Reflections by Comrade Fidel
OBAMA’S SUPERVISED SHAME
Not because it was brutal or clumsy or anticipated was there any less indignation about the Yankee judge from the South Florida District denying René González, the Cuban anti-terrorist hero, the right to return to the heart of his family in Cuba after having served the unfair sentence imposed on him.
After a cruel and undeserved 13-year prison sentence, the United States government – that gave birth to monsters such as Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch who, as CIA agents had a hand in the exploding of a Cuban airliner full of passengers in mid-flight – forces René to remain in that nation, where he shall be at the mercy of unpunished murderers for three long years, under a regime described as supervised “freedom”. Still unfairly and vengefully imprisoned for long terms of confinement, are another three Cuban heroes, and another one sentenced to two life terms. That is how the empire responds to the growing world clamour for the freedom of these men.
If that were not the case, then the empire would cease to be an empire; and Obama would cease to be a fool.
Of course the Cuban heroes shall not be there forever. On the foundations of the unequalled example of dignity and steadfastness, solidarity in the world and in the very heart of the American people shall grow, and it shall put an end to the stupid and unsustainable injustice.
The uncouth decision was made when the UN General Assembly was in the midst of developing a profound debate on the necessity of re-founding that institution. Never have we heard such solid and energetic criticisms.
The Bolivarian leader Hugo Chávez opened it up with his first message to the General Assembly published on the evening of September 21st. Chávez’ second letter, transmitted in an energetic and vibrant tone by Chancellor Nicolás Maduro, was lapidary. In that message, he also denounced the criminal imperialist blockade against our Homeland and the scandalous and cruel vengeance against the 5 Cuban anti-terrorist Heroes.
Such circumstances have forced me to write a third Reflection. I shall transmit the essential ideas of that forceful message, using the very words of the author:
“[…] We do not look for the peace of the cemetery, as said Kant ironically, but a peace based on the most zealous respect for international law. Unfortunately, the UN, through all its history, instead of adding and multiplying efforts in favor of peace among nations, ends up supporting, sometimes through its actions and other times by omission, the most ruthless injustices.”
“From 1945 on, wars have done nothing but inexorably increase and multiply themselves.”
“I want to call on the governments of the world to
“We have to look directly at the terrifying reality of
the world we live in. […] Why is the
“What is behind this new Armageddon?: the absolute power of the military-financial leadership which is destroying the world in order to accumulate ever more profits; the military-financial leadership which is subordinated, de facto, to an increasingly larger group of States. Keep in mind that war is capital’s modus operandi: the war that ruins the majority and makes richer, up to the unthinkable, a few people.
“Right now, there is a very serious threat to global
peace: a new cycle of colonial wars, which started in
“Humanity is on the brink of an unimaginable catastrophe: the world is marching inexorably toward the most devastating ecocide; global warming and its frightening consequences are announcing it, but their perspective on the ecosystem, which resembles the ideology of the conquistadors Cortés and Pizarro , as the influential French thinker Edgar Morin rightly pointed out […] The energy and food crises are sharpening, but capitalism continues to trespass all the limits with impunity.
“…the great U.S. scientist Linus Pauling, awarded the Nobel Prize on two occasions, continues enlightening our path: “I believe that there is a greater power in the world than the evil power of military force, of nuclear bombs -- there is the power of good, of morality, of humanitarianism. I believe in the power of the human spirit”. Let us mobilize all the power of the human spirit: it is time now. It is imperative that we unleash a great political counter-offensive in order to prevent the powers of darkness from finding justifications for going to war, from unleashing a widespread global war through which they attempt to save the western capital.”
“The warmongers, and especially the military-financial leadership that sponsors and leads them, must be defeated.
“Let’s build the balance of the universe foreseen by the Liberator, Simón Bolívar – the balance that, according to his words, cannot be found within war; the balance that is born out of peace.”
“… What has the
no-fly zone established by Security Council resolution 1973 become? How could
NATO perform more than 20,000 missions against the Libyan people if there was a
no-fly zone? After the Libyan Air Force was completely annihilated, the
continued “humanitarian” bombing shows that the West, through NATO, intends to
impose their interests in
“What is the real reason for this military intervention?: Recolonizing Libya in order to capture its wealth. Everything else is related to this goal.
“…the Residence of the Venezuelan Ambassador in
“…Why is the
Libyan seat in the UN granted to the “national transitional council,” while the
“And the same imperialist pattern is being repeated regarding
“It is intolerable that the powerful of this world
intend to claim for themselves the right to order legitimate and sovereign
governments rulers to step down. This was the case in
“If we direct our eyes to the Horn of Africa we will witness a heartbreaking example of the UN’s historical failure: most serious news agencies report that 20-29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in the last three months.”
“What is needed to face this situation is $400
million, not to solve the problem, but just to address the emergency that
“This reality could not be more atrocious, especially
if, at the same time, we ask ourselves how much is being spent to destroy
“…it is frankly regrettable that in the opening address of the 66th General Assembly of the UN, an immediate appeal to solve humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa was not made, while instead we were assured that “the time has come to act” on Syria.”
“We are also crying out for the end to the shameful
and criminal blockade of our sister
“As of 2010, 19 UN General Assembly votes confirm the
universal will demanding that the
“From Venezuela, we believe it is time to demand of the U.S. not only an immediate and unconditional end to the criminal blockade imposed against the Cuban people, but also the release of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters held hostage in the prisons of the American Empire for the sole reason of seeking to prevent the illegal actions of terrorist groups against Cuba, under the shelter of the U.S. government.”
“For us, it is obvious that the UN is not improving,
nor will it improve from the inside. If the Secretary General, along with the
President of the International Criminal Court, take part in an act of war, as
in the case of
“It is unbearable that there is a Security Council that turns its back, whenever it wants to, on the clamor of the majority of nations by deliberately failing to acknowledge the will of the General Assembly. If the Security Council is some sort of club with privileged members, what can the General Assembly do? Where is its room for maneuver, when Security Council members violate international law?
“Paraphrasing Bolívar when he spoke of nascent Yankee imperialism in 1818, we have had enough of the weak following the law while the strong commit abuses. It cannot be us, the peoples of the South, who respect international law while the North violates it, destroying and plundering us.
“If we do not make a commitment, once and for all, to
rebuilding the United Nations, this organization will lose its remaining
credibility. Its crisis of legitimacy will be accelerated until it finally
implodes. In fact, that is what happened to its immediate predecessor: the
“The future of a multi-polar world in peace lies with us. In the articulation of the majority peoples on the planet to defend ourselves from the new colonialism and to attain balance in the universe that neutralizes imperialism and arrogance.
“This broad, generous, respectful call with no exclusions is addressed to all the peoples of the world, but especially to the emerging powers of The South that must take on with courage the role they are being called upon to play in the immediate future.
With these profound ideas, thus concludes the second message of the Bolivarian President Hugo Chávez to the UN General Assembly.
According to the AFP dispatch dated today in
a nice man! How smart he is! So much virtue has not allowed him to understand
yet that 50 years of blockade and the crimes against our Homeland have not been
able to bring our people to their knees.
Many things shall change in
The unyielding resistance of the Cuban patriots is symbolized by our 5 Heroes. They shall never back down! They shall never surrender! As Martí proclaimed, and I have mentioned on other occasions: “Before continuous efforts to free and prosperous country, will join the South Sea to the North Sea and a snake will hatch from an eagle's egg.”
It is obvious that the judge from the South Florida District has put the spotlight on “Obama’s supervised shame”.
Fidel Castro Ruz