Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE WORLD POLICE FORCE
Many people feel nauseous when they hear the name of that organization.
On Friday, November 19 in Lisbon, Portugal,
the 28 members of that aggressive institution, engendered by the United States,
decided to create something that they cynically call “the new NATO”.
NATO was born after WW II as an instrument of the Cold War unleashed by
imperialism against the USSR, the country that paid for the victory over Nazism with tens of
millions of lives and colossal destruction.
Against the USSR, the United
mobilized, along with a goodly portion of the European population, the far
right and all the neo-fascist dregs of Europe, brimming with hatred and ready to gain the upper hand for the errors
committed by the very leaders of the USSR
after the death of Lenin.
With enormous sacrifice, the Soviet people were able to keep nuclear
parity and to support the struggle for the national liberation of numerous
peoples against the efforts of the European states to maintain the colonial
system which had been imposed by force throughout the centuries; states that,
in the post-war period, became allies of the Yankees who assumed command of the
counter-revolution in the world.
In just 10 days –less than two weeks –world opinion has received three
great and unforgettable lessons: G-20, APEC and NATO, in Seoul, Yokohama and
Lisbon, in such a way that all honest persons who can read and write and whose
minds haven’t been warped by the conditioned reflexes of the imperialist mass
media machine, can have a true idea about the problems affecting humankind
In Lisbon, not one world was said that was capable of transmitting hope to
billions of persons suffering from poverty, under-development, shortages of
food, housing, health, education and jobs.
Quite the opposite: the vainglorious character who is the head of the
NATO military mafia, Anders Fogh Rasmussen declared, in tones reminiscent of a
little Nazi Fuhrer, that the “new strategic concept” was to “act anywhere in
the world”. Not in vain was the Turkish
government about to veto his appointment when the Danish neo-liberal Fogh
Rasmussen, as premier of Denmark, using the excuse of freedom of the press,
defended, in April of 2009, the authors
of serious offences against the prophet Mohammed, a figure much respected by
all Muslim faithful.
There are quite a few in the world who remember the close relations of
cooperation between the Danish government and the Nazi “invaders” during WW II.
NATO, a bird of prey sitting in the lap of the Yankee empire, even
endowed with tactical nuclear weapons
that could be up to many times more destructive that the one that obliterated
the city of Hiroshima , has been committed by the United States in the
genocidal Afghanistan war, something even more complex than the Kosovo exploit
and the war against Serbia where they massacred the city of Belgrade and were
about to suffer a disaster if the government of that country had held its
ground, instead of trusting in the European justice institutions in The
The ignominious declaration
from Lisbon, vaguely and abstractly states in one of its points:
“I support regional stability, democratic values, the security and
integration of the Euro-Atlantic space in the Balkans.”
“The Kosovo mission is oriented towards a lesser and more flexible
Even Russia cannot forget it so easily: the actual fact is that when Yeltsin broke
up the USSR, the United
moved NATO boundaries and its nuclear attack bases forward from Europe and Asia to the heart of Russia.
Those new military installations were also threatening the Peoples’
Republic of China and other Asian countries.
When that happened in 1991, hundreds of SS-19, SS-20 and other powerful
Soviet weapons were able to reach, in a matter of minutes, the US
and NATO military bases in Europe. No NATO Secretary General would
have dared to speak with the arrogance of Rasmussen.
The first agreement on nuclear weapons limitations was signed as early
26, 1972 between President Richard Nixon of the United States
and Communist Party Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev of the USSR
with the aim of limiting the number of antiballistic missiles (ABM Treaty) and
to defend certain points against missiles having nuclear payloads.
Brezhnev and Carter signed new
agreements in Vienna, known as SALT II in 1979, but the US Senate refused to ratify those
The new rearmament promoted by Reagan, with the Strategic Defence
Initiative, ended the SALT agreements.
The Siberian gas pipeline had been blown up already by the CIA.
A new agreement, on the other hand, was signed in 1991 between Bush Sr.
and Gorbachev, five months before the collapse of the USSR.
When that happened, the socialist bloc no longer existed. The countries that the
Red Army had liberated from Nazi occupation were not even able to maintain
independence. Right-wing governments
that came to power moved over to NATO with weapons and baggage and fell into
the hands of the US. The GDR which, under the
leadership of Erich Honecker had made a great effort, was unable to overcome
the ideological and consumerist offensive launched from the same capital that
had been occupied by the Western troops.
