Bush, is already being announced as a potential future candidate to chair
the European Union. The cables bring the news today that he was appointed
special envoy for the Middle East, where he so amply
contributed to that disastrous war unleashed by the United States.
In the energy
sector, we see European governments beg for oil in the few regions in the world
where the empire has not forcibly appropriated this resource, in much the same
way it purchases, with worthless bills, any European company it pleases.
The euro, however,
is a stable currency, much more than the dollar, which is constantly being
devalued. Even though the dollar is defended by the holders of US bonds and bills,
the empire faces the risk of an economic disaster of dramatic repercussions.
Europe, on the other
hand, would be one of the areas most severely affected by global warming. Its
well-known and modern port facilities would end up underwater.
desperately proposes free trade agreements with Latin America which are worse
than Washington's, in search of
raw materials and bio-diesel. We are beginning to hear criticisms about this.
But Europe's money is not in the hands of the Community, it belongs
to transnational corporations which may relocate to countries where labor is
cheap in search of profits.
Cuba’s proud and
honorable response has underscored the essentials.
Though every good
strategy includes a good tactic, neither of the two are sound if arrogance and
smugness are tolerated.
themselves will one day come to understand the absurd situation they were led
to by imperialism and will realize that a Caribbean country pointed
out some necessary truths for them. The wild horse of consumerism cannot
continue to gallop madly ahead, for such a race is unsustainable.
The last European
Union meeting held to address the future community treaty was further proof of
the demoralization of Europe. Last Sunday, June 24, the
AFP reported that Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi expressed his
"bitterness” over the Brussels summit, where he
accused European Union leaders of staging the spectacle of an emotionless Europe, in an interview
European, allow me to be embittered for the spectacle I find myself in front
of’, Prodi, ex-chairman of the European Commission, said.
doggedness of some governments to negate every emotional aspect of Europe has
hurt me', he added, referring to Poland,
the Czech Republic,
the Netherlands and
these are the same governments that rebuke Europe for
being far from citizens’, he affirmed.
"’But how can you involve citizens
without involving their emotions? How can you give them pride to be European if
the symbols of its pride [such as the flag and hymn] are
negated?’ he asked”.
lambasted [Tony Blair] for ‘conducting a battle’ against the EU Charter of
“He criticized Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who said he could not
share his stances because Italy and
were 'very different nations'”.
concluded by saying that 'never before had Eurosceptics expressed themselves so
explicitly and programmatically' as in the last Summit”.
the last G-8 meeting, Bush had sent Europeans a chilly message.
this decisive point in time, the number of enemies one has, which will be fewer
and fewer with time, is of no importance. What is important is “the stars we
carry on our foreheads.”