Reflections by Comrade Fidel
WE WILL NEVER FORGET
Matsumi Matsumura.- Comandante, we were with a brigade that was working in Shihan and we had the opportunity to meet the relatives of the Five Anti-terrorist Heroes, and we learned a lot about the issue of the Five Heroes. We have also been learning about this subject on board.
As you just mentioned, September 12 marked the 12th anniversary of the Cuban Heroes and we, the members of the Peace Boat, also wish for their release, the sooner the better; for our part, we promise to support this campaign from far away, from Japan (Applause).
Comandante, then, what I was saying is that we have been learning already.
Furthermore, you referred to the subject of the
education and health systems in
Cmdte.- This is an important moment. At the United Nations, they are currently discussing—I know you are part of the United Nations as members of the Social Economic Council—the UN goals, they are holding a conference there, before the general debate takes place. Well, the United Nations is the only thing we supposedly have, because at times it seems nonexistent, since they discuss the development problems, the development goals, the education goals, the health goals, and these are increasing unmet; on the contrary, every time there is a crisis a step backwards occurs.
The purchasing power of the Americans themselves has reduced their buying capacity 43.6 percent. You can imagine an economy in which, all of a sudden, much of what is produced by the sectors of services, the industry, etc is no longer purchased, and the unemployment it causes.
Unfortunately, we have had to collect a lot of
information about the
not even know what the role of a president in the
If they were looking for a military pretext, why didn’t they launch the two bombs on military facilities or bases? Why did they launch them on the civilian population? Why did they decide to kill over 100,000 people and unleash so much suffering? They did know what the bomb meant. And few days ago, there was this film showing th plane that carried the bomb, they named it after the pilot’s mother. See how much pride! What an honor! How can they give a mother’s name to the plane that launched the bomb and killed over 100,000 people in just few minutes?
It was a cruel action, an indescribable experiment at the expense of the suffering of hundreds of thousands of helpless people who were not responsible at all for the war.
Junko said you had been to
The President still has the faculty to use the
nuclear weapon or initiate a war. After the war breaks out…and this has special
significance, because right at this moment there a situation of real danger of
war, and of nuclear war. We all know about the situation existing in
I warn you that there is a very dangerous
situation. They have sent an American-Israeli squadron to the coasts of
The State of Israel has been working on programs, we can say that it has become the world’s fifth nuclear power, and it is determined, it already did it against Iraq with its attack on the nuclear research center; it did it in Syria with its attack on the research center, this happened in 2007; the case of Iraq occurred in the 1980s, and according to articles by well informed journalists and statements by its leaders, it is well known they are determined-- if the Americans do not attack Iran-- to carry out these actions on their own, to destroy the research centers, destroy the plants that are operating or about to operate to produce electricity.
I already wrote about this, particularly, about the dangers of a war in that zone. I have written 26 reflections, including the latest one in which I spoke about the gypsies, one of the groups that were submitted to extermination in Nazi concentration camps; the main victims were the Jews, the Gypsies and the Russians by virtue of Hitler’s cynical doctrine about vital space.
I have my positions with respect to all this, I
have never hesitated to condemn the Holocaust, because it was a cruel act; but
this is a position and the other is related to interventionism and
All these problems are ongoing. I encourage you to pay attention to all
that. I do not know what material we can send them, perhaps the
reflections that we have published on the subject.
Well, how many Japanese translators do we have?
Kenia Serrano .- In
.- We will also send Robock’s lecture and some other material.
So what we can do is humbly cooperate with you in any way we can. Surely you have the film Home, by French filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand, on the environment. It is one of the best things that have been made.
If they attack Iran to destroy the reactors, the war becomes nuclear, quite simply, because the Iranians have developed defensive conventional weapons, developed unmanned aircraft, have hundreds of missile launchers; there would not be a surface vessel left intact, because they can defend themselves against one, or two, but not against many missiles that are launched simultaneously, as far as I know. Can you imagine such a situation? If they underestimate the Iranians and launch an attack on those places, the losses by the attackers will be very high. The attackers know that an unending war would start, who controls such a situation? An order to attack is easy to give, that’s how all wars start. But, in my view, it can also be the last, because, in my opinion, in this case it would inevitably be nuclear. Hopefully it will not happen, but it is one of the short-term dangers that I consider imminent.
We, as I have said, are already working modestly and appreciate all the news you can send us, and if they keep coming and we have time, I say time if we do not have to interrupt other things, we will reconvene. I promise.
Thank you (Applause).
Inoue Nao.- Thank you very much.
We have taken advantage and have learned a lot.
To know the reality of what is happening here in Havana, in fact the participants in the Peace Boat- well we only just got here- only know the cruise terminal. So, after we leave here to know the other activities, the work that the Cubans are doing and also to see directly the activities and policies that you have built.
In truth, many thanks.
Cmdr .- Aren’t you going straight to
Matsumura .- We are passing by
Here, Commander, I would like to introduce a very important guest who is here, the Minister of Culture of Nicaragua, Mr. Luis Mora, Minister of Culture (Applause).
Cmdr .- But he came with you or was he waiting for you here?
Luis Mora .- I was here in
Cmdr .- But you're going to
Luis Mora .- To Nicaragua, to Corinto.
Cmdr .- And who is the other one?
Luis Mora .- We are very pleased to be here
with you. Greetings from Daniel and Rosario, from the people of
Cmdr .- Thank you.
Luis Mora .- For sure, for sure.
Matsumi Matsumura .- Thank you.
At his side, and also a consultant, from the
Interpreter .- The Caribbean side of
John Hopkison .- A pleasure, from the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, Bluefields, where you were, Commander, walking the streets of Bluefields, many years ago.
Cmdr .- Yes, yes, I'm very happy (Applause).
Inoue Nao .- This is a bell and I hope in
your bedroom a peaceful wind blows and make the bell give a peaceful sound too (He
hands over the bell).
I would also like to give as a gift, our boat, the Peace Boat, which is now in the
Kenia Serrano .- The ship in which they travel is called the SOS Oceanic, it has the Panamanian flag.
Cmdr.- Well, I'll look after it.
Inoue Nao.- In truth, many thanks again for having received us. We are committed to further advancing our activities and, above all, working with ICAP, which is always supporting us by doing programs here and exchanges, led by Kenia and also the vice president Alicia Corredera, who always supports us.
Thank you, Commander (Applause).
(They give him the gifts.)
Cmdr .- I think I stole an extra hour,
but I hope that with the others you can make it up. Because of me you are going to leave
an hour late (Laughter and applause.)
At this point the meeting ended. The objectivity of what I expressed can be demonstrated.
You can see that when I spoke of Franklin D. Roosevelt, I said that I believe he would not have released those bombs, he was truly anti-fascist and within the economic and political system of the country, he did not reduce, but raised taxes on the millionaires, to the extent that he was hated by the right; which was represented by Harry Truman in the heart of the empire.
The world should know, and think about the fact that Harry S. Truman, in a radio address to the
nation on August 9, 1945, said verbatim:
"The world will know that the first atomic bomb dropped on a military base in
There was no military base in
Disclosing that lie was a disgusting act of cynicism. Truman was aware and fully informed of the destructive power of the weapon.
On August 6, on the 65th
anniversary of that monstrous crime, Canadian academic Michel Chossudovsky
reported that Harry S. Truman himself wrote in his diary 11 days before the
release of the bomb:
"We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world. It could be the fire destruction that was foretold in the Euphrates valley, after Noah’s
It was undoubtedly the greatest and most cynical murder in history.
Fidel Castro Ruz
September 26, 2010