NATO’s genocidal role (Part I and II)

NATO’s genocidal role (Part I)
(Taken from CubaDebate)

THIS brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious tool of repression known in the history of humanity.

NATO assumed this global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served as the U.S. pretext for its creation, disappeared. Its criminal purpose became obvious in Serbia, a country of Slavic origin, whose people heroically struggled against the Nazis during World War II.

 

In March of 1999, when the countries of this nefarious organization, in its efforts to break up Yugoslavia after the death of Josip Broz Tito, sent in troops to support the Kosovar secessionists, they met with strong resistance on the part of the country’s experienced forces which remained intact.

 

The yankee administration, advised by the right-wing Spanish government of José María Aznar, attacked Serbian television stations, bridges over the Danube River and Belgrade, the capital of the country. The embassy of the People’s Republic of China was destroyed by yankee bombs and several functionaries died. This could not have been any mistake, as those responsible alleged. A great number of Serbian patriots lost their lives. President Slobodan Miloševic, overwhelmed by the power of the aggressors and the disappearance of the USSR, submitted to NATO demands and allowed the presence of troops from this alliance within Kosovo, under United Nations command, which finally led to his political defeat and subsequent prosecution by the less than impartial court of The Hague. He died under mysterious circumstances in prison. Had the Serbian leader resisted a few more days, NATO would have faced a serious crisis which was about to erupt. The empire thus had more time at its disposal to impose its hegemony among the increasing number of subordinate members within the organization.

 

Between February 21 and April 27 of this year, I published, on the CubaDebate website, nine Reflections about the issues, in which I amply addressed the role of NATO in Libya and what, in my opinion, was going to happen.

 

I therefore find myself obliged to offer a summary of the essential ideas I presented and of the events which have occurred just as they were foreseen, given that a central figure in the story, Muammar Al-Gaddafi, was mortally wounded by NATO’s most modern fighter planes which intercepted and immobilized his vehicle, was captured alive and then assassinated by men armed by this organization.

 

His body was seized and exhibited as a war trophy, conduct which violates the most fundamental principles of Islamic norms and other religious beliefs around the world. It was announced that shortly Libya will be declared “a democratic state which defends human rights.”

 

I find myself obliged to devote several Reflections to these important and significant events.

 

I will continue tomorrow.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 23, 2011
6:10 p.m.

Translated by Granma International


 

 

 Havana.  October 25, 2011

 

REFLECTIONS OF FIDEL
NATO’s genocidal role  (Part II)
(Taken from CubaDebate)

A little more than eight months ago, on February 21 of this year, I affirmed with full conviction, “NATO’s plan is to occupy Libya.” Under this title I addressed the issue for the first time in a Reflection the content of which appeared to be pure fantasy.

 

I include in these lines the facts which led me to that conclusion.

 

“Oil became the principal wealth in the hands of the large yankee transnationals; with that source of energy, they had at their disposal an instrument that considerably increased their political power in the world.”

 

“Current civilization was developed on the basis of this source of energy. Of the nations in this hemisphere it was Venezuela which paid the highest price. The United States made itself the owner of the vast oilfields which nature endowed upon that sister nation.

 

“At the end of the last World War it began to extract large volumes from oilfields in Iran, as well as those of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Arab countries located around them. These came to be the principal suppliers. World consumption rose progressively to the fabulous figure of approximately 80 million barrels per day, including those pumped in U.S. territory, to which gas, hydro-electric and nuclear energy were subsequently added.”

 

“The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, totally unresolved, being endured by humanity: climate change.”

 

“In December of 1951, Libya became the first African country to attain its independence after World War II, during which its territory was the scene of significant battles between German and British troops…”

 

“Total desert covers 95% of its territory. Technology made it possible to find significant fields of excellent quality light oil, currently providing 800 billion barrels per day, and abundant natural gas deposits. [… ] Its harsh desert is located above an enormous lake of fossil water, equivalent to more than three times the land surface of Cuba, which has made it possible to construct a broad network of fresh water pipes which extends throughout the country.”

 

“The Libyan Revolution took place in September 1969. Its principal leader was Muammar al-Gaddafi, a soldier of Bedouin origin who was inspired in his early youth by the ideas of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. Without any doubt, many of his decisions are associated with the changes that came about when, as in Egypt, a weak and corrupt monarchy was overthrown in Libya.”

