Reflections by Comrade Fidel
BUSH IN HEAVENS (Part I)
has two parts, both concluded on Saturday, March 22nd)
In this reflection
I will go by the news received from different sources, including international
cable services, –without specifically recognizing any of them as the
information source, but strictly abiding by the text of the news-- books,
documents, the Internet, and even questions asked to well-documented sources.
There is a big
hustle and bustle everywhere, as if we lived in a mad house. Our very well-known characters continue on
their hectic tour.
After visiting Brazil and Chile,
Condoleezza flew to Moscow to
sound out the new President. She wants
to know his mind. She traveled with the chief of the Pentagon. With a dislocated arm after a fall on
February, he said: “With a broken arm,
I won't be nearly as difficult a negotiator." A typically
Yankee joke. You may figure out
the effect this had on the proud ears of a Russian, whose people suffered the
loss of so many millions of lives in their struggle against the Nazi hordes
which claimed for vital space –what we could call today cheap oil, raw
materials, and guaranteed markets for surplus goods.
We have known of the
adventures of McCain and Cheney in Baghdad; one of them
hopes to become head of government, and the other, being already the deputy
head of government, issues more orders than his boss. They were both welcomed with the most
unexpected and violent predictions. They
devoted less than two days to that, enough time to flood the world with
Bush was delivering speeches
in Washington while the prices
of gold and oil were sky-rocketing.
Cheney didn’t stop. He rushed for the Sultanate of Oman -774,000
oil barrels per day in 2005 and 780,000 in 2004. Last year Oman revealed its
plans to invest 10 billion dollars during the next five years to increase its
oil production to 900,000 barrels per day and reach the figure of 70 to 80
million cubic meters of gas per day. This
is what the Sultanate authorities reported on January 15, 2007.
Cheney, accompanied by his
family, sailed on board of the Sultan’s yacht “Kingfish I” on a fishing tour
nearby the maritime boundaries between Oman and Iran. How bold!
Nobel awards should also be given to those super-brave
who run the risk of death or mutilation after a sumptuous private lunch with a
fishbone stuck in the throat. The
absence of the owner of the luxurious yacht spoiled the hero’s party.
McCain doesn’t stop
either. He jumps into a helicopter to
move around the territory where the Israeli soldiers, while chasing Palestinian
leaders, continue to kill women, children, teenagers and youth in the West Bank with the use of
sophisticated technical means. The
Republican candidate is an expert on that.
He traveled to Jerusalem and
there he promised to be the first to recognize that whole city as the capital
of Israel, which the United States and Europe turned into a sophisticated
nuclear power, whose satellite-guided missiles could fall in Moscow, more than 5000 kilometers away, in a matter
There will be no oil or gas
producing State that Cheney would not visit before he returns to attest to the
happiness of the world before the President of his country.
Bush, for one,
speaks on the 17th for one reason, then on the 18th for another reason, and on
the 19th to mark the beginning of his fantastic war. Cuba, as it was to be
expected, has not ceased to be at the crosshairs of his invectives.
In the midst of the chaos
created by the empire, wars become inseparable sidekicks. It’s been five years since the beginning of
the Iraqi war. Profound thinkers have
estimated the amounts of persons who have been affected, and have calculated that
this war’s total cost amounts to trillions of dollars. Four thousand army soldiers have lost their
lives; for every soldier that is killed thirty more are wounded due to the kind
of war that is being waged. White
phosphorous and cluster bombs are the feed that nurtures this war on a daily
basis. Anything goes, except for living.
Cheney and McCain compete
with one another, one of them as the father of the creature, the other as the
stepfather. They both meet with heads of
State and exact compromises: oil and gas production should be increased, with
the use of Yankee technology, Yankee inputs, and Yankee weapons from the
industrial military complex. Yankee
military bases should be allowed.
From Jerusalem, McCain jumps
into London to talk with
Gordon Brown. Before that, while
speaking in Jordan, he made a
mistake and asserted that Iran, a Shiite
country, was helping to train Al Qaeda, a Sunnite organization. It’s all the same to him; he didn’t even
apologize for his mistake.
Cheney jumps into Afghanistan. The war waged by NATO and the Yankees has
turned the country into the largest opium exporter of the world. The USSR had worn itself
out and plunged into a similar war. Bush launched his first belligerent blow
there, supported by NATO.
They are doing all that needs
to be done to convene two parallel meetings: one to discuss the fight on
terrorism and a NATO meeting.
One thing is certain: Ban Ki-moon, the UN
Secretary General, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO’s top official, will meet with Hamid Karzai, President of
Afghanistan on April 1, 2 and 3 in Bucharest to participate
in the Trans-Atlantic Forum to be held in that city. At the same time there will be a conference
convened by the GMF (the German Marshall Fund of the United States), the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Romania, and Chatham House which will gather a great number of
strategists and politicians to address topics of vital interest for NATO. According to the GMF Chairman, the conference
will be attended by 9 Heads of State, 24 Prime Ministers and ministers, and 40
presidents of research institutions from Europe and the Americas, which make up
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) which dissolved Tito’s Yugoslavia and carried out
the war in Kosovo. Anyone could
understand that any similarity with the interests pursued by the Yankee
imperialism is a mere coincidence. The situation in the Balkans, the anti-missile defense system, the
energy supply and weapons control are unavoidable issues.
Since Bush needs to perform his main character role, he has already drafted
his own schedule: he would be in the
city of Neptun, in the Black Sea, to attend a
meeting with Traian Basescu,
President of Romania, on the eve of the opening of the conference. The fate of humankind which contributes
surplus value and blood, are in those hands.
(To be continued tomorrow, in Part II)
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 22, 2008