At the risk of turning this into an
extensive reflection, I wish to add a number of facts. The
European Union has been led by Washington to a mighty cul-de-sac.
The Cold War ended with the triumph of the real consumerism of
developed capitalism, and the frantic impulse to consume that had
been awakened in broad sectors of the populations of the socialist
block and Soviet Union. They had lost the battle of ideas. The
Russian people, the main moving force behind the October
Revolution, were violently deprived of important commitments which
encompassed agreements and guarantees for its security and
sovereignty: Europe was stripped of over 400 SS-20 missiles, as
NATO described them. These mobile missiles, fitted with three
nuclear warheads each, were pointed to every corner in Europe
where US military bases and NATO forces were located. In its
triumphalist intoxication, the aggressive military alliance had
taken under its wing many former socialist republics of Europe, a
number of which, seeking economic benefits, have made the rest of
Europe a hostage of their foreign policy, which unconditionally
serves the strategic interests of the United States.
All European Union members have the right to veto
a decision. This system is politically dysfunctional and curtails,
in practice, the sovereignty of all members. The European Union is
today in worse shape than the former socialist block ever was. The
vain Tony Blair, manufacturer of sophisticated submarines and a
friend of Bush, is already being announced as a potential future
candidate to chair the European Union. The cables bring the news
today that he was appointed special envoy for the Middle East,
where he so amply contributed to that disastrous war unleashed by
the United States.
In the energy sector, we see European governments
beg for oil in the few regions in the world where the empire has
not forcibly appropriated this resource, in much the same way it
purchases, with worthless bills, any European company it pleases.
The euro, however, is a stable currency, much more
than the dollar, which is constantly being devalued. Even though
the dollar is defended by the holders of US bonds and bills, the
empire faces the risk of an economic disaster of dramatic
Europe, on the other hand, would be one of the
areas most severely affected by global warming. Its well-known and
modern port facilities would end up underwater.
Today, it desperately proposes free trade
agreements with Latin America which are worse than Washington's,
in search of raw materials and bio-diesel. We are beginning to
hear criticisms about this. But Europe's money is not in the hands
of the Community, it belongs to transnational corporations which
may relocate to countries where labor is cheap in search of
Cuba’s proud and honorable response has
underscored the essentials.
Though every good strategy includes a good tactic,
neither of the two are sound if arrogance and smugness are
Europeans themselves will one day come to
understand the absurd situation they were led to by imperialism
and will realize that a Caribbean country pointed out some
necessary truths for them. The wild horse of consumerism cannot
continue to gallop madly ahead, for such a race is unsustainable.
The last