Reflections by comrade Fidel
SEVEN DAGGERS AT THE HEART
I read and reread data and articles written by smart personalities, some better known than others, who publish in various media outlets drawing the information from sources nobody questions.
in the world, the people living on this planet are taking economic,
environmental and war risks due to the
The presence of such a powerful empire --with military bases, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers; modern warships and sophisticated fighter planes that can carry any type of weapons, deployed in every continent and ocean; with hundreds of thousands of troops and a government that claims absolute impunity for them-- is the most important headache for any government, be it a leftist, rightist or center government, an allied of the United States or not.
problem for those of us who are its neighbors is not that it is a different
country with a different language. There are Americans of every color and
background. They are people just like us with all kinds of feelings, in one
sense or another. What is dramatic is the system that has been developed there and
imposed on everyone else. That system is not new to the use of force and to the
domination methods that have prevailed throughout history; what is new is the
time we are living. Approaching the issue from a traditional perspective would
be a mistake and no one would benefit.
convictions about the value of conscience and its capacity to prevail over
instincts, it would not be possible to even speak of a hope for change in any
period of the very short history of man. Neither would it be possible to
understand the formidable obstacles lying in the way of the different political
leaders of the Latin American or Ibero-American nations in the hemisphere. In
any case, the peoples living in this part of the world in the last tens of
thousands of years until the famous discovery of the
everybody knows, millions of Africans were uprooted from their land and brought
to work as slaves in this hemisphere. In some countries like Haiti and a large
part of the Caribbean Islands their descendants make up the majority of the
population, and in some other countries they add up to large segments. In the
For centuries that country claimed privileged rights over our continent. At the time of Jose Marti, it tried to impose a single currency based on gold, a metal whose value has been the steadiest through history. In general, international trade was based on gold; but that is not the case today. From the days of Nixon’s administration, world trade developed on the basis of the paper money printed by the United States, the dollar, a currency worth today about 27 times less than in the early ‘70s; one of the many ways to dominate and defraud the rest of the world. At the present moment, however, other currencies are taking the place of the dollar in international trade and in the hard currency reserves.
while the value of the empire’s currency is decreasing, its military forces’
reserves are increasing and the state-of-the-art technology and science
monopolized by the superpower are largely directed to weapons development.
Presently, it is not only the thousands of nuclear missiles or the modern
destructive power of conventional weapons, but the guided planes piloted by
robots. This is not just a fantasy. Some of these aircraft are being used in
more significant is the empire’s plan for the next 30 years anticipating that
Such a military might is not a necessity of the world; it is a necessity of the economic system that the empire imposes to the world.
Anyone understands that if the robots can replace the combat pilots, they can also replace the workers in many factories. The free-trade agreements that the empire is trying to impose on the countries of this hemisphere mean that these workers will have to compete with the advanced technology and the robots of the Yankee industry.
Robots do not go on strike; they are obedient and disciplined. We have seen on TV machinery that can pick up apples and other fruits. The question could also be asked to the American workers. Where will the jobs be? What is the future that capitalism without borders, in its advanced development stage, assigns to the people?
light of this and other realities, the leaders of UNASUR, MERCOSUR, the Rio
Group and others cannot but analyze the very good question raised by
would be a serious mistake to believe that only
present and future generations will pass judgment on their leaders for the way
they conduct themselves at this moment. It is not only the
offers the FTAA, that is, the early ruin of our countries: free transit of
goods and capital, but not free transit of people. They are now afraid that the
opulent consumerist society is inundated by poor Hispanics, indigenous people,
black, mulatto or whites who cannot find jobs in their own countries. They
return everyone who commits an offense or that they do not need; quite often
these people are killed before they enter that country or returned like animals
when they are not necessary. Twelve million Latin American or Caribbean
immigrants remain in the
are other extremely serious dangers. There are always news of immigrants from
what is most incredible is that there is hardly any news in the world about a
war that is taking thousands of lives every year. In 2009, more Mexicans have been
killed than the number of American soldiers who died during Bush’s war on
of the war in
a wave of violence and bloodshed is expanding through the countries of
The imperial plans of domination are preceded by huge sums of money assigned to the task of deceiving and misinforming the public. For this purpose, they have the full complicity of the oligarchy, the bourgeoisie, the rightist intelligentsia and the media.
They are experts in spreading news of the politicians’ mistakes and contradictions.
The fate of mankind must not be left in the hands of robots turned into people or people turned into robots.
In the year 2010, the U.S. government will promote its policy through the State Department and USAID spending 2.2 billion dollars –12 percent more than the Bush administration received in the last year of its second term-- and almost 450 million of them will be used to prove that the tyranny imposed on the world means democracy and respect for human rights.
They constantly appeal to the human beings’ instinct and selfishness; they despise the value of education and conscience. The resistance put up by the Cuban people throughout 50 years is evident. Resistance is the weapon that peoples can never give up. The Puerto Ricans were able to stop the military exercises in Vieques by standing on the site of the firing range.
homeland is today the country they are most worried about for its historical
role in the struggle for the independence of the peoples of the
Fidel Castro Ruz
August 5, 2009