by Comrade Fidel
After the G-20 Summit that took up the world’s
attention, news continued to arrive through the press agencies about the
feverish activity of the man who had been the star in London, Barack Obama, the
new president of the United States; he has embarked on the first 100 days of
his administration, under the scrutiny of those who closely follow
As punctual as a digital watch, he travels from one
place to the next, meeting with political leaders, commemorating anniversaries,
receiving honors, visiting cities, holding press conferences, announcing plans,
launching messages and making speeches.
With the supersonic G-20 Summit barely concluded,
he leaves for Strasbourg, France, on the German border. He meets there on the 3rd with
Sarkozy who was happy about not having had to leave the G-20 table in London. They deal with numerous problems which
concern Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, the Near East and they promise to work “hand
in hand” to build a new world. “I am
convinced that the United States,
Russia and Europe are
interested in preventing Iran
from having atomic weapons. In many
cases we have common interests with Russia, but we also have
differences of opinion on key issues”, he states.
It is announced that both Obama and Sarkozy will
participate with 26 other countries in the NATO summit that would begin that
afternoon in the German town of Baden-Baden and
would conclude the following day in Strasbourg.
Before leaving, he states that “Europe should not
let the United States
bear this burden alone because this is a problem concerning both and a joint
effort is necessary”.
“We do not seek to be chiefs in Europe; we are
seeking to be partners with Europe”.
He leaves Strasbourg
en route to the town of Baden-Baden to meet with
German Chancellor Angela Merckel before a dinner with the 26 NATO heads of
states and governments, plus those of Croatia
who are applying for admission. The
summit will serve as the opening for the 60th anniversary of the
military organization. There they intended
to analyze relations with Russia
that “reached their lowest point in the past month of August after the
Another objective was discussion to renew the Alliance’s strategic
action concept dating back to 1999 to adjust it to the new threats.
Discussion of the Afghanistan and Kosovo situation
On the 3rd in Strasbourg, Obama meets
with more than three thousand young French and Germans and he delivers a short
speech which shall be talked about considerably in the future because of its
“I have come to Europe
this week to renew our alliance. The United States is changing but it cannot only be America that is
changing”. Then he announces the
contents of the speech he will be making in Prague about nuclear proliferation and he
asserts that his aim is: “a world without nuclear weapons”.
At another moment he added: “Even now, that the
Cold War has ended, the expansion of nuclear weapons or the theft of nuclear
material could bring destruction to any city on the planet”.
The growing concern in the world about the enormous
destructive and annihilating power of those weapons is unquestionable; it joins
the concerns of other states, especially the American society itself, about the
risks of nuclear sabotage. That is what
Obama literally says with his phrase: “the theft of nuclear material could
bring destruction to any city on the planet”.
On April 4, giving a speech at the NATO Summit, he
welcomed Croatia and Albania to the
heart of that military entity thus bringing to 28 the number of members. The president of the United States stressed that 140 Albanian and 296
Croatian soldiers have served in Afghanistan. “I think that both will be steadfast
contributors to the Alliance”.
The contradictory forms with which the American
president expresses his ideas are evident.
“The doors of the Alliance
will continue to be open for other countries who comply with NATO standards and
who can make a significant contribution to the security of the Alliance.”
The EFE news agency explains: “Russia reveals
itself to be highly critical of NATO expansion towards the east, and in
particular towards the former Soviet republics that it considers to be its
natural sphere of influence”.
“Last year at its April summit in Bucharest,
the Alliance promised an eventual path to the
admission of the Ukraine and
supported by Obama’s predecessor George W. Bush”, the cable reminds us.
Could it be that there is any doubt about NATO
being a warlike and aggressive organization, one that threatens not only Russia but also
other countries in any part of the world?
Could the Guantanamo
torture centre have been created and maintained without the cooperation of the
numerous NATO countries?
Yet again, the audacity and the contradictions are
expressed at the first summit of the president of the United States with the European Union in Prague. He promised “to lead efforts for a world
without nuclear weapons”.
“We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we
can lead it.”
He specifically stated that he hoped to achieve a
speedy end to nuclear testing and confirmed his hope of seeking Senate approval
for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
“I also advocate a world summit meeting on nuclear
security to be held next year”, the cables point out.
There is also information that “Obama was woken up
to be informed of the launching of a North Korean rocket that apparently flew
over Japan. He requested that the UN Security Council
respond firmly to the provocation in an emergency meeting held that very same
On March 12, the Peoples’ Republic of Korea
had announced that between April 4 and 8 it would be launching a communications
satellite as part of a peaceful spatial program. That was known when Obama spoke in Strasbourg to the French
and German young people.
After he was informed in Prague, he drew up a statement which
expressed: “Rules must be binding.
Violations must be punished.
Words must mean something.”
Launching a rocket that will orbit communications
media, testing technology or taking a tourist on a trip are not crimes unless
they are done by the Peoples’ Republic
of Korea which does not
belong to the club of the most powerful and those who have the resources to
apply such sophisticated technology. Japan took advantage of the
opportunity to adjust its anti-satellite missiles and to improve its defense
without anybody questioning that right.
I think it was an exaggeration to wake up Obama in
the early morning hours.
Before leaving Prague, at a gathering of 30,000 people, he
said: “To say that nuclear weapons are inevitable is like saying that the use
of nuclear weapons is inevitable.
Humanity must once again become master of its own destiny”. This is a very strong assertion. However, he later added that the space shield
that the U.S.
projects for European territory is a program that responds to the Iranian
nuclear menace. Such a statement is not
consistent with the truth and I do not understand his reiteration of it.
Russia rejects that plan for the
space shield and considers it to be expansionist; therefore, it demands its
During the night of Sunday the 5th, he
arrived in Turkey.
After meeting on Monday with Turkish leaders in Ankara, the capital of that Euro-Asian nation, and
delivering a speech in parliament, he announced that he would be traveling to Istanbul to attend the
Second Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations.
In Prague he had
promised to support Turkey’s
admittance into the European Union, something which is opposed by France, Germany and
he again asked for Turkish admission to the European Union. He pointed out that, nevertheless, Turkey ought to
make efforts to reinforce its democracy.
The first thing he did upon arrival in that country
was to pay tribute to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
“We shall be respectful even though we may not
agree”, he stated before parliament; another profound phrase.
“The United States
is not, nor will it be, at war with Islam,” he said.
Thousands of Turks had taken to the streets to
The president of the United
States ended his visit on the 7th at 2:20 Istanbul time, Turkey’s main city, after a tiring
His last meeting was with the students. He made a plea to the young people to lay bridges
between Islam and the West. As EFE reports
it, he urged the Muslims to ignore the “caricatures” that depict the Americans
as ignorant or insensitive and he assured them that “that is not the country he
The events described reflect the complexity of the
tasks Obama bears on his shoulders.
He had frankly declared: “In four or eight years it
can be said whether I have pursued the same policies or if things have
Even though he was a messenger with mixed signals, his
obvious good health and agile mind operating like a working machine allowed the
black president to carry out his first foreign visit with unquestionable
He certainly does not resemble his predecessor at
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 8, 2009