REFLECTIONS BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE
These reflections are self-explanatory.
In that already famous Super Tuesday, a day of the
week when a number of States of the
On the other hand, the struggle for the Democratic Party candidate is much tougher. Even though we are dealing, as usual, with an active part of the enfranchised population that tends to be a minority, we are already hearing all kinds of opinions and speculations about the consequences of the final outcome of the electoral battle for the country and the world, if mankind escapes the warmongering adventures of Bush.
It is not up to me to talk about the history of a
candidate for the Presidency of the
McCain has said that some of his comrades were
tortured by Cuban agents in
I hope that the
The McCain file shows that he was a prisoner of war
As he tells it himself, he was 31 years old at the
time and flying his 23rd bombing mission. His plane, an A-4E Skyhawk
was shot down over
The bombing of Vietnam, begun in 1965, shocked
international opinion, very sensitized to air attacks by the superpower against
a small third world country which had been turned into a French colony,
thousands of miles away from distant Europe. The Vietnamese people fought
against Japanese occupation forces during World War II and, when that war
The noble “anamitas”, as José Martí affectionately
called them, holders of millenary culture and values were portrayed, to
Going along with that, McCain later said that the fact that his father was an Admiral and commanded the U.S. forces in the Pacific led the Vietnamese Resistance to offer him early liberation if he would admit that he had committed war crimes; he refused, arguing that the Military Code provides that prisoners be liberated in the order they were captured, and that meant five years of prison, beatings and torture in a prison area the Americans called the “Hanoi Hilton.”
The final pull out from
McCain, one of the many U.S. pilots shot down and wounded in the declared, or undeclared, wars of their country, was decorated with the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.
A TV movie based on his memoirs of the experiences as a POW was broadcast on Memorial Day of 2005 and he became famous for videos and speeches on the subject.
The worst statement he made regarding our country was that Cuban interrogators had been regularly torturing American prisoners.
As a reaction to McCain’s incredible words, I became interested in the matter. I wanted to know where such a strange legend had come from. I asked that someone find information on the attribution. I was informed that there was a highly promoted book which was the basis for the movie. This was written by McCain and Mark Salter, his Senate administrative advisor, who continues to work and write with him. I asked for it to be translated. This was done, as on other occasions, very quickly by qualified staff. The title of the book: Faith of My Fathers, 349 pages, published in 1999.
His accusation against internationalist Cuban revolutionaries --using the nickname Fidel to identify one of them who was capable of “torturing a prisoner to death”-- is totally lacking in any ethics.
Allow me to remind you, Mr. McCain: The commandments
of your religion forbid you from lying. Your years in prison and the wounds you
received as a result of your attacks on
Some facts must be brought to your attention. In Cuba, we had a rebellion against a despot who was put into power by the United States on March 10, 1952, imposed on the Cuban people, when you were just about to turn 16 years old, and the Republican government of a celebrated soldier, Dwight D. Eisenhower –who indeed was the first one to speak of the industrial-military complex– immediately recognized and supported that government. I was a bit older than you; I would have my 26 birthday that August, the same month when you were born. Eisenhower had not yet completed his presidential term that had begun in the 1950’s, some years after he became famous for the allied landing in the north of France, with the support of 10 thousand planes and the most powerful naval force known up to that time.
It was a war, formally declared by the powers fighting Hitler. The Nazis had launched a pre-emptive attack, without warning and without any prior declaration of war. A new style of producing great slaughters was imposed on mankind.
In 1945, two bombs of roughly 20 kilotons each were
used against the civilian populations of
In the 1950’s, the government of the
When the Revolution triumphs in Cuba on January 1st, 1959, almost 15 years after the explosion of the first nuclear weapons, and we proclaim an Agrarian Reform Act based on the principle of national sovereignty, consecrated by the blood of millions of combatants who died in that war, the United States response was a program of illegal deeds and terrorist attacks against the Cuban people, signed by the President of the United States himself, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The attack on the
You accuse Cuban revolutionaries of being torturers.
I seriously urge you to find a single one of the more than a thousand prisoners
captured during the
The prisoners were citizens born in
You have admitted that you are in favor of the death
penalty for very serious crimes. What would have you done if faced by such
acts? How many would you have sentenced for that treason? In
I visited the mass of
You should know that while we were negotiating their
liberation in exchange for compensation by food and medicines for children, the
I shall not go
into detail about the long list of hundreds of assassination attempts on me.
None of this is made up. It has been stated in official documents circulated by
What ethics underlie such deeds, vehemently defended by you as a matter of principles?
I shall attempt to delve deeper into those matters.
Fidel Castro Ruz