[Marxism] Fidel: Walking on Solid Ground

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Mon Apr 6 08:52:38 MDT 2009


I picked up this item from Cuba News. The introductory comment is by Walter 
Lippmann.
Fred

(A stunning commentary by Fidel Castro. It's necessary to read it
all the way through, noting it concludes with these two points:

("Those who are capable of serenely analyzing the events, as is the
case of the senator from Indiana, use an irrefutable argument: the
United States' measures against Cuba, over almost half a century, 
are a total failure.

("There is no need to emphasize what Cuba has always said: 
we do not fear dialogue with the United States. Nor do we need 
the confrontation to exist as some foolish people think: we exist
precisely because we believe in our ideas and we have never feared
dialogue with the adversary. It is the only way to secure friendship
and peace among peoples."

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This is the article to which Fidel is referring in his reflection:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/01/AR2009040103
777.html
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Reflections by Comrade Fidel

http://www.cuba.cu/gobierno/reflexiones/2009/ing/f050409i.html

Walking on Solid Ground 

On April 2nd, while the G-20 Summit Meeting was beginning and ending in
London, the well-known journalist of the influential Washington Post, Karen
De Young, wrote: "Senator Richard G.Lugar called on President Obama to
appoint a special envoy to initiate direct talks with the island's communist
government. 

"The nearly 50-year-old economic embargo against Cuba, Lugar (R-Ind.)
said.puts the United States at odds with the views of the rest of Latin
America, the European Union and the United Nations, and 'undermines our
broader security and political interests in the Western Hemisphere.'

"The April 17-19 Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago would present
a 'unique opportunity for you to build a more hospitable climate to advance
U.S. interests in the region through a change in our posture regarding Cuba
policy.'

"Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
-says Karen De Young- is in the forefront of a broad movement advocating a
new policy that includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business
groups, a number of state governments and human rights groups. A bipartisan
majority of Congress has repeatedly voted to ease restrictions on travel and
other contact with Cuba, although the measures died after threatened
presidential vetoes during the Bush administration."

"Lugar is a co-sponsor of a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate this
week that would end all restrictions on travel to Cuba except in cases of
war or direct threats to health or safety".

"Lugar said the appointment of an envoy and initiation of direct talks on
subjects such as migration and drug interdiction would "serve vital U.S.
security interests . . . and could ultimately create the conditions for
meaningful discussion of more contentious subjects."

Karen's article expresses no doubt that the Indiana Senator is walking on
solid ground. His starting point is not a philanthropic position. As she
states, he is working with "the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business
groups, a number of state governments and human rights groups".

I am certain that Richard G. Lugar doesn't fear the silliness of being
described as soft or pro-socialist.

If President Barack Obama travels the world asserting, as he did in his very
own country, that it is necessary to invest the sums needed to pull out of
the financial crisis, to guarantee the homes where countless families live,
to guarantee jobs for the American workers who are becoming unemployed by
the millions, to install health services and quality education for all
citizens, how can he reconcile that with blockade measures to impose his
will over a country like Cuba?

Today drugs are one of the most serious problems in this hemisphere and in
Europe. In the war against drug trafficking and organized crime, encouraged
in the enormous U.S. market, the Latin American countries are now losing
almost ten thousand men each year, more than twice the number lost by the
United States in the Iraq war. The number grows and the problem is very far
from being resolved.

That phenomenon does not exist in Cuba, a neighboring country close to the
United States. On that thorny subject and in the war against illegal
migration, the U.S. and Cuban coast guard services have been cooperating for
many years. On the other hand, no American has ever died as the result of
terrorist actions coming from our country, because such activities would not
be tolerated.

The Cuban Revolution, which has not been destroyed either by the blockade or
the dirty war, is based on ethical and political principles; that is the
reason why it has been able to resist.

My aim is not to exhaust the subject. Far from it: in this reflection I am
leaving out the damage inflicted on our country by the United States'
arrogant attitude towards Cuba.

Those who are capable of serenely analyzing the events, as is the case of
the senator from Indiana, use an irrefutable argument: the United States'
measures against Cuba, over almost half a century, are a total failure.

There is no need to emphasize what Cuba has always said: we do not fear
dialogue with the United States. Nor do we need the confrontation to exist
as some foolish people think: we exist precisely because we believe in our
ideas and we have never feared dialogue with the adversary. It is the only
way to secure friendship and peace among peoples. 

Fidel Castro Ruz
April 5, 2009
1:04 p.m.






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