Castro criticizes Fox, Castaneda

Chris Brady cdbrady at
Wed Apr 24 12:15:59 MDT 2002

Uruguay may call for Latin America to draw sides now.  And Vicente Zorro
has demonstrated where Mexico will line up.  The United States might
approach this polarization as a remedy for its antidemocratic gaffe
during the interrupted Chávez coup.  So, whatever, it’s with the US or
against the US, the IMF, the World Bank, etc.

There is still the UN—not always at the beck and call of the USA,
although often enough.

Nevertheless, and even though it will, Cuba should not have to worry
inordinately about the United Nations now that the United States has
compromised its international auspices so, and provided a mentor example
for Israel to renege on cooperating with the Jenin inspection teams in a
move that would get Baghdad bombed if Saddam Hussein tried  anything
like it.  Unfortunately Cuba actually respects the UN and relies on its
decade-long annual condemnation of the US embargo for principled
propaganda purposes.  Perhaps Cuba should go along with the UNHRC and
then like Israel and the USA go back on its agreement to insist that its
management style was too confrontational.  Then demand oversight on
personnel for any inspectors.  Then a specific, rigidly defined and
adhered-to inspection route and time table.  And finally an editorial
role over any conclusions.  Again, more than Iraq could get away with.
But the USA is the good guy, right?

Or Cuba might remember that UN inspection teams have been infiltrated
with US agents before.  The front page of the New York Times from 7
January 1999 had a headline: "United States officials said today that
American spies had worked undercover on teams of United Nations arms
inspectors ferreting out secret Iraqi weapons programs."  The year
before, the U.S. government and news media kept insisting that the U.N.
weapons inspectors weren't spies and had to be given full access to all
sites in Iraq. The U.S. and Britain fired hundreds of cruise missiles at
Iraq for several nights --with the rationale that the regime in Baghdad
hadn't cooperated enough with the inspectors.  We shouldn’t expect the
U.S. and Britain to fire  missiles at Israel for noncooperation, but
Cuba is another story.  Yet compare, no—contrast!— the  quality,
quantity and magnitude of human rights violations!  And then again, it’s
okay for the USA to lie and cheat because it is the good guy [?!] .  And
if it cannot get away with that masquerade, it holds all the cards, and
most of the money, and it is used to being the most powerful bully and
making everyone know it.

Too bad Cuba cannot, like the US—as with the directors of the
international bodies meant to control global warming and chemical
weapons—get directors and personnel fired when their findings contradict
policy, power and profits. Looks like the deck is stacked, with another
52 up the sleeves of the win-win dealer who has a gun under the table,
and the rest of the players bought off for a piece of the action they
need because their families are threatened as well as hungry and upset.
The corrupt dealer, however, is not the marshal of public opinion.  And
the dealer cannot go against the entire town.  When will come the moment
when the veto of the imperial United States will no longer matter to the
collective will of a world it continually insults, injures, and further
imperils? Only when people come before profits.

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