REFLECTIONS BY THE COMMANDER IN
W AND APEC
Important meetings take place at such
a frantic pace and Bush flies around and speaks at such speed that
it is almost impossible to keep track. En route to Sydney, he
stopped over for a few hours in Iraq, no less. I can’t say whether
this happened two or three days ago, because when it's Thursday in
Sydney and the sun is almost at high noon over the land, it’s still
Wednesday in Havana with its fresh night air. The globalized planet
Earth changes and transforms our concepts. Only one reality remains
unchanged: the Empire’s network of air, sea, land and space military
bases, increasingly more powerful and at the same time more
We don’t need to go into any special efforts of
persuasion. Let us allow the U.S. news agency to speak for itlself.
"SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - President
Bush urged Pacific Rim nations Wednesday to band together on
tackling global warming, saying (China and) all major polluters must
be part of any solution…
"Bush backed an Australian proposal that Asia-Pacific
countries [APEC] endorse a new […] approach to the […] challenge of
climate change – one that unlike the current Kyoto Protocol (which
both the US and Australia refused to sign) would require firmer
action by China and other developing countries."
"For there to be an effective climate change policy,
China needs to be at the table," Bush said at a news conference with
Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Bush and Howard issued a
joint statement that supported nuclear energy, new technologies and
lots of dialogue to find a way forward on global warming."
"About 300 protesters, many of them high school
students on a walkout to protest against Bush, the Iraq war and
Howard’s support for both, staged a […] demonstration…"
"According to reports, the draft of the final
declaration to be released by the Summit next weekend makes brief
mention of the climate change problem. AP obtained a copy of the
draft on Wednesday."
The paragraphs in quotation marks have been taken
literally from the press dispatch. Other traditional international
agencies affirm this in more or less detail.
However, this is not the only news coming from the
unstoppable deluge of Bush’s words.
For example, the DPA Agency informs that Bush
sketched out some guidelines in Sydney about what must be done in
Myanmar, the former British colony of Burma, having 678,500 square
kilometers and a population of 42,909,464.
"Sydney, 5 Sept/07 (DPA) – President
Bush of the United States today harshly criticized the military
junta of Myanmar (former Burma) and called on the leaders
participating this weekend at the APEC Summit in the Australian city
of Sydney to do the same.
"It's inexcusable that we have this
kind of tyrannical behavior in Asia. It's inexcusable that people
who have marched for freedom are then mistreated by a repressive
he stated today in his first
public declarations following his arrival in Sydney before taking
part in the APEC Summit.
"The US President was referring to the violent
repression of protests which took place in Myanmar at the end of
August. ‘And those of us who live in the comfort of a free society
need to speak out about these kinds of human rights abuses,' Bush
It is well-known that in Iraq around
a million people have died and two million have been forced to
emigrate since the country was invaded by the troops of the United
States and its allies, the Australians among them. Neither of these
two countries signed the Kyoto Protocol, with the permanent
representatives of their governments becoming rarae avis at
the United Nations, where the rejection is practically unanimous.
Likewise, we know that Blair’s replacement has planned the
withdrawal of British troops from Iraq. In those three countries,
naturally including the United States and Australia, there is a
growing resistance to the Iraq adventure, to which today we can add
the Afghanistan adventure. In this country, the fields have been
planted with poppies which will enable them to produce ninety
percent of all of the world’s opium.
In Afghanistan, a country with a tradition of
independence and rebellion, such a phenomenon had never occurred. It
is coming up now under foreign occupation. Most of its inhabitants,
84 percent, are Sunni Muslim. The soldiers and weapons of the United
States and its NATO allies kill women and children there every day.
As if that were not enough, Bush has threatened to return Pakistan
to the Stone Age. He has labeled the Guardians of the Revolution
terrorists; this is a contingent of millions of men closely
associated with the Iranian army. At the same time, he is strongly
pressuring the Prime Minister of Iraq, who has been kept in power up
until the present by the invading forces, using the same excuse of
fighting against terrorism.
Let us allow everyone to meditate on the atrocious
actions of the repressive governments which the United States
trained for Latin America during decades in the US academies of
torturers, and the role of drugs supported by the markets of the
empire’s consumer society. That is the kind of democracy W preaches
to APEC. All bearing the US brand name and patent.
They would like to punish Myanmar the same way they
have been punishing Cuba. Why don’t they create for them an
Adjustment Act so that their emigrants who are qualified nurses,
doctors, engineers and persons capable of producing capital gains
for the multinationals will have the right to reside in the United
This reflection is getting very long and I have to
Since in our country every institution or important
event is celebrating yet another year of life, five, ten and even
fifty or more, I take advantage of this opportunity to share the
glory of the people of Cienfuegos, who two days ago celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of the marines’ revolt at the Cayo Loco Naval
District Headquarters, lead by the July 26 Movement, and that of the
creation of the Computer Youth Clubs, whose 20th
anniversary will be celebrated tomorrow, on Saturday. I send to all
my warmest congratulations.
Fidel Castro Ruz
September 7, 2007