A voice from the other side of the fence …

‘The fate of humanity is in the hands
of those who live in a fantasy land’ 

Reflections by Comrade Fidel

In this reflection I will go by the news received from different sources, including international cable services, without specifically recognizing any of them as the information source, but strictly abiding by the text of the news — books, documents, the Internet, and even questions asked to well-documented sources.

There is a big hustle and bustle everywhere, as if we lived in a mad house.  Our very well known characters continue on their hectic tour.

After visiting Brazil and Chile, Condoleezza flew to Moscow to sound out the new President.  She wants to know his mind. She traveled with the chief of the Pentagon.  With a dislocated arm after a fall on February, he said: “With a broken arm, I won't be nearly as difficult a negotiator." A typical Yankee joke.  You may figure out the effect this had on the proud ears of a Russian, whose people suffered the loss of so many millions of lives in their struggle against the Nazi hordes in their violent claim for necessary extra territory — what we could call today cheap oil, raw materials, and guaranteed markets for surplus goods.

We learn of the adventures of McCain and Cheney in Baghdad; one of them hopes to become head of government, and the other, being already the deputy head of government, who issues more orders than his boss.  They were both welcomed with the most unexpected and violent predictions.  They devoted less than two days to that, enough time to flood the world with sinister forecasts.

Bush was delivering speeches in Washington while the price of gold and oil were sky-rocketing.

Cheney didn’t stop.  He rushed for the Sultanate of Oman — 774,000 oil barrels per day in 2005 and 780,000 in 2004. Last year Oman revealed its plans to invest 10 billion dollars during the next five years to increase its oil production to 900,000 barrels per day and reach the figure of 70 to 80 million cubic meters of gas per day.  This is what the Sultanate authorities reported on January 15, 2007.

Cheney, accompanied by his family, sailed on board the Sultan’s yacht “Kingfish I” on a fishing tour near the maritime boundaries between Oman and Iran. How bold!  Nobel awards should also be given to those super-brave who run the risk of death or mutilation after a sumptuous private lunch with a fishbone stuck in the throat.  The absence of the owner of the luxurious yacht spoiled the hero’s party.

McCain doesn’t stop either.  He jumps into a helicopter to move around the territory where the Israeli soldiers, while chasing Palestinian leaders, continue to kill women, children, teenagers and youth in the West Bank with the use of sophisticated technical means.  The Republican candidate is an expert on that.

He traveled to Jerusalem and there he promised to be the first to recognize that whole city as the capital of Israel, which latter the United States and Europe turned into a sophisticated nuclear power, whose satellite-guided missiles could fall in Moscow, more than 5000 kilometers away, in a matter of minutes.

There will be no oil or gas producing State that Cheney would not visit before he returns to attest to the happiness of the world before the President of his country.

Bush, for one, speaks on the 17th for one reason, then on the 18th for another reason, and on the 19th to mark the beginning of his fantastic war.  Cuba, as would be expected, has not ceased to be at the crosshairs of his invectives.

In the midst of the chaos created by the empire, wars become inseparable sidekicks.  It’s been five years since the beginning of the Iraqi war.  Profound thinkers have estimated the amounts of persons who have been affected, and have calculated that this war’s total cost amounts to trillions of dollars.  Four thousand U.S, military have lost their lives; for every soldier that is killed thirty more are wounded due to the kind of war that is being waged.  White phosphorous and cluster bombs are the feed that nurtures this war on a daily basis.  Anything goes, except for living.

Cheney and McCain compete with one another, one of them as the father of the creature, the other as the stepfather.  They both meet with heads of State and exact compromises: oil and gas production should be increased, with the use of Yankee technology, Yankee inputs, and Yankee weapons from the industrial military complex.  Yankee military bases should be allowed.

From Jerusalem, McCain jumps to London to talk with Gordon Brown.  Before that, while speaking in Jordan, he made a mistake and asserted that Iran, a Shiite country, was helping to train Al Qaeda, a Sunnite organization.  It’s all the same to him; he didn’t even apologize for his mistake.

Cheney jumps into Afghanistan.  The war waged by NATO and the Yankees has turned the country into the largest opium exporter of the world.  The USSR plunged into a similar war and wore itself out. Bush launched his first belligerent blow there, supported by NATO.

They are doing all that needs to be done to convene two parallel meetings: one to discuss the fight on terrorism and a NATO meeting.

One thing is certain: Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, and Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO’s top official, will meet with Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan on April 1, 2 and 3 in Bucharest to participate in the Trans-Atlantic Forum to be held in that city. 

At the same time there will be a conference convened by the GMF (the German Marshall Fund of the United States), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, and Chatham House that will gather a great number of strategists and politicians to address topics of vital interest for NATO. 

According to the GMF Chairman, the conference will be attended by 9 Heads of State, 24 Prime Ministers and ministers, and 40 presidents of research institutions from Europe and the Americas, which make up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). It was NATO that dissolved Tito’s Yugoslavia and carried out the war in Kosovo.  Anyone could understand that any similarity with the interests pursued by the Yankee imperialism is a mere coincidence.  The situation in the Balkans, the anti-missile defense system, the energy supply, and weapons control are unavoidable issues.

Since Bush needs to perform his main character role, he has already drafted his own schedule:  he would be in the city of Neptun, in the Black Sea, to attend a meeting with Traian Basescu, President of Romania, on the eve of the opening of the conference.  The fate of humankind, which contributes surplus value and blood, are in those hands.

(To be continued in next Friday’s edition as Part II.)

Fidel Castro Ruz
March 22, 2008

— 1,226 words.

