The press dispatches bring the news; it belongs to the Astute
Class, the first of its kind to be constructed in Great Britain in
more than two decades.
"A nuclear reactor will allow it to navigate without refuelling
during its 25 year of service. Since it makes its own oxigen and
drinking water, it can circumnavigate the globe without needing to
surface," was the statement to the BBC by Nigel Ward, head of the
"It’s a mean looking beast", says another.
"Looming above us is a construction shed 12 storeys high. Within
it are 3 nuclear-powered submarines at different stages of
construction," assures yet another.
Someone says that "it can observe the movements of cruisers in
New York Harbor right from the English Channel, drawing close to the
coast without being detected and listen to conversations on cell
phones". "In addition, it can transport special troops in mini-subs
that, at the same time, will be able to fire lethal Tomahawk
missiles for distances of 1,400 miles", a fourth person declares.
El Mercurio, the Chilean newspaper, emphatically spreads the
The UK Royal Navy declares that it will be one of the most
advanced in the world. The first of them will be launched on June 8
and will go into service in January of 2009.
It can transport up to 38 Tomahawk cruise missiles and Spearfish
torpedoes, capable of destroying a large warship. It will possess a
permanent crew of 98 sailors who will even be able to watch movies
on giant plasma screens.
The new Astute will carry the latest generation of Block 4
Tomahawk torpedoes which can be reprogrammed in flight. It will be
the first one not having a system of conventional periscopes and,
instead, will be using fibre optics, infrared waves and thermal
"BAE Systems, the armaments manufacturer, will build two other
submarines of the same class," AP reported. The total cost of the
three submarines, according to calculations that will certainly be
below the mark, is 7.5 billion dollars.
What a feat for the British! The intelligent and tenacious people
of that nation will surely not feel any sense of pride. What is most
amazing is that with such an amount of money, 75 thousand doctors
could be trained to care for 150 million people, assuming that the
cost of training a doctor would be one-third of what it costs in the
United States. You could build 3 thousand polyclinics, outfitted
with sophisticated equipment, ten times what our country possesses.
Cuba is currently training thousands of young people from other
countries as medical doctors.
In any remote African village, a Cuban doctor can impart medical
knowledge to any youth from the village or from the surrounding
municipality who has the equivalent of a grade twelve education,
using videos and computers energized by a small solar panel; the
youth does not even have to leave his hometown, nor does he need to
be contaminated with the consumer habits of a large city.
The important thing is the patients who are suffering from
malaria or any other of the typical and unmistakable diseases that
the student will be seeing together the doctor.
The method has been tested with surprising results. The knowledge
and practical experience accumulated for years have no possible
The non-lucrative practice of medicine is capable of winning over
all noble hearts.
Since the beginning of the Revolution, Cuba has been engaged in
training doctors, teachers and other professionals; with a
population of less than 12 million inhabitants, today we have more
Comprehensive General Medicine specialists than all the doctors in
sub-Saharan Africa where the population exceeds 700 million people.
We must bow our heads in awe after reading the news about the
English submarine. It teaches us, among other things, about the
sophisticated weapons that are needed to maintain the untenable
order developed by the United States imperial system.
We cannot forget that for centuries, and until recently, England
was called the Queen of the Seas. Today, what remains of that
privileged position is merely a fraction of the hegemonic power of
her ally and leader, the United States.
Churchill said: Sink the Bismarck! Today Blair says: Sink
whatever remains of Great Britain’s prestige!
For that purpose, or for the holocaust of the species, is what
his "marvellous submarine" will be good for.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 21, 2007