Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE EMPIRE AND THE RIGHT TO LIFE OF HUMAN BEINGS
That’s terrific! So
I exclaimed when I read down to the last line about the revelations of the
famous journalist Seymour Hersh, printed in Democracy
Now! and collected as one of the 25 most censored news
items in the
The material is entitled “The War
Lieutenant General Stanley
McChrystal, named the commander responsible for the war in
“Pulitzer Prize-winning Seymour Hersh said the Bush administration ran an "executive assassination ring" that reported directly to Vice President Dick Cheney and that Congress never felt any concern to investigate. JSOC teams used to travel to different countries, without even speaking to the ambassador or the CIA Station Head, with a list of people they were looking for, finding them, killing them and leaving. There was a current list of people marked as targets, drawn up by Vice President Cheney’s office […] There were assassinations in dozens of countries in the Middle East and in Latin America, Hersh stated : ‘There’s an executive order, signed by Jerry Ford, President Ford, in the ’70s, forbidding such action. It’s not only contrary—it’s illegal, it’s immoral, it’s counterproductive.’
JSOC was also implicated in war crimes, including the
torture of prisoners in secret ‘ghost’ detention centres.
They officially installed the Major
Next we deal with a point of special interest, when such facts came into conflict with officials who, in fulfilling their functions, were obliged to commit deeds that put them in open violation of the law and implied serious crimes.
“An interrogator at Camp Nama known as Jeff described locking prisoners in shipping containers for 24 hours at a time in extreme heat; exposing them to extreme cold with periodic soaking in cold water; bombardment with bright lights and loud music; sleep deprivation; and severe beatings.”
Immediately we are dealing with flagrant violations of
international principles and covenants signed by the
“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the international body charged under international law with monitoring compliance with the Geneva Conventions, and it, therefore, has the right to inspect all facilities where people are detained in a country that is at war or under military occupation.”
“In the explanation why no other press had covered this story, Hersh stated: ‘My colleagues at the press corps often don't follow up, not because they don't want to but because they don't know who to call. If I'm writing something on the Joint Special Operations Command, which is an ostensibly classified unit, how do they find it out? The government will tell them everything I write is wrong or that they can't comment. It's easy for those stories to be dismissed. I do think the relationship with JSOC is changing under Obama. It's more under control now.’.”
…the decision of the Obama Administration to appoint Gen. McChrystal as the new commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan and the prolongation of military jurisdiction for U.S. prisoners in its war on terrorism, held in the Guantanamo Bay prison, are unfortunately examples of how the Obama Administration continues walking in Bush`s footsteps.
Rock Creek Free Press revealed in June 2010 that
Seymour Hersh, taking part in the Global Research Journalism Conference in
By this point, the story comes in contact with highly current reality: the continuity of a policy by the president that succeeded the delirious W. Bush, inventor of the war waged to get power over the most important gas and oil resources in the world in a region inhabited by more than 2.5 billion people, by virtue of acts committed against the people of the United States by an organization of men who were recruited and armed by the CIA to fight in Afghanistan against Soviet soldiers and who continue to enjoy the backing of the closest U.S. allies.
complex and unpredictable area whose resources are being disputed goes from
Iraq and the Middle East right up to the remote limits of the Chinese region of
Xinjiang, going through Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, and
the former Soviet republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazajstan, Kirguistan and
Tayikistan, capable of supplying the gas and oil for the growing economy of the
Peoples` Republic of China and industrialized Europe. The population of
Among the 25 most censured news items by the great media, selected by Sonoma State University of California, as it has been doing for 34 years, one of them, corresponding to the 2009-2010 period, was “The War Crimes of General Stanley McChrystal”; and another two are related with our island: “The Media Ignores Cuban Medical Aid in Haitian Earthquake” and “Prisoners in Guantanamo are Still Being Brutalized”. A fourth state: “Obama Reduces Social Spending and Increases the Military”.
Our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez, was politically responsible for the Cuban Medical Mission sent to Pakistan when the destructive earthquake battered the simple nature of that country`s north-eastern region where extensive areas inhabited by the same ethnic group, with the same culture and traditions were arbitrarily split up by English colonialism into countries that later fell under the aegis of the Yankees.
In his speech yesterday, on October 26th, at UN headquarters, he demonstrated how excellently well-informed he is about the international situation of our complicated world.
His brilliant speech and the Resolution approved by that body, because of its great importance, require a Reflection that I propose to write.
Fidel Castro Ruz
October 27, 2010