 

“One can be in agreement with Gaddafi or not. The world has been invaded with all kind of news, especially through the mass media. We shall have to wait the time needed to discover precisely how much is truth or lies, or a mix of the events, of all kinds, which, in the midst of chaos, have been taking place in Libya. What is absolutely evident to me is that the government of the United States is totally unconcerned about peace in Libya and will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, possibly in a matter of hours or a few days.

 

“Those who, with perfidious intentions, invented the lie that Gaddafi was headed for Venezuela, as they did yesterday afternoon Sunday, February 20, today received a worthy response from Nicolás Maduro…”

“For my part, I cannot imagine the Libyan leader abandoning the country, eluding the responsibilities attributed to him, whether or not this news is partly or totally false.”

“An honest person will always be against any injustice committed against any nation of the world, and the worst injustice, at this moment, would be to remain silent in the face of the crime that NATO is preparing to commit against the Libyan people.

 

“The chief of that military organization is being urged to do so. This must be condemned!”

 

At that early date I had taken note of what was absolutely obvious.

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25, our Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez will be speaking in the United Nations headquarters denouncing the criminal United States blockade of Cuba. We shall be closely following this battle which will once again demonstrate the need to bring to an end, not only the blockade, but the system which engenders injustice on our planet, squanders its natural resources and is placing humanity’s survival at risk. We will pay special attention to Cuba’s arguments.

I will continue Wednesday the 26th.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 24, 2011
5:19 p.m.

Translated by Granma International

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Fidel Castro: Where Would the Alliance New and Unsustainable Doctrine Lead Us?

STATEMENT BY DR. FIDEL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA AT THE SUMMIT OF HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT OF LATIN AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN AND THE EUROPEAN UNION. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL. JUNE 28, 1999.

There is a political matter of major significance that I must certainly address here and that is the Alliance’s new Strategic Concept. I will refer to four paragraphs.

First: “In order to enhance peace and stability in Europe and more widely, the European Allies are strengthening their capacity for action, including by increasing their military capabilities.”

Second: “The security of the Alliance remains subject to a wide variety of military […] risks […] These risks include uncertainty and instability in and around the Euro-Atlantic area and the possibility of regional crises at the periphery of the Alliance…”

Third: “Greater number of force elements will be available at appropriate levels of readiness to sustain prolonged operations, whether within or beyond Alliance territory…”

Fourth: That it is most likely that threats to the security of the Alliance may derive from regional and ethnic conflicts as well as from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery and from other crises beyond the territory of the Alliance.

Now, I would like to make some brief considerations and raise a few questions.

First: If it were possible, I would like to hear a clarification about whether the Latin American and Caribbean countries are considered to be within the Euro-Atlantic periphery as defined by NATO.

Second: After long debates, the European Union has endorsed this Summit’s declaration which reads: “…This strategic partnership is based on full compliance with international law and the purposes and principles contained in the Charter of the United Nations, the principles of non-intervention, respect for sovereignty, equality among states and self-determination”.

Does this mean that the United States is also committed to respect the principles contained in this declaration endorsed by its allies? What would the European reaction be if under just any pretext the United States unilaterally decided to unleash an attack with bombs and missiles against any of the Latin American and Caribbean countries meeting here?

Third: Everyone is aware that, for example, Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons produced with some Western assistance about which a strange and hermetic silence has been kept.

According to the description in point four above, would it mean that not only due to the clandestine proliferation of weapons of mass destruction but also to their massive production NATO could launch thousands of bombs over Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israelites and Palestinian cities alike? Would it mean that it could destroy the electric systems, industries, roads and all the essential means of life of those peoples while directly killing tens of thousands of innocent civilians and putting at risk the lives of the rest of the people? Would that be a civilised solution to such problems? Could anyone be sure that such attitude would not lead to a nuclear conflict? Where would the Alliance new and unsustainable doctrine lead us?

Having briefly expressed these ideas about such a sensitive issue I have nothing further to say. Please, excuse me.

Thank you.

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A brilliant and valiant statement

ATTENDING to other matters currently priorities momentarily took me away from the frequency with which I wrote Reflections during 2010; however, the proclamation by the revolutionary leader Hugo Chávez last Thursday, June 30, obliges me to write these lines.

The President of Venezuela is one of the men to have done most for the health and education of his people; given that these are subjects in which the Cuban Revolution has accumulated the most experience, we were happy to cooperate to the maximum in both fields with this sister country.

