Yesterday I had the satisfaction of having a pleasant
conversation with MahmoudAhmadinejad.
I had not seen him since 2006, more than five years ago, when he visited our
country to participate in the 14th Summit
of the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries in Havana.
During the summit, Cuba was elected for the second time as president of the
organization for a three-year term.
I had become gravely ill on July 26, 2006, a month and a half prior to the summit, and could barely
sit up in bed. Many of the most distinguished leaders who participated in the
event were kind enough to visit me. Chavez and Evo
visited me several times. One afternoon four visitors came by whom I will
always remember: UN Secretary General KofiAnnan; an old friend, AbdelazizButeflika, the president of Algeria; MahmoudAhmadinejad, the president of Iran; and the vice
minister of Foreign Affairs and current Foreign Minister of China, Yang Jiechi, on behalf of the leader of the Communist Party and
the president of China, HuJintao.
It was really an important time for me; I was in the midst of intense
physiotherapy on my right hand that I had seriously injured when I fell in Santa Clara.
With all four I spoke about some of the difficulties facing
the world at the time; problems that have become progressively more complex.
During our meeting yesterday, I noted that the Iranian
president was absolutely calm and tranquil, completely unconcerned about the
Yankee threats and, fully confident in the capacity of his people to confront
any aggression and in the effectiveness of their arms —which, in large part,
they produce themselves— to inflict an unpayable
price on its aggressors.
In reality, we hardly spoke about the topic of war. MahmoudAhmadinejad was focused
on the ideas he had presented at the Main Hall of the University
of Havana during his conference on the struggle of humankind: “Moving
towards reaching and achieving peace, security, respect and human dignity as a
fundamental desire of all human beings throughout history.”
I am convinced that Iran will not commit any rash actions that might contribute to
setting off a war. If a war were to be unleashed, it would inevitably be
completely as a result of the recklessness and congenital irresponsibility of
the Yankee Empire.
I believe that the political situation surrounding Iran and the associated risks of a nuclear war that involves us
all —regardless of whether one possess nuclear weapons— are extremely delicate
because they threaten the very existence of our species. The Middle East
has become the most troubled region on the planet, the same region that
produces the energy resources vital for the world’s economy.
The destructive power and the mass sufferings caused by some
of the weapons used in World War Two led to a strong movement to ban weapons
such as asphyxiating gas and others. Nevertheless, conflicting interests and
the huge profits made by arms manufacturers led to the production of crueler
and more destructive weapons; modern technology has now added the means and
material to build weapons that if used in a world war would lead to extinction.
I support the opinion, undoubtedly shared by all those with
a basic sense of responsibility, that no country big or small has the right to
possess nuclear weapons.
They never should have been used to attack two defenseless
cities such as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing and irradiating with horrible and long-lasting
effects hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, in a country that had
already been militarily defeated.
If fascism indeed
forced the allied nations against Nazism to compete with this enemy of humanity
in the production of such weapons, once the war ended and the United Nations
was created, the first duty of this organization should have been to prohibit
nuclear weapons without exception.
However, the United States, the strongest and richest power, forced the rest of the
world to follow its lead. Today, they have hundreds of satellites that spy and
monitor the entire world from outer space. Their naval, air and land forces are
equipped with thousands of nuclear weapons; and they control the world’s
finances and investments at their whim via the International Monetary Fund.
Analyzing the history of each Latin American nation, from
Mexico to Patagonia, by way of Santo Domingo and Haiti, one can observe that
each and every country, without exception, have suffered for 200 years, from
the beginning of the 19th century up until today. And, in one way or another,
they are increasingly suffering the worst crimes that power and force can
commit against the rights of a people. Brilliant Latin American writers are
emerging in an increasing number. One of them, Eduardo Galeano,
author of the book Open Veins of Latin
America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent that describes the
aforementioned, has just been invited to open the prestigious Casa de Las
Americas Awards as a recognition to his outstanding body of work.
happen incredibly fast; but technologies report them to the public even faster.
On any given day, like today, important news comes out a dizzying pace. A cable
report dated from January 11 states: “The Danish presidency of the European
Union confirmed on Wednesday that a new series of more severe European
sanctions against Iran, because of its nuclear program, will be discussed on
January 23. The new sanctions will not only target the oil industry but also
the Central Bank.”
a meeting with international journalists, Danish Foreign Minister VillySoevndal said that “We will
increase sanctions against the oil industry in addition to sanctions against
financial structures.” This clearly demonstrates that, in order to impede
nuclear proliferation, Israel can go on accumulating hundreds of nuclear warheads while Iran is not allowed to produce 20% enriched uranium.
article, from a respected British news agency, states that “China
gave no hint on Wednesday of giving ground to U.S. demands to curb Iran's oil
revenues, rejecting Washington's sanctions on Tehran as overstepping …”
sheer tranquility with which the United States and civilized Europe carry out this campaign with incredible and systematic acts
of terrorism is enough to shock anybody. Just look at these lines reported by
another important European news agency: “The murder on Wednesday of Iranian
nuclear specialist MostafaAhmadiRoshan [a scientist at the Natanz
nuclear plant] was the fourth attack to kill a leading scientist in the country
in almost exactly two years.”
