Reflections by comrade Fidel
THE EMPIRE AND THE WAR
Two days ago, I said in a few words that imperialism was unable to solve the extremely serious problem of drug abuse, which has become a scourge for the people all over the world. Today, I wish to deal with another issue that I consider of major significance.
The current danger that the United States attacks North Korea, following the recent incident in the territorial waters of the latter, could perhaps be thwarted if the President of the People’s Republic of China decides to exercise the right to veto --a prerogative that country totally dislikes-- with respect to the agreements currently under discussion at the UN Security Council.
But, there is a second and more serious
problem for which the
In a Reflection I wrote only four days after that, --when I had access to an official copy of his remarks-- I used many parts of it to analyze its significance. I shall now mention some of them.
meet at a time of great tension between the
“…colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”
This and other arguments sounded particularly impressive as they were voiced by an African-American US President; they resonated like the self-evident truths contained in the Declaration of Philadelphia of July 4, 1776.
“I've come here to
“As the Holy Quran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth."”
“And I consider it part of my
responsibility as President of the
Thus, he continued dealing with thorny issues from the universe of insoluble contradictions involving US policies.
“Since the Islamic Revolution,
“Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank,
Today, we know that white phosphorus and other inhumane and cruel substances are often dropped on the population of the Gaza Strip with a truly Nazi fascist frenzy. Still, Obama’s assertions seemed vibrant, and on occasions sincere, as he repeated them once and again during his feverish racing around the world, wherever he promptly arrived in his US Air Force One.
Yesterday, May 31, the international community was shocked when in international waters, --tens of thousands of miles off the coast of Gaza-- nearly one hundred Israeli paratroops jumped from helicopters, in the wee small hours, recklessly shooting on hundreds of peaceful people from various nationalities, causing them --according to press reports-- no less than 20 dead and scores of injured. There were also Americans among those under attack, who were carrying goods to the Palestinians besieged in their own homeland.
When Obama spoke at the Islamic University
of Al-Azhar about “the overthrow of a democratically elected Iranian
government” and immediately added that “since
the Islamic Revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and
violence against U.S. troops and civilians...”
he was referring to the revolutionary movement promoted by the Ayatollah
Ruhollah Khomeini who --from Paris and without a weapon-- crushed the Armed
Forces of the most powerful US gendarme in South Asia. It was very difficult
for the mightiest power of the world not to succumb to the temptation of
setting up one of its military bases there, south of the
More than five decades back, the
He obviously meant the big capitalist
powers that controlled the world economy. In view of the intransigence of the
British Petroleum, then known as the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company,
The country was unable to train its technicians.
That is the only thing the
Nevertheless, I am sure that millions of smart and honest Americans understand these truths.
President Obama can make hundreds of speeches trying to accommodate irreconcilable contradictions to the detriment of truth; or he can dream of the magic of his well articulated phrases while making concessions to personalities and groups lacking in ethics. He can also portray fantastic worlds that only fit in his head, as they are planted there by unscrupulous advisors aware of his tendencies.
Two unavoidable questions: Will Obama be
able to enjoy the excitement of a second presidential term without seeing the
Pentagon or the State of Israel, --whose behavior shows that it does not accept
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 1, 2010