It is absolutely not the case that that country lacked doctors; on the contrary, it possessed them in abundance, including quality professionals, as in other Latin American countries. It is a social question. The finest doctors and the most sophisticated equipment might be, as in all capitalist countries, in the service of private medicine. Sometimes, not even that, because within underdeveloped capitalism, like the capitalism which existed in Venezuela, the wealthy class had sufficient income to have recourse to the best hospitals in the United States or Europe, something which was habitual and which nobody can deny.

Worse still, the United States and Europe were and are characterized by seducing the best specialists from every exploited Third World country into leaving their homelands and emigrating to the consumer societies. Training doctors for that world in the developed countries implies fabulous sums that millions of poor families in Latin America could never ever pay. That happened in Cuba until the Revolution accepted the challenge, not only of training doctors capable of serving our country, but also other nations of Latin America, the Caribbean and the world.

We have never stolen the intelligences of other peoples. Instead, tens of thousands of doctors and other high-level professionals have been trained free of charge in Cuba in order to return them to their own countries.

Thanks to their profound Bolivarian and Martí revolutions, Venezuela and Cuba are countries in which health and education have been exceptionally developed. All citizens have the real right to receive general education and professional training free of charge, something that the United States has not been able nor will be able to guarantee to all its inhabitants. The real fact is that the government of that country invests one trillion dollars in its military apparatus and its military adventures every year. Moreover, it is the largest exporter of weapons and instruments of death and the largest drug market in the world. Due to that trafficking, tens of thousands of Latin Americans lose their lives every year.

This is something so real and so well known that, more than 50 years ago, a president of military origin condemned, in bitter tones, the decisive power accumulated by the military-industrial complex in that country.

These words would be too much if it were not for the odious and repugnant campaign unleashed by the Venezuelan oligarchy’s mass media in the service of that empire, utilizing the health difficulties that the Bolivarian President is experiencing. We are bound to him by a close and indestructible friendship, which emerged out of his first visit to our homeland on December 13, 1994.

Some people were surprised that his visit to Cuba coincided with the need that arose for medical attention. The Venezuelan President visited our country with the same objective that took him to Brazil and Ecuador. He did not come with any intention whatsoever of receiving medical services in our homeland.

As is known, a group of Cuban health specialists have been providing their services to the Venezuelan President who, faithful to his Bolivarian principles, never saw them as undesirable foreigners, but as the sons and daughters of the gran Patria (Greater Homeland) for which the Liberator Simón Bolívar fought until his last breath.

The first contingent of Cuban doctors left for Venezuela at the time of the tragedy in the state of Vargas, which cost the lives of thousands of noble Venezuelans. This action of solidarity was nothing new, it has been a rooted tradition in our homeland since the early years of the Revolution; ever since, almost half a century ago, Cuban doctors were sent to the recently independent Algeria. That tradition deepened as the Cuban Revolution, in the midst of a merciless blockade, continued training internationalist doctors. Countries like Peru, Somoza’s Nicaragua and others in the hemisphere and in the Third World, suffered tragedies due to earthquakes or other reasons which required Cuba’s solidarity. Thus our country became the nation with the highest rate of doctors and specialized health personnel in the world, with a high degree of experience and professional capacity.

President Chávez went to great pains to attend to our health personnel. Thus the bond of confidence and friendship was born and developed between him and the Cuban doctors, who were always very appreciative of their treatment by the Venezuelan leader who, for his part, was capable of creating thousands of health centers and furnishing them with the equipment needed to provide services free of charge for all Venezuelans. No other government in the world did so much, in such a short time, for the health of its people.

A high percentage of Cuban health personnel provided services in Venezuela and moreover, many of them taught certain subjects as part of the training of more than 20,000 young Venezuelans who are beginning to graduate as doctors. Many of them began their studies in our country. The internationalist doctor members of Battalion 51, graduated in the Latin America School of Medicine, have earned sound prestige in fulfilling complex and difficult missions. My relations in that field with President Hugo Chávez developed on those bases.

I should add that throughout the more than 12 years since February 2, 1999, the President and leader of the Venezuelan Revolution has not rested for one single day and, in that respect, he occupies a unique place in the history of this hemisphere. He has devoted all his energies to the Revolution.

