Reflections by comrade Fidel
I WOULD SO MUCH LIKE TO BE WRONG
When these lines are published in the Granma newspaper tomorrow, Friday, the date of July 26, when we proudly remember the honor of having resisted the imperialists’ attacks, will be felt distant, despite the fact that it is only 32 days away.
Those who determine every step of humanity’s worst enemy –the US imperialism, a combination of miserable material interests, contempt and underestimation of the other peoples who inhabit this planet—have calculated everything with mathematical precision.
In the Reflection of June 16, I wrote: “The diabolic reports slide down little by little in between matches of the Football World Cup, so that nobody takes notice.”
The famous sports contest is now in its most exciting moment. For 14 days, the teams with the best players from 32 nations have been competing to advance to the stage of quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the final competition.
The sports enthusiasm grows constantly attracting hundreds of millions or perhaps even billions of people worldwide.
But, we should be wondering how many are aware that from June 20 US warships, including the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman, escorted by one or more nuclear submarines and other warships carrying missiles and cannons more powerful than the old battleships used during the last World War between 1939 and 1945, have been moving towards the Iranian coasts via the Suez Canal.
This movement of the Yankee naval forces is accompanied by Israeli military ships, carrying equally sophisticated weaponry, intended to supervise any vessel involved in the import or export of commercial products required by the Iranian economy for its operations.
Another tougher resolution was adopted by the US Senate.
a third and even tougher resolution was approved by the member countries of the
European Community. All of this happened before June 20, which motivated French
President Nicolas Sarkozy to make an urgent trip to
it’s a matter of calculating when the American and Israeli naval forces will be
deployed off the coasts of
It is still worse that, the same as the United States, Israel --its gendarme in the Middle East—has state-of-the-art fighter planes and sophisticated nuclear weapons supplied by the United States, which have turned it into the sixth nuclear power on Earth, in terms of its fire power, and one of eight such powers that include India and Pakistan.
Shah of Iran was overthrown by the Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini in 1979 without firing one shot. But then the
in 2010, thirty-one years later, both the
These forces are compounded by 20 million men and women, ages 12 through 60, selected and systematically trained by their various armed institutions, from the 70 million people who live in that country.
hope is now harmless. It’s simply ridiculous to think that the
thought, as I analyzed the current situation, that the
conflict would start at the Korean peninsula, where the second Korean War would
break out, and that another war would immediately follow; the one that the
Now, we are witnessing a different
turn of events: the war in
The leadership of North Korea, which was accused of sinking the ‘Cheonan’ and which knows only too well that said ship was sunk by a mine attached to its hull by the Yankee intelligence services, will not miss a second to act as soon as Iran is attacked.
It is only fair that football fans freely enjoy the competitions of this World Cup. I simply fulfill my duty of informing our people, as I think mostly of our youths, full of life and hopes, especially our wonderful children, so that the developments do not catch them by surprise.
It hurts to think of the dreams conceived by human beings and the amazing things they have created in barely a few thousand years.
At a time when the most revolutionary dreams are coming true and our homeland is firmly on the path to recovery, I would so much like to be wrong!
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 24, 2010