Reflections by Comrade Fidel
WHAT SHOULD BE
DEMANDED FROM THE UNITED STATES
The meeting in Costa Rica
didn’t, nor could it, lead to peace. The
people of Honduras
are not at war, it’s just the perpetrators of the coup who are using weapons
against the people. One should demand
that they cease their war against the people.
That meeting between Zelaya and the coup was only good for discrediting
the constitutional president and wearing away at the energies of the Honduran
World public opinion learned
about what was happening in that country through the images broadcast by
international television, basically Telesur, which without losing a
single second, faithfully broadcast each one of the events happening in Honduras, the
speeches made and the unanimous agreements of the international bodies against
The world could watch the
blows that rained down on men and women, the thousands of tear gas bombs thrown
into the crowd, the rude gestures with weapons of war and the shots intended to
intimidate, wound or murder citizens.
The idea that the US ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, didn’t know about
or discouraged the coup is absolutely false.
He knew about it, just like the American military advisors who didn’t
stop for a minute in their training of Honduran troops.
Today we know that the idea
to promote a peace process from Costa
Rica arose from the offices of the State
Department, in order to contribute to the strengthening of the military coup.
The coup was conceived and
organized by unscrupulous characters on the far-right, who were officials in
the confidence of George W. Bush and had been promoted by him.
All of them, without
exception, have a thick file of activities against Cuba. Hugo Lorens, the ambassador in Honduras since
the middle of 2008, is a Cuban-American.
He is part of the group of aggressive US ambassadors in Central America,
made up of Robert Blau, the ambassador in El Salvador, Stephen McFarland in
Guatemala and Robert Callahan in Nicaragua, all appointed by Bush in the months
of July and August of 2008.
The four of them follow the
line of Otto Reich and John Negroponte who, together with Oliver North, were
responsible for the dirty war against Nicaragua
and the death squads in Central America that
cost the peoples of the region tens of thousands of lives.
Negroponte was Bush’s
representative at the United Nations, the US intelligence tsar, and finally under-secretary
of State. Both he and Otto Reich, using
different routes, were behind the coup in Honduras.
The base at Soto Cano in
that country, home to the Joint Task Force-Bravo of the US Armed Forces, is the
main point of support for the coup d’état in Honduras.
The United States has the dismal plan to create five
more military bases around Venezuela,
with the excuse of replacing the one in Manta,
The absurd adventure of the
coup d’état in Honduras has
created a really complicated situation in Central America
that cannot be resolved with trickery, deceit and lies.
Every day we learn about
new details in the US
implication in that action that will also have serious repercussions in all of Latin America.
The idea of a peace
initiative from Costa Rica
was transmitted to the president of that country from the State Department when
Obama was in Moscow and he was declaring at a
Russian university that the only president of Honduras was Manuel Zelaya.
The perpetrators of the
coup were in a predicament. The
initiative transmitted to Costa
Rica was seeking the goal of saving
them. It is clear that every day of
delay has a cost for the constitutional president and tends to dilute the
extraordinary international support he has received. The Yankee manoeuvre does not increase the
possibilities for peace, just the opposite, it decreases them, and the danger
of violence grows, since the peoples of our America will never resign
themselves to the fate that has been programmed for them.
With the Costa Rica meeting, the authority of the UN, the
OAS and the other institutions that committed their support to the people of Honduras is
When Micheletti, the de facto president, yesterday announced
that he is willing to step down from his position if Zelaya resigns, I already
knew that the State Department and the military in the coup had agreed to replace
him and send him again to Congress as part of the manoeuvre.
The only correct thing to
do at this moment is to demand that the government of the United States ceases
its intervention, stops giving military aid to the coup and pulls out its Task
Force from Honduras.
What they want to demand
from the Honduran people in the name of peace is to deny all the principles for
which all the nations of this hemisphere have fought.
“Respect for the rights of others means
peace”, said Juárez.
Fidel Castro Ruz
July 16, 2009