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A Call For Peace From Cuba

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  • Djehuti Sundaka
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/soa/message/22345 PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS 315 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016 Tel:
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      PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA TO THE UNITED NATIONS
      315 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10016
      Tel: 212-689-7215 * Fax: 212-689-9073

      ______________________________________________________________

      Speech by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic
      of Cuba. Havana, September 22, 2001

      Fellow countrymen: No one can deny that terrorism is today a dangerous
      and ethically indefensible phenomenon, which should be eradicated
      regardless of its deep origins, the economic and political factors that
      brought it to life and those responsible for it. The unanimous
      irritation caused by the human and psychological damage brought on the
      American people by the unexpected and shocking death of thousands of
      innocent people whose images have shaken the world is perfectly
      understandable.

      But who have profited?

      The extreme right, the most backward and right-wing forces, those in
      favor of crushing the growing world rebellion and sweeping away
      everything progressive that is still left on the planet. It was an
      enormous error, a huge injustice and a great crime whomever they are who
      organized or are responsible for such action.

      However, the tragedy should not be used to recklessly start a war that
      could actually unleash an endless carnage of innocent people and all of
      this on behalf of justice and under the peculiar and bizarre name of
      "Infinite Justice".

      In the last few days we have seen the hasty establishment of the basis,
      the concept, the true purposes, the spirit and the conditions for such a
      war. No one would be able to affirm that it was not something thought
      out well in advance, something that was just waiting for its chance to
      materialize. Those who after the so-called end of the cold war continued
      a military build-up and the development of the most sophisticated means
      to kill and exterminate human beings were aware that the large military
      investments would give them the privilege to impose an absolute and
      complete dominance over the other peoples of the world. The ideologists
      of the imperialist system knew very well what they were doing and why
      they were doing it. After the shock and sincere sorrow felt by all of
      the peoples of the earth over the atrocious and insane terrorist attack
      that targeted the American people, the most extremist ideologists and
      the most belligerent hawks, already set in privileged power positions,
      have taken command of the most powerful country in the world whose
      military and technological capabilities would seem infinite. Actually,
      its capacity to destroy and kill is enormous while its inclination
      towards equanimity, serenity, thoughtfulness and restraint is minimal.

      The combination of elements--including complicity and the common
      enjoyment of privileges--the prevailing opportunism, confusion and panic
      make it almost impossible to avoid a bloody and unpredictable outcome.

      The first victims of whatever military actions are undertaken will be
      the billions of people living in the poor and underdeveloped world with
      their unbelievable economic and social problems, their unpayable debts
      and the ruinous prices of their basic commodities; their growing natural
      and ecological catastrophes, their hunger and misery, the massive
      undernourishment of their children, teenagers and adults; their terrible
      AIDS epidemic, their malaria, their tuberculosis and their infectious
      diseases that threaten whole nations with extermination.

      The grave economic world crisis was already a real and irrefutable fact
      affecting absolutely every one of the big economic power centers. Such
      crisis will inevitably grow deeper under the new circumstances and when
      it becomes unbearable for the overwhelming majority of the peoples, it
      will bring chaos, rebellion and the impossibility to govern.

      But the price will also be unpayable for the rich countries. For years
      to come it would be impossible to speak strongly enough about the
      environment and the ecology, or about ideas and research done and
      tested, or about projects for the protection of nature because that
      space and possibility would be taken by military actions, war and crimes
      as infinite as "Infinite Justice", that is, the name given to the war
      operation to be unleashed.

      Can there be any hope left after having listened, hardly 36 hours ago,
      to the speech made the President before the U.S. Congress?

      I will avoid the use of adjectives, qualifiers or offensive words
      towards the author of that speech. They would be absolutely unnecessary
      and untimely when the tensions and seriousness of the moment advise
      thoughtfulness and equanimity. I will limit myself to underline some
      short phrases that say it all:

      "We will use every necessary weapon of war."

      "Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy
      campaign unlike any
      other we have ever seen."

      "Every nation in every region now has a decision to
      make. Either you are
      with us or you are with the terrorists."

