by comrade Fidel
THE UNITED STATES, EUROPE
AND HUMAN RIGHTS
The discredited way in which the European Union
suspended its sanctions on Cuba
on June 19 has been reported in 16 international press dispatches. It has
absolutely no economic effect on our country. On the contrary, the United States'
extraterritorial laws and, thus, its economic and financial blockade are still
fully in effect.
At my age and with my state of
health, one cannot be sure of the time one has left to live. Nevertheless, I
want to express my contempt towards the immense hypocrisy of that decision.
Such hypocrisy is made all the more evident by the brutal European measure to
expel illegal immigrants from Latin American countries, some of which have
populations which, in their majority, are of European origin. Immigrants are
also the fruit of colonial, semi-colonial and capitalist exploitation.
In the name of human rights, Cuba is asked
to grant impunity to those who would bind the feet and hands of the homeland
and its people and hand them over to imperialism.
Even Mexican authorities have to
admit that the Miami-based mob, at the service of the U.S.
government, used force to snatch from the hands of an important contingent of
migratory agents, or bought, dozens of illegal immigrants who had been arrested
in Quintana Roo, including innocent children transported by force across
risk-laden seas and mothers obliged to emigrate. Traffickers of human beings,
like drug traffickers, who take advantage of the largest and most coveted of
the world’s markets, have undermined the authority and moral statute needed by
any government to lead the State, spilling Latin American blood everywhere, to
say nothing of those who die trying to emigrate by climbing over the
humiliating border wall erected over what was once Mexican territory.
The food and energy crises, climate
change and inflation are scourging the world's nations. As political helplessness
prevails, ignorance and illusions tend to flourish. Not one of these
governments, let alone those of the Czech
Republic and Sweden, which were firmly opposed
to the European Union’s decision, was able to give coherent answers to the
questions that have been put on the table.
All the while, in Cuba, the
mercenaries and traitors at the empire's service are at their wit’s end and throw
up their hands in horror in defense of the rights to treachery and impunity.
I have many more things to say, but
let this suffice for today. It is not my intention to trouble others with these
words, but, as I am alive, I continue to think about these things.
I shall publish this reflection on
the Internet only, today, June 20, 2008.