Reflections by comrade Fidel
THE VICTORIOUS TRIP
The cable agencies were quick to get the news out, news which, though not exactly laughable, are indeed ironic. Everyone said their share. There was competition, that is to say, they competed with one another. Videos of Dick Cheney, the war's intellectual author, and his disciple McCain, also reached us. They appear, with a disciplined air about them, among numerous people, in a kind of classroom fitted with simple chairs, where all manner of military chiefs trained in the art of killing are gathered. I will use a straightforward language and quote the opinions of students, teachers, reporters and institutions to reflect the ugly truth of the situation.
The following quotations were taken from Cheney's speech, televised by the omnipresent CNN:
“We’ve made progress not only on the security front, but that they've made progress in governing, as well.”
“When you come here, after you've been here a few times over the years, and watched these events unfold, and focus on the fact this is the -- this week marks the fifth anniversary since we launched into Iraq in March of '03, all that has transpired, not only in the last, what, 14 or 15 months.”
“It's been a remarkable turnaround in the overall security situation and the level of violence, both in terms of military and civilian casualties.”
“I think it's been a difficult, challenging, but nonetheless successful endeavor; […] and that it's been well worth the effort.”
I'm delighted to be back; pleased to be able to return next week to
In response to a question, he said:
“I think the fact that the President made the decision that he did a year ago, when he decided not to reduce force levels in Iraq, but rather to increase them, and add additional five combat brigades, that all of that put to rest any notion that either here inside Iraq or in the region people could, "wait us out."
“ […] but also what happened in terms of people being convinced that the U.S. was here to stay, that we were going to complete the mission.”
have the benefit now of having that year under our belts. So I think now when
Americans – […] talk about what's happening in
At 9:50 a.m., the CNN interrupted this broadcast to air a report on Bush's remarks on the state of the economy.
“Right now we’re dealing with a difficult situation,” the President declared.
broadcast was again interrupted and the reporter added that President Bush had
At that moment, the Financial Times was publishing an article by Alan Greenspan which read that "the current financial crisis in the US is likely to be judged in retrospect as the most wrenching since the end of the second world war (…) The crisis will leave many casualties” What’s more, as Bush spoke, the price of gold reached 1,023.68 dollars the troy ounce and oil was at 112 dollars the barrel.
The news continues to reach us non-stop.
“Monday, March 17, 2008. Millions of Iraqis have little or no access to clean water, sanitation and healthcare, five years after the US-led invasion, according to the Red Cross," BBC World reports, to add:
“Millions had been left essentially to fend for themselves.”
“Some families spend a third of their average monthly wage of $150 […] just buying clean water.”
“Iraqi hospitals lack qualified staff and basic drugs, facilities are not properly maintained and public hospitals provide only 30,000 beds, less than half of the 80,000 needed.”
"Many of those killed in the current violence have never been properly identified.”
"Better security in some parts of
An Amnesty International report run by DPA reads:
“Human rights violations are a constant across the country, where millions of Iraqis depend on humanitarian aid to survive”
“Millions of dollars have been spent on security but today two out of three Iraqis still have no access to safe drinking water and almost one in three of the population –some eight million people– need emergency aid to survive.”
“No-one knows exactly how many people
have been killed in
“Trials are often unfair, with confessions of guilt reportedly obtained under torture.”
ANSA reports that Vice-President Dick
Cheney met in
Cheney, the report adds, also met the
Shortly after Cheney’s arrival, we read,
a violent explosion was reported in the
According to the report, General Kassim
“Helicopter gunship circled over central
“It is Cheney's third vice presidential
“McCain, who has linked his political
“Al-Maliki said he and the vice president discussed ongoing negotiations over a long-term security agreement between the two countries.”
“The U.S. Embassy in
DPA reports on and elaborates on these events further down its article:
“Triple bombings Monday left two people dead and four injured across the
“In the upmarket western Mansour district, a bomb attack on a police patrol left a policeman dead and another injured.”
“In another blast […] three civilians were
injured […] in the […] Zayouna district […]. In central
But the bombings also took place outside the Iraqi capital:
One of the attacks in Kerbala,
The other dispatch added that it was a suicide attack perpetrated by a woman, who detonated an explosive charge which was attached to her body.
In this connection, ANSA reported that a suicide bombing caused between 25 and 36 deaths and wounded dozens today.
In light of these news, which arrive by the hour, was Cheney’s a victorious trip or not?
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 17, 2008