George W. Bush is
undoubtedly the most genuine representative of a system of
terror forced on the world by the technological, economic and
political superiority of the most powerful country known to this
planet. For this reason, we share the tragedy of the American
people and their ethical values. The instructions for the
verdict issued by Judge Kathleen Cardone, of the El Paso Federal
Court last Friday, granting Luis Posada Carriles freedom on
bail, could only have come from the White House.
It was President
Bush himself who ignored at all times the criminal and terrorist
nature of the defendant who was protected with a simple
accusation of immigration violation leveled at him. The reply is
brutal. The government of the United States and its most
representative institutions had already decided to release the
are well-known and reach far back. The people who trained him
and ordered him to destroy a Cuban passenger plane in midair,
with 73 athletes, students and other Cuban and foreign travelers
on board, together with its dedicated crew; those who bought his
freedom while the terrorist was held in prison in Venezuela, so
that he could supply and practically conduct a dirty war against
the people of Nicaragua, resulting in the loss of thousands of
lives and the devastation of a country for decades to come;
those who empowered him to smuggle with drugs and weapons making
a mockery of the laws of Congress; those who collaborated with
him to create the terrible Operation Condor and to
internationalize terror; the same who brought torture, death and
often the physical disappearance of hundreds of thousands of
Latin Americans, could not possibly act any different.
Even though Bush’s
decision was to be expected, it is certainly no less humiliating
for our people. Thanks to the revelations of “Por Esto!”
a Mexican publication from the state of Quintana Roo later
complemented by our own sources, Cuba knew with absolute
precision how Posada Carriles entered from Central America, via
Cancun, to the Isla Mujeres departing from there on board the
Santrina, after the ship was inspected by the Mexican federal
authorities, heading with other terrorists straight to Miami.
publicly challenged with exact information on the matter, since
April 15, 2005, it took the government of that country more than
a month to arrest the terrorist, and a year and two months to
admit that Luis Posada Carriles had entered through the Florida
coast illegally on board the Santrina, a presumed school-ship
licensed in the United States.
Not a single word
is said of his countless victims, of the bombs he set off in
tourist facilities in recent years, of his dozens of plans
financed by the government of the United States to physically
It was not enough
for Bush to offend the name of Cuba by installing a horrible
torture center similar to Abu Ghraib on the territory illegally
occupied in Guantánamo, horrifying the world with this
procedure. The cruel actions of his predecessors seemed not
enough for him. It was not enough to force a poor and
underdeveloped country like Cuba to spend 100 billion dollars.
To accuse Posada Carriles was tantamount to accusing himself.
half a century, everything was fair game against our small
island lying 90 miles away from its coast, wanting to be
independent. Florida saw the installation of the largest station
for intelligence and subversion that ever existed on this
It was not enough
to send a mercenary invasion on the Bay of Pigs, costing us 176
dead and more than 300 wounded at a time when the few medical
specialists they left us had no experience treating war wounds.
Earlier still, the
carrying Belgian weapons and grenades for Cuba had exploded on
the docks of Havana Harbor. The two well synchronized explosions
caused the deaths of more than 100 workers and wounded others as
many of them tool part in the rescue attempts.
It was not enough
to have the Missile Crisis of 1962, which brought the world to
the brink of an all-consuming thermonuclear war, at a time when
there were bombs 50 times more powerful than the ones dropped on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
It was not enough
to introduce in our country viruses, bacteria and fungi to
attack plantations and flocks; and incredible as it may seem, to
attack human beings. Some of these pathogens came out of
American laboratories and were brought to Cuba by well-known
terrorists in the service of the United States government.
Add to all this
the enormous injustice of keeping five heroic patriots
imprisoned for supplying information about terrorist activities;
they were condemned in a fraudulent manner to sentences that
include two life sentences and they stoically withstand cruel
mistreatment, each of them in a different prison.
Time and again the
Cuban people have fearlessly faced the threat of death. They
have demonstrated that with intelligence, using appropriate
tactics and strategies, and especially preserving unity around
their political and social vanguard, there can be no force on
this earth capable of defeating them.
I think that the
coming May Day celebration would be the ideal day for our
people, --using the minimum of fuel and transportation-- to show
their feelings to the workers and the poor of the world.
Fidel Castro Ruz