On January 12, 2010:
“Massoud Ali Mohammadi, a
particle physics professor at TehranUniversity is killed when a booby-trapped motorcycle explodes outside
his home in the capital. “
29, 2010: “Two attacks target leading
Iranian nuclear scientists on the same day. MajidShahriari, a key member of Iran’s Atomic Energy Agency, is killed in Tehran
by a limpet bomb attached to his car. His colleague FereydoonAbbasiDavani is also
targeted by a bomb attached to his car, but escapes.” The car was parked in
front of the ShahidBeheshtiUniversity in Tehran where both men worked as professors.
23, 2011: “Gunmen shoot dead DariushRezaei-Nejad, a senior
scientist who is reportedly associated with the defense ministry, and wound his
wife as they waited for their child outside a Tehran
11, 2012 —the same day that Ahmadinejadtravelled from Nicaragua to Cuba to give a conference at the University
of Havana—, scientist MostafaAhmadiRoshan, “a deputy director
at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, is killed
in a car bomb blast outside the [AllamehTabatabai] University in east Tehran.”
As in previous years “Iran once again accused the United States and Israel.”
killings represent a systematic and selective slaughter of brilliant Iranian
scientists. I have read articles by known Israeli sympathizers who write about
crimes carried out by Israeli intelligence services in cooperation with the United States and NATO as if they were the most normal occurrence.
the same time, Moscow news agencies report that “Russia warned that in Syria a similar scenario is developing as to that in Libya, and added that this time the attack will be launched from
secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev,
said the West wants to ‘punish Damascus not as much for repressing the opposition, but because it
is unwilling to sever ties with Tehran.’”
members and some Persian Gulf states, operating according to the Libya scenario, intend to move from indirect intervention in
Syrian affairs to direct military intervention…This time the main strikes
forces will not be provided by France, the U.K. or Italy, but possibly by neighboring Turkey."
and Ankara are now assumed to be negotiating a “no-fly” zone over Syria, where Syrian armed insurgents can be trained and
concentrated, added Patrushev."
is not only coming out of Iran and the Middle
East, but also from other parts of
Central Asia near the Middle
East. These reports show the great
complexity of the problems that can arise from this dangerous region.
United States has been led by its contradictory and absurd imperial
policy to get involved in serious problems in countries such as Pakistan, whose borders with Afghanistan were drawn up by the colonialists without taking into
account culture or ethnicities.
Afghanistan, which defended its independence against English
colonialism for centuries, drug production has multiplied in the wake of the
Yankee invasion. Meanwhile, European soldiers,
supported by drone airplanes and armed with sophisticated US weapons, carry out deplorable massacres that increase the
people’s hatred and ward off any possibilities of peace. All this and other
dirty actions are also reported by Western news agencies.
12, 2012 - US Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta called the actions of four U.S. marines who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan “utterly deplorable” The video of the act was circulated in
have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly
conduct is entirely inappropriate for members of the United States military and
does not reflect the standards of values our armed forces are sworn to uphold…’”
reality, Panetta neither confirms nor denies the action, and anyone, including
the Secretary of Defense himself, may harbor doubt.
it is also extremely inhumane that men, women and children, or an Afghani
combatant fighting against the foreign occupation, be murdered by bombs dropped
by drone planes. Another very serious incident: dozens of Pakistani soldiers
and officials who safeguarded the country’s borders have been killed by these
President Karzai stated that the outrage committed
against the bodies was “simply inhumane.” He asked for the US government “to urgently investigate the video and apply the most severe punishment to
anyone found guilty in this crime.”
Taliban spokespersons declared that “over the last ten years, hundreds of
similar acts have been carried out that were not reported…”
even feels sorry for those soldiers, thousands of kilometers away from their
family, friends and country, sent to fight in countries that they might not
have even heard of during their school days, where they are assigned the task
of killing or dying to enrich transnational companies, arms manufacturers and
unscrupulous politicians who each year squander funds needed to feed and
educate the uncountable millions of hungry and illiterate people around the
of these soldiers, victims of the trauma suffered, end
up taking their own lives.
it an exaggeration to say that world peace is hanging
by a thread?