As the virtual master of the world, the United States
increased its mercenary and warmongering policy.
Due to a well-manipulated process, the USSR
fell apart. The coup de grâce was dealt
by Boris Yeltsin on December 8, 1991 when, in his
capacity of president of the Russian federation, he declared that the Soviet
Union had ceased to exist. On the 25th of that same month and
year, the red flag bearing the hammer and sickle was lowered from the Kremlin.
A third agreement about strategic weapons was then signed by George H.
W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin, on January 3, 1993, that prohibited
the use of multiple-warhead Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (the IBMs). It
was passed by the US Senate on January 26, 1993 with a margin of
votes of 87 to 4.
was the heir to USSR science and technology – which, in spite of the war and the enormous
sacrifices, it was able to bring its power up to the level of the immense and
wealthy Yankee empire – the victory over fascism, the traditions, the culture
and the glories of the Russian people.
The war in Serbia, a Slavic country and people, had severely sunk its fangs into the
security of the Russian people, something no government could allow itself to
The Russian Duma – outraged by the first Iraq
war and the war in Kosovo where NATO had massacred the Serbian people – refused
to ratify START II and didn’t sign that agreement until 2000 and in that case
it was to try to save the ABM Treaty that the Yankees were not interested in
keeping by that date.
The US tries to use its enormous media resources to maintain, dupe and confuse
world public opinion.
The government of that country is going through a difficult phase as the
result of its war exploits. In the Afghanistan
war, all the NATO countries, with no exception, are committed along with
several others in the world, whose people find hateful and repugnant the
carnage that rich industrialized countries such as Japan
and Australia and others in the Third World are involved in to greater or lesser degrees.
What is the essence of the agreement approved in April of this year by
the US and Russia? Both parties commit to reduce
the number of strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550. About the nuclear warheads
in France, the United
and Israel, all capable of striking Russia,
not one word is spoken. About the
tactical nuclear weapons, some of them much more powerful than the one that
obliterated the city of Hiroshima, nothing. They do not mention the destructive and lethal capacity of
numerous conventional weapons, the radio-electric and other systems of weapons
to which the US dedicates its growing military budget, greater than those of all the
other nations together. Both governments
are aware, and perhaps many of them that met there also, that a third world war
would be the last war. What kind of
delusions can the NATO members be having?
What is the tranquility that humankind can derive from that
meeting? What benefit for the countries
of the Third World,
or even for the international economy, can we possibly hope for?
They cannot even offer the hope that the world economic crisis will be overcome,
nor for how long that improvement would last.
The US total public debt, not only of the central government but of all the
rest of the public and private institutions in that country, now totals a
figure equal to the world GDP of 2009, totalling 58 trillion dollars. Have the
persons meeting in Lisbon even wondered about where those fantastic resources would be coming
from? Simply, about the economies of all the rest of the peoples of the world,
to whom the US handed over pieces of paper transformed into currency that over the
last 40 years, unilaterally, ceased to be backed by gold and now the value of
that metal is 40 times as much. That country still has veto power in the
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Why didn’t they discuss that in Portugal?
The hope of pulling out US, NATO and their allies’ troops from Afghanistan is
idyllic. They will have to leave that
country before they hand over the power to the Afghan resistance, in defeat.
The self-same US allies are beginning to acknowledge now what could happen
decades before the end of that war; would NATO be prepared to stay there all
that time? Would the very citizens of each of the governments meeting there
Not to be forgotten that a vastly populated country, Pakistan, shares a
border of colonial origin with Afghanistan, as well as quite a large percentage
of its inhabitants.
I do not criticize Medvedev; he is very correctly trying to limit the
number of nuclear warheads that are pointing at his country. Barack Obama can make up absolutely no
justification. It would be a joke to imagine that the colossal and costly
deployment of the anti-nuclear missile shield is to protect Europe and Russia
from Iranian rockets, coming from a country that doesn’t even own any tactical
nuclear devices. Not even a children’s
comic book can make such a statement.
Obama already admitted that his promise to withdraw US soldiers from Afghanistan
may be postponed, and the taxes for the richest contributors suspended right
away. After the Nobel Prize, we would
have to award him with the prize for “the best snake charmer” that has ever
Taking into consideration the W. Bush autobiography now on the best
seller list and that some smart editor pulled together for him, why didn’t they
give him the honour of being a guest in Lisbon? Surely the far right, the “Tea Party” of Europe would be happy.
Fidel Castro Ruz
November 21, 2010