      "I've called the armed forces to alert and there is a
      reason. The hour is
      coming when America will act and you will make us
      proud."

      "This is the world's fight, this is civilization's
      fight."

      "I ask for your patience .... in what will be a long
      struggle."

      "The great achievement of our time and the great hope
      of every time, now
      depend on us."

      "The course of this conflict is not known, yet its
      outcome is certain. ...
      And we know that God is not neutral."

      I ask our fellow countrymen to meditate deeply and calmly on the ideas
      contained in several of the above-mentioned phrases:

      -- "Either you are with us or you are with the
      terrorists."

      No nation of the world has been left out of the dilemma, not even the
      big and powerful states; none has escaped the threat of war or attacks.
      .

      -- "We will use any weapon."

      No procedure has been excluded, regardless of its ethics, or any threat,
      however fatal, either nuclear, chemical, biological or any other.

      -- "It will not be short combat but a lengthy war,
      lasting many years,
      unparalleled in history."

      -- "It is the world's fight; it is civilization's
      fight."

      -- "The achievements of our times and the hope of every
      time, now depend on
      us."

      Finally, an unheard of confession in a political speech on the eve of a
      war, and no less than in times of apocalyptic risks:

      -- "The course of this conflict is not known; yet its
      outcome is certain.
      And we know that God is not neutral."

      This is an amazing assertion. When I think about the real or imagined
      parties involved in that bizarre holy war that is about to begin, I find
      it difficult to make a distinction about where fanaticism is stronger.

      On Thursday, before the United States Congress, the idea was designed of
      a world military dictatorship under the exclusive rule of force,
      irrespective of any international laws or institutions. The United
      Nations Organization, simply ignored in the present crisis, would fail
      to have any authority or prerogative whatsoever. There would be only one
      boss, only one judge, and only one law.

      We have all been ordered to ally either with the United States
      government or with terrorism.

      Cuba, the country that has suffered the most and the longest from
      terrorist actions, the one whose people are not afraid of anything
      because there is no threat or power in the world that can intimidate it,
      with a high morale, Cuba claims that it is opposed to terrorism and
      opposed to war. Although the possibilities are now remote, Cuba
      reaffirms the need to avert a war of unpredictable consequences whose
      very authors have admitted not to have the least idea of how the events
      will unfold. Likewise, Cuba reiterates its willingness to cooperate with
      every country in the total eradication of terrorism.

      An objective and calm friend should advise the United States government
      against throwing the young American soldiers into an uncertain war in
      remote, isolated and inaccessible places, like a fight against ghosts ,
      not knowing where they are or even if they exist or not, or whether the
      people they kill are responsible or not for the death of their innocent
      fellow countrymen killed in the United States.

      Cuba will never declare itself an enemy of the American people that is
      today subjected to an unprecedented campaign to sow hatred and a
      vengeful spirit, so much so that even the music that sings of peace has
      been banned. On the contrary, Cuba will make that music its own, and
      even our children will sing their peace songs for as long as the
      announced bloody war lasts.

      Whatever happens, the territory of Cuba will never be used for terrorist
      actions against the American people and we will do everything within our
      reach to prevent such actions against that people. Today we are
      expressing our solidarity while urging peace and calmness. One day they
      will admit we were right.

      Our independence, our principles and our social achievements we will
      defend with honor to the last drop of blood, if we are attacked!

      It will not be easy to fabricate pretexts to do it. They are already
      talking about a war using all the necessary weapons but it will be good
      recalling that not even that would be a new experience. Almost four
      decades ago, hundreds of strategic and tactical nuclear weapons were
      aimed at Cuba and nobody remembers anyone of our countrymen sleepless
      over that.

      We are the same sons and daughters of that heroic people, with a
      patriotic and revolutionary conscience that is higher than ever. It is
      time for serenity and courage. The world will grow aware of this and
      will raise its voice in the face of the terrible threatening drama that
      it is about to suffer.

      As for Cubans, this is the right time to proclaim more proud and
      resolute than ever:

      Socialism or death!
      Homeland or death!
      We will overcome.

      Speech by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic
      of Cuba. Havana, September 22, 2001
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