Castro calls Bush’s dissidents ‘Quislings, spies’

who were convicted in a fair trial in an open court

Reflection by Comrade Fidel – BI

Bush in Fantasy Land – Part 2

Tuesday March 18 marked the fifth anniversary of the arrests of more than 70 Quislings, the ringleaders of imperialism's fifth column in Cuba who, paid by the U.S. government, violated the laws of the land and share the opinion that this “dark” corner of the world should be swept off the map. 

On this date in 2003, a Department of State spokesperson described the event as the “Black Spring”, a term having racist overtones.  We could call it “White Spring”.  Darkness does not exist in space, only in the mind.

What a significant difference between the methods used by the government of the United States and those used by Cuba!

Not one of the mercenaries was tortured or deprived of lawyer or trial, even if it was of a summary nature, provided by the law in the case of dangerous aggression.

 Those found guilty have the right to receive visits, access to family facilities, as well as the other legal prerogatives of all prisoners. If at any time their health seriously requires it, they are released. The release has absolutely nothing to do with the demands of imperialism and its allies. 

We urge the United States to follow Cuba’s example in dealing with its prison population.

The Revolution demands respect for sovereignty, not pardon.

On Wednesday March 19, as we commemorate five years of the stupid war unleashed in Iraq. Bush grabs hold of any Bin Laden declaration, either fictitious or real, even though in the case of the latter no date is supplied as to when it was made, nor are they able to assure us that it was his voice. 

They shall investigate it, so they promise.  Nobody ever took so much advantage of such materials to shape the opinions of the citizens of the United States, and of many other countries in the world that have similar cultures and beliefs, in order to justify the brutal and genocidal wars that are so needed by imperialism. 

He keeps on uttering and repeating, time after time, certain selected words and phrases.  The people and institutions referred to, without exception, find themselves obliged to respond, whether the declarations are true or not.  Just observe how, year after year, from day one, Bush keeps on milking the events of September 11.

From the Bucharest conference, Bush will move on to that of NATO, and from there he will polevault over to Croatia, which had disputes with Serbia, and whose President was tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Kosovo affair.  Did he really die a natural death in prison?  What kind of peace will be attained from such odd twists and turns?

Hans Blix from Sweden, who headed the UN team of inspectors, who diligently searched for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and who shares many of the ideas and lies of the empire's sinister philosophy, wrote the following on the occasion of the fifth anniversary:

“The invasion of Iraq in 2003 was a tragedy — for Iraq, for the U.S., for the UN, for truth, and for human dignity. They could not succeed in eliminating WMDs because they did not exist. Nor could they succeed in the declared aim to eliminate al-Qaida operators, because they were not in Iraq. They came later, attracted by the occupants.”

The Association of Muslim Ulemas, the supreme religious Sunnite authority in Iraq, made the following statement on the occasion of the fifth anniversary: 

“The occupier has entered our lands by force and he is not going to leave unless we use force.  Any call made by politicians who acquiesce to working under the umbrella of occupation ought to be considered an invitation to surrender and capitulation.  The occupation forces have turned Iraq into the world’s most dangerous zone.  The era of occupation will soon end.”

United States Vice-President Dick Cheney, without recovering from his exhausting meeting in Afghanistan with Karzai, had conversations yesterday, on Friday, and today, on Saturday, with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in order to get the latter’s cooperation and that of OPEC for oil supplies and pay with devaluated dollars.  In truth, there can be no war without oil, or oil without war.

On the Latin American scene, the Ecuadorian high command declared that the bombs used in the attack on Raúl Reyes’ camp were GBU-2/B Paveways, weighing more than 500 pounds, and with exact targeting precision thanks to advanced technology.  There were 10 such bombs and they left craters 2.80 metres in diameter and 1.80 metres deep.

In Western Europe, Sarkozy, whose honeymoon with the French electorate finished a few days ago, was impatiently awaiting McCain and his entourage of pro-Israeli Republican senators.  McCain urged him to join the NATO mechanisms, defended the Iraq War and forcefully lambasted China. 

Meanwhile, Hillary and Obama are bleeding from attacks by the right, the left and the centre.  This is the perfect insane asylum.  The candidates for the presidency of the United States are discussing sure war vs. probable war.

Today, on Easter, we also get Bush’s radio broadcast.  What is he thinking?  A message which, brief as it is, only needs a few paragraphs or phrases to be quoted in order to catch its drift:

“This is the most important holiday in the Christian faith.  And during this special and holy time each year, millions of Americans pause to remember a sacrifice that transcended the grave and redeemed the world.

“Easter beckons us homeward.  This [...] is an occasion to reflect on the things that matter most in life: the love of family, the laughter of friends, and the peace that comes from being in the place you call home..."

“America is blessed with the world’s greatest military, made up of men and women who fulfil their responsibilities…”

“On Easter, we remember especially those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom.  These […] have lived out the words of the Gospel: ‘Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’…”

“Each year, millions of Americans take time to feed the hungry and clothe the needy and care for the widow and the orphan…millions across the world remember the gift that took away death’s sting and opened the door to eternal life…”

“Thank you for listening.”

Bush may think that God will give him a prize for speeding along the day of the Apocalypse and the Last Judgment, after which he will seat him at His right, in the place of honour. Then perhaps he will abandon the odious gestures that accompany his speeches, so that he can dwell under the same roof as the souls of the human beings he exterminated with his “war against terrorism,” the great majority of his victims being small children, teenagers and young people, women and the elderly, all those who should never be held to blame. 

The Old Testament speaks of archangels who were transformed into the enemies of God by their ambition and who were sent to Hell.  It is difficult to lose the idea that in Bush’s head, there lurk the genes of some of those archangels.

Today is Saturday.  It is a slow day for political news.  Reporters are resting.

Fidel Castro Ruz
March 22, 2008
5:19 p.m.