Reflections by the Commander in Chief
During a Round Table program aired on Cuban television on
April 25, 2003, I pointed out that the then Spanish President José María Aznar,
an ally of the world's leader in genocides and massacres, had met with
President William Clinton on April 13, 1999, at an uncertain juncture of the
"If we’re at war, let’s make it an all-out war, in order to win, to achieve more than a partial victory. Even if the war must last a month, three months, let's wage it. I don't understand why we have not yet bombed Serbian radio and television".
I will speak frankly. As I've already told President Clinton, the one thing
that cannot happen is for NATO to be defeated now. Not only NATO's credibility,
but its very existence as well, is now at stake. Had this conflict taken place
30 years ago, we would not have intervened.
to Chirac, the French president, he said: "I will speak with him tomorrow
idea is that, in order to win the war, the lines of communication between the
“In addition to this, we must restructure our information policy. NATO's information policy is disastrous. We're giving people the impression we've set out on an adventure, not that we're waging a war. There are real communication gaps. We have to go as far as we can on this, patiently cut off all supplies and lines of communication.
have to be careful with
"We must step up humanitarian aid efforts. Our citizens must see the efficacy of our humanitarian work as the other side of the bombings.
"It would be senseless to change positions now. I spoke with Annan yesterday. I saw that he had a firm stance on the matter. I stressed this to Annan. We can be flexible, but we cannot give people the impression that NATO is withdrawing.
can be flexible with respect to whether NATO would lead this force or not, but
we cannot content ourselves with having OSCE (Organization for Security and
"We must continue to pursue this strategy, to see if it possible for him to be overthrown internally" (He is referring to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic).
"If a number of his generals fear that they can be accused before the Hague Tribunal, they may cooperate. Milosevic will likely try and come to an agreement. We must attempt to have that agreement reduce and not increase his power.
"We need not even touch on the matter of the land operation.
understands that plans are in the making, anything else would be illogical. If
our current strategy isn't working, we have to explore other options. It must
be put on the table for consideration. If everything we're doing leads us
nowhere, we'll have to intervene in the coming months. But our actions could
not be limited to Kosovo. Rather, they would include other areas of the
"If they have no guarantee of a Serbian presence in the regions that symbolize the birth of their civilization for them, they won't accept it. The feeling that native soil has been lost, that this soil must be "liberated", will arise.
"Our priority is to win the war; we'll see what happens afterwards".
I ask Mr. Aznar to tell us whether it is true or not that, on April 13, 1999, he advised President Clinton to bomb Serbian radio and television.
Fidel Castro Ruz
September 29, 2007