I hope that
no-one say that I am gratuitously attacking Bush. Surely they will
understand my reasons for strongly criticizing his policies.
is an American journalist and writer who became famous for the
series of articles published by The Washington Post, written by
him and Carl Bernstein, and which eventually led to the
investigation and resignation of Nixon. He is author and
co-author of ten best-sellers. With his fearsome style he manages
to wrench confessions from his interviewees. In his book,
State of Denial, he says that on June 18, 2003, three months
after the Iraq war had begun, as he was on the way out of his
White House office following an important meeting, Bush slapped
Jay Garner on the back and said to him:
“Hey, Jay, you
want to do
“Sir, the boys
and I talked about that and we want to hold out for Cuba. We
think the rum and the cigars are a little better...The women are
“You got it. You got Cuba.”
betrayed by his subconscious. It was in his mind when he declared
what scores of dark corners should be expecting to happen and Cuba
occupies a special place among those dark corners.
recently retired three-star general who had been appointed Head of
the Post-War Planning Office for Iraq, created by secret National
Security Presidential Directive, was considered by Bush an
exceptional man to carry out his war strategy. Appointed for the
post on January 20, 2003, he was replaced on May 11 of that same
year at the urging of Rumsfeld. He didn’t have the nerve to
explain to Bush his strong disagreements on the matter of the
strategy to be pursued in Iraq. He was thinking of another one
with identical purpose. In the past few weeks, thousands of
marines and a number of US aircraft carriers, with their naval
supporting forces, have been maneuvering in the Persian Gulf, a
few miles off the Iranian territory.
It will very
soon be 50 years since our people started suffering a cruel
blockade; thousands of our sons and daughters have died or have
been mutilated as a result of the dirty war against Cuba, the only
country in the world to which an Adjustment Act has been applied
inciting illegal emigration, yet another cause of death for Cuban
citizens, including women and children; more than 15 years ago
Cuba lost her principal markets and sources of supply for foods,
energy, machinery, raw materials and long-term low-interest
socialist bloc collapsed followed almost immediately by the USSR,
dismantled piece by piece. The empire tightened and
internationalized the blockade; the proteins and calories which
were quite well distributed despite our deficiencies were reduced
approximately by 40 percent; diseases such as optical neuritis and
others appeared; the shortage of medicines, also a result of the
blockade, became an everyday reality. Medicines were allowed to
enter only as a charitable act, to demoralize us; these, in their
turn, became a source of illegal business and black-market
“special period” struck. This was the sum total of all the
consequences of the aggression and it forced us to take desperate
measures whose harmful effects were bolstered by the colossal
media machine of the empire. Everyone was awaiting, some with
sadness and others with oligarchic glee, the crumbling of the
The access to
convertible currency greatly harmed our social consciousness, to a
greater or a lesser degree, due to the inequalities and
ideological weaknesses it created.
lifetime, the Revolution has taught the people, training hundreds
of thousands of teachers, doctors, scientists, intellectuals,
artists, computer engineers and other professionals with
university and post-graduate degrees in dozens of professions.
This storehouse of wealth has allowed us to reduce infant
mortality to low levels, unthinkable in any Third World country,
and to raise life expectancy as well as the average educational
level of the population up to the ninth grade.
Cuba oil under favorable terms of payment at a time when oil
prices were escalating dramatically, the Venezuelan Bolivarian
Revolution brought a significant relief and opened up new
possibilities, since our country was already beginning to produce
her own energy in ever-growing amounts.
over its interests in that country, the empire had for years been
planning to destroy that Revolution, and so it attempted to do it
in April 2002, as it will attempt to do again as many times as it
can. This is why the Bolivarian revolutionaries are preparing to
Bush has intensified his plans for an occupation of Cuba, to the
point of proclaiming laws and an interventionist government in
order to install a direct imperial administration.
Based on the
privileges granted to the United States in Bretton Woods and
Nixon’s swindle when he removed the gold standard which placed a
limit on the issuing of paper money, the empire bought and paid
with paper tens of trillions of dollars, more than twelve digit
figures. This is how it preserved an unsustainable economy. A
large part of the world currency reserves are in US Treasury bonds
and bills. For this reason, many would rather not have a dollar
crisis like the one in 1929 that would turn those paper bills into
thin air. Today, the value of one dollar in gold is at least
eighteen times less than what it was in the Nixon years. The same
happens with the value of the reserves in that currency.
bills have kept their low current value because fabulous amounts
of increasingly expensive and modern weapons can be purchased with
them; weapons that produce nothing. The United States exports
more weapons than anyone else in the world. With those same paper
bills, the empire has developed a most sophisticated and deadly
system of weapons of mass destruction with which it sustains its
allows it to impose the idea of transforming foods into fuels and
to shatter any initiative and commitment to avoid global warming,
which is visibly accelerating.
thirst, more violent hurricanes and the surge of the sea is what
Tyranians and Trojans stand to suffer as a result of imperial
policies. It is only through drastic energy savings that humanity
will have a respite and hopes of survival for the species; but the
consumer societies of the wealthy nations are absolutely heedless
continue to develop and improve the combative capacities of her
people, including our modest but active and efficient defensive
weapons industry which multiplies our capacity to face the
invaders no matter where they may be, and the weapons they
possess. We shall continue acquiring the necessary materials and
the pertinent fire power, even though the notorious Gross Domestic
Product as measured by capitalism may not be growing, for their
GDP includes such things as the value of privatizations, drugs,
sexual services and advertising, while it excludes many others
like free educational and health services for all citizens.
From one year
to the next the standard of living can be improved by raising
knowledge, self-esteem and the dignity of people. It will be
enough to reduce wastage and the economy will grow. In spite of
everything, we will keep on growing as necessary and as possible.
dearly, and it is necessary to either resign ourselves to live
without it or to decide to buy it for its price”, said Martí.
attempts to conquer Cuba will only gather the dust of her soil
soaked in blood, if he does not perish in the fight”, exclaimed
We are not the
first revolutionaries to think that way! And we shall not be the
One man may be
bought, but never a people.
that I could survive the empire’s murderous machine. Shortly, it
will be a year since I became ill and, while I hovered between
life and death, I stated in the Proclamation of July 31, 2006: “I
do not harbor the slightest doubt that our people and our
Revolution will fight until the last drop of blood."
Mr. Bush, don’t
you doubt that either!
I assure you
that you will never have Cuba!
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 17, 2007