FIDEL: “A Swipe Waiting to Happen”

Posted on June 11, 2010


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Reflections by Fidel Castro

A Swipe Waiting to Happen

On Tuesday, June 8, I wrote at noon time the Reflection “On the Brink of
Tragedy.” Later, I watched Randy Alonso’s TV program Roundtable, usually
aired at 6:30 pm.
    That day, outstanding and prestigious Cuban intellectuals taking part
in the program answered the pointed questions raised by the moderator with
eloquent words that showed great respect for my views, but they did not
think there was any reason for Iran to reject the likely decision –already
known—that would be adopted by the Security Council in New York in the
morning of June 9, undoubtedly concerted by the leaders of the five powers
with the right of veto: the United States, France and the United Kingdom,
with those of Russia and China.
    At that moment, I said to close people who usually keep me company: “I
so much regret that I did not conclude my Reflection by saying how I
wished to be wrong!” But it was too late. I could not delay sending it to
the website CubaDebate and to Granma.
    The following day, at 10:00 am, knowing that the meeting had been
scheduled for that morning, I decided to watch CNN in Spanish, which would
certainly carry news of the Security Council debate. Thus, I could listen
to the words of the chairman of the Security Council as he introduced the
Draft Resolution promoted a few days before by the United States with the
support of France, the United Kingdom and Germany.
    Various representatives of the major members involved with the Draft
spoke, too. The US representative explained why her country endorsed it,
arguing the well known pretext that Iran deserved the sanctions for its
violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. On the other hand, the
representative of Turkey, --the country whose ship was the victim of the
brutal attack launched by the Israeli elite troops transported in
helicopters to assault, in the morning of May 31, the flotilla that was
taking food to the one and a half million Palestinians besieged in a
portion of their own homeland—expressed his government’s intention to
oppose new sanctions on Iran.
    The CNN showed in it news segment various images of hands raised as
the representatives explained their positions with noticeable gestures.
These included the representative of Lebanon, a country that would abstain
from voting.
    The calm manner of the Security Council members who voted against the
Resolution was manifest in the firm right hand of a woman, the
representative of Brazil, who had previously exposed with a steady rhythm
her Homeland’s reasons to oppose the agreement.
    There would still be masses of news on the issue. I turned on the TV
to watch Telesur, which for hours pleased the indescribable need for
    President Lula da Silva said at the city of Natal, in the northeast of
the country, two categorical phrases. He said that the approved sanctions
were imposed “by those who believe in force and not in dialogue,” and that
the Security Council meeting “could have been used to discuss the
disarmament of those who have nuclear weapons.”
    It would not be surprising that both Israel and the United States,
--and its close allies with the right of veto in the Security Council,
France and the United Kingdom—try to avail themselves of the enormous
interest aroused by the World Football contest to appease the
international public irritated over the criminal behavior of the Israeli
elite troops in front of the Gaza Strip.
    Therefore, it is likely that the swipe is postponed for a few weeks,
and that it is even forgotten by most of the people in the warmest days of
the boreal summer. You’d only need to observe the cynicism with which the
Israeli leaders respond to the press interviews in the coming days as they
are bombarded with questions. Opportunely, they will keep rising the
severity of their demands before pulling the trigger. They are eager to
repeat the story of Mossadegh in 1953, or take Iran back to the Stone Age,
an attractive scenario for the powerful empire in its dealings with
    The hatred felt by the State of Israel against the Palestinians is
such that they would not hesitate to send the one and a half million men,
women and children of that country to the crematorium where millions of
Jews of all ages were exterminated by the Nazi.
    It would seem that the Fuhrer’s swastika is today Israel’s banner.
This view is not the result of hatred. It comes from the sentiments of a
country that offered solidarity and shelter to the Jews when in the tough
days of World War II, Batista’s pro-Yankee government tried to send back
from Cuba a ship full of them who were escaping from Nazi persecution in
France, Belgium and Holland.
    After the victory of the Revolution I met many members of the large
Jewish Community in Cuba. I visited them and we talked several times. We
never expelled them from our country. The differences with many of them
were related to the revolutionary laws that affected economic interests.
On the other hand, the consumer society attracted many of them in view of
the sacrifices that the Revolution entailed. Others decided to stay in our
Homeland, and have paid valuable services to Cuba.
    A new and gloomy stage is opening for the world.
    Yesterday, at 12:44 pm, Obama spoke on the agreement reached by the
Security Council.
    I am including some phrases the President said as reported by CNN in
    “Today, the United Nations Security Council voted overwhelmingly to
sanction Iran for its continued failure to live up to its obligations.”
    “This resolution will put in place the toughest sanctions ever faced
by the Iranian government, and it sends an unmistakable message about the
international community’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear
    “For years, the Iranian government has failed to live up to its
obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”
    “While Iran’s leaders hide behind outlandish rhetoric, their actions
have been deeply troubling.”
    “Indeed, when I took office just over 16 months ago, Iranian
intransigence was well-established.”
    “We offered the opportunity of a better future if they lived up to
their international obligations.”
    “There is no double standard at play here.”
    “Iran further violated its own obligations under U.N. Security Council
resolutions to suspend uranium enrichment.”
    “That’s the reason for these severe measures.”
    “These are the most rigorous sanctions that Iran has faced.”
    “This shows the united view that a nuclear arms race in the Middle
East is in nobody’s interest.”
    These phrases I have taken from his short speech suffice to prove how
weak, frail and unjustifiable is the policy of the powerful empire.
    Obama himself admitted in his speech at the Islamic University of
Al-Azhar in El Cairo that “In the midst of the Cold War, the United States
played a role in overthrowing a democratically elected Iranian
government,” although he neither said when it happened nor what were the
intentions. It’s very likely that he did not even remember  how it was
done against Mossadegh in 1953 to install in the govrnment the Reza
Pahlevi dynasty, the Iranian Shah, whom they armed to the teeth as it fits
their main gendarme in that Middle East region, where the satrap
accumulated a huge fortune derived from the country’s oil wealth.
    At that time, the State of Israel did not have one single nuclear
weapon. The empire had an enormous and incomparable nuclear power. It was
then that the United States came up with the adventurous idea of turning
Israel into a Middle East gendarme, the same that today threatens a
considerable portion of the world population and is capable of acting with
its characteristic independence and bigotry.

Fidel Castro Ruz
June 10, 2010
11:59 am
Posted in: Cuba, Imperialism, UN, US