It could be affirmed that for every extra hour that Chávez dedicates to his work, a president of the United States rests for two.

It was hard to believe, almost impossible, that his health would not suffer some kind of breakdown and that happened during the last few months.

As a person used to the rigors of military life, he stoically endured the pain and problems affecting him with increasing frequency. Given the relations of friendship developed and the constant exchanges between Cuba and Venezuela, plus my personal experiences in relation to health, which I have lived through since my July 30, 2006 proclamation, it is not strange that I would notice the President’s need for a rigorous health check. It is too generous on his part to attribute any special merit to me in this context.

I admit, of course, that the task which I imposed on myself was not an easy one. It wasn’t hard for me to notice that he was not in good health. Seven months had passed since his last visit to Cuba. The medical team dedicated to attending to his health had asked me to make that move. From the very first moment the President’s attitude was to inform the people, with total clarity, of his state of health. For that reason, being already at the point of returning, he informed the people about his health up until that moment via his Ministry of Foreign Affairs and promised to keep them informed in detail.

Every treatment was accompanied by the rigorous cellular and laboratory analyses undertaken in such circumstances.

One of the examinations, a number of days after the first operation, produced results that indicated more radical surgical measures and special treatment for the patient.

In his dignified message of June 30, the President, notably recovered, speaks about his state of health with total clarity.

I admit that the task of telling our friend of the new situation was not an easy one. I could appreciate the dignity with which he received the news which – for him, with so many important tasks on his mind, among them the commemorative event for the Bicentenary and the formalization of the agreement on Latin American and Caribbean unity – much more than the physical suffering implied by radical surgery, signifies a test, as he expressed it, comparable to the hardest moments that have befallen him in his life as an unyielding combatant.

Together with him, the team of people treating him, people who he described as sublime, have waged the magnificent battle to which I have been witness.

I unhesitatingly affirm that the results are impressive and that the patient has unleashed a decisive battle which will lead him, and with him, Venezuela, to a great victory.

His plea has to be communicated precisely in all languages, but above all translated and subtitled in English, a language which can be understood in this Tower of Babel into which imperialism has converted the world.

Now Hugo Chávez’ internal and external enemies are at the mercy of his words and his initiatives. Doubtless, there will be surprises for them. Let us give him the strongest support and confidence. The lies of the empire and the betrayal of the traitors will be defeated. Today there are millions of combative and conscious Venezuelans who the oligarchy and the empire can never subjugate again.

Fidel Castro Ruz

July 3, 2011

4:12 p.m.

Translated by Granma International

The empire’s untenable position

No one can be sure that, in its agony, the empire might not drag humanity into a catastrophe.

As is known, as long as human life exists, everyone has the sacred responsibility to be optimistic. Ethically, any other type of behavior would be inadmissible. I remember well a day, almost 20 years ago, when I said that one species was in danger of extinction: the human race.

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Lies and Mysteries Surrounding Bin Laden’s Death

The men who executed Bin Laden did not act on their own: they were following orders from the US Government. They had gone through a rigorous selection process and were trained to accomplish special missions. It is known that the US President can even communicate with a soldier in combat.

A few hours after accomplishing that mission in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, home to the most prestigious military academy of that country as well as important combat units, the White House offered the world’s public opinion a carefully drafted version about the death of Osama Bin Laden, the chief of Al Qaeda.

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The Assassination of Osama Bin Laden

Those persons who deal with these issues know that on September 11 of 2001 our people expressed its solidarity to the US people and offered the modest cooperation that in the area of health we could have offered to the victims of the brutal attack against the Twin Towers in New York.

We also immediately opened our country’s airports to the American airplanes that were unable to land anywhere, given the chaos that came about soon after the strike.

The traditional stand adopted by the Cuban Revolution, which was always opposed to any action that could jeopardize the life of civilians, is well known.

Although we resolutely supported the armed struggle against Batista’s tyranny, we were, on principle, opposed to any terrorist action that could cause the death of innocent people. Such behavior, which has been maintained for more than half a century, gives us the right to express our views about such a sensitive matter.

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The restless and brutal North

I was reading a large amount of material and books to keep my promise and continue my Reflection of April 14th about the Bay of Pigs when I took a look at yesterday’s latest news items, which were abundant, as they are everyday. Mountains can pile up every week, ranging from the earthquake in Japan, Ollanta Humala victory in Peru over Keiko, daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori.

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