[Marxism] Cuba FM: US testing "national liberation" strategy in Libya and Syria
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Tue Sep 27 17:26:56 MDT 2011
SPEECH DELIVERED BY H.E. Mr. BRUNO RODRiGUEZ PARRILLA, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN
AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE SIXTY SIXTH
SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 26,
Allow me to congratulate you on your election. We welcome the government of
South Sudan for becoming the 193rd member of the United Nations.
I join the appeal by all African leaders to give an urgent response to the
famine in the Horn of Africa
While we are deliberating here in this hall, "another preventive" war is
taking place in Libya using as a pretext "the protection of civilians". The
United States and NATO, supposedly to avoid a massacre, launched a military
attack against a sovereign State without there being any threat to
international peace and security, and unleashed a "change of regime"
NATO imposed on the Security Council a dubious resolution authorizing
"member States... acting nationally or through regional organizations or
arrangements... to take all necessary measures to protect civilians and
civilian populated areas under the threat of attack."
Afterwards, NATO violated this same resolution in order to supply weapons,
fund one of the parties to the conflict and deploy operatives and diplomatic
personnel on the ground.
Now everybody has a better understanding of the concept of "responsibility
to protect" and what it can be used for.
In this war, waged with the most advanced and lethal military technologies,
the means of communication have been used as combat weapons by the financial
and media emporiums which are profiteering from the war and the
reconstruction operations as if they were anti-crisis instruments.
As early as February 21, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz had warned that
NATO was irremissibly preparing a war against Libya. Since then, Cuba
engaged indefatigably not in the defense of a government, but of a
principle: the assassination of thousands of innocent people with the
dubious objective of protecting other civilians is something unacceptable.
History has eloquently shown that peace can not be imposed either by war or
It is only up to the Libyan people to decide upon its destiny, without any
foreign intervention, in the exercise of its right to self-determination and
its sovereignty over its natural resources and its territorial integrity.
The military intervention in Libya and the growing threat against Syria have
been the opportunistic and defensive responses given by the United States
and Europe to the collapse of their system of domination and plunder in
Northern Africa and the Middle East, the emergence of genuinely popular
movements in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries, in order to secure huge
reserves of oil and water and confiscate financial assets in times of global
economic and social crisis.
It is the task of this General Assembly to exercise its powers to prevent a
military aggression against Syria. The public opinion should receive
objective information and speak up against war.
According to the Foreign Affairs magazine, the White House has rushed to
describe what happened in that Northern African country as a model. It is
said that the new US strategy is more efficient and less costly... that the
Bush administration strategy considered occupation as an option ... that the
Obama administration strategy is that of national liberation...that the
military intervention strategy in Libya could also be applied in other
With full cynicism, reference is made to a military aggression without
casualties or the use of infantry troops, the costs of which would be mainly
borne by Europe. The destabilization of a country through subversion, covert
operations and economic sanctions is described as the "development of a
This new "change of regime" operations model shows that the current US and
NATO military doctrines are ever more aggressive than the previous ones, and
that the so called "Euro-Atlantic periphery" comprises the entire planet.
No one should doubt that Latin America and the Caribbean are included in
that conception. The re-deployment of the Fourth Fleet, the installation of
military bases and the sending of troops and military means to intervene
anywhere in the region; the coup d'etat against Venezuela in 2002, followed
by an oil coup; the sedition in Santa Cruz, Bolivia; t he military coup in
Honduras and the attempted coup in Ecuador fit perfectly well in the "new
strategy". Can the US and NATO give guarantees today that the use of force
and this concept of "regime change" are not applicable in the case of the
Latin American and Caribbean countries that do not yield to their interests?
Can the European Union say something about it? What would the United Nations
do in the event of such circumstances?
The weakness of the global economy, particularly the economies of the United
States and of the European Union, continues to show that the crisis that
began in the year 2008 has not been yet overcome.
In developed countries, the terrible burden of its consequences is borne by
the workers, the unemployed, the immigrants and the poor, who are brutally
repressed whenever they peacefully defend their rights. We, the countries of
the South, which are incessantly despoiled, are sUffering the distortions of
a world order that excludes our legitimate interests.
We are suffering the terrible impact of protectionism and the steady
increase in the prices of foodstuffs and hydrocarbons. The peoples of many
developing countries are victims of worn out neoliberal economic models and
their sequels of plunder and exclusion. The social and political
consequences are being felt in all continents.
In the face of a global economic crisis and the exhaustion of the natural
resources of the planet, what would be the response of the extreme right
wing forces that are in power or may reach power as a result of the
punishment and hopelessness of voters?
In the face of a growing and universal threat of a war, a new distribution
of the world and climate change, i,could we, the countries of the South, act
together as an indispensable condition to save ourselves?
In the face of so many and serious threats, the Latin America and Caribbean
region, the one that Bolivar and Marti fought for, is integrating and
determined to finish what they left unfinished. It would be impossible
either to divide us or to turn us against each other. ALBA is a small but
morally powerful group of peoples and the new Community of Latin American
and Caribbean States is already a fact. The entire force of the Andes will
very soon be expressed in a Summit that will be an epoch making event in
Caracas, the epicenter of the independence of the Americas, where a
Bolivarian people has conquered power and the stature of a continental
leader, President Hugo Chavez Frias, is growing bigger.
More than ever before we have to defend the United Nations, but the biggest
challenge would be to turn it into an organization that serves the
legitimate interests of all States, instead of catering for the
arbitrariness and abuses of a handful of rich and powerful countries. We
must see to it that International Law as well as the Purposes and Principles
of the UN Charter prevail in the face of the brute force that attempts to
wipe them out. It is necessary to reestablish the leading role of this
Assembly and relaunch the Security Council.
The General Assembly has the inescapable moral, political and legal
obligation to ensure the recognition of an independent Palestinian State,
with the boundaries established before 1967 and with East Jerusalem as its
capital, as a full member of the United Nations Organization.
If there's recognition of the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to
independence, sovereignty and self-determination; if there is recognition of
the need to reestablish the exercise of the human rights of Palestinians; if
the blockade of Gaza, the economic coercion and segregation symbolized by
the infamous wall are recognized as crimes; if the subjugation of a nation
to conditions jeopardizing its existence is described as genocide; if all
member States are supposed to adopt all legal measures within their reach to
protect Palestinian civilians, then the General Assembly should take action
now. Cuba, a country with a small Jewish community, condemns the historical
injustice of anti-Semitism, the crime against humanity which was the
and recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist. Our people only
harbor fraternal feelings towards the Israeli people, who are also a victim
of this conflict.
Cuba likewise proclaims that the United States has the moral, political and
legal obligation to stop vetoing the Security Council resolutions destined
to protect the Palestinian civilians.
The European Union should oppose this veto and abstain from supporting the
empire's brutal pressure on the members of this Assernbly and the Council
itself. It should also be true and fair for Europe to denounce that those
crimes would not be happening if not because of the military supplies, the
financial support and the impunity ensured by the US to the Israeli
On September 11, 2011, we Cubans shared the pain of the American people who
were victims of those atrocious terrorist actions and offered our selfless
solidarity, encouragement and cooperation. As usual, Cuba made some
crystalclear statements against terrorism and against war.
Ten years after, the world is even more insecure because instead of turning
international consensus against terrorism into a system of international
cooperation to cope with it, the United States has invaded and occupied Iraq
and Afghanistan, taking a toll on the lives of thousands of persons and
causing pain to tens of millions.
Deception, torture, extrajudicial executions or assassinations, the
disappearance of persons, arbitrary detentions and the CIA secret renditions
and prisons in Europe and other regions were impossible to hide.
The US Government offends the memory of the victims of September 11 when it
maintains the prolonged and inhumane imprisonment of the Five Cuban
antiterrorists, who were unjustly sentenced to serve extreme sanctions at
spurious trials for seeking information about the terrorist activities of
the groups that have operated with absolute impunity from the US territory
against Cuba, thus causing the death of or physical disabilities to 5 577
fellow Cuban citizens.
Once again, with all due respect, I urge President Obama to make use of his
prerogatives to set them free as an act of justice or as a humanitarian
gesture which will be highly appreciated by their children, wives, mothers,
fathers and all of our people.
The Cuban government reiterates its willingness and interest to move towards
the normalization of relations with the United States. Today I reiterate the
proposal of beginning a dialogue aimed at solving bilateral problems,
including humanitarian issues, as well as the offer of negotiating several
cooperation agreements to combat drug-trafficking, terrorism, human
smuggling, prevent natural disasters and protect the environment, even in
the event of oil spills as the one occurred at the British Petroleum
platform in the Gulf of Mexico.
However, we know that the electoral race has already begun in this country
while the economic situation is getting worse.
The economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba has been
tightened and the damages it has caused have totaled 975 billion dollars
according to the present gold price. The attempts to subvert the
constitutional order that Cubans have freely elected have intensified.
There are increasing pressures on the part of the extreme right and the
Cuban American mafia to revert the minimal steps taken by the US government
that, to some extent, favor the links between the Cuban emigres and their
home country and the exchanges between both peoples.
In Cuba, President Raul Castro has reiterated that we will continue to
change, in a sovereign way, everything that needs to be changed so that our
economy is more efficient and our socialism is better, in order to conquer
"all the justice" and be able to fully preserve our independence.
As Marti said, "before ceasing in our endeavor to have a free and prosperous
homeland, the South Seas will merge with the Northern Seas and a serpent
will hatch out of an eagle's egg."
Thank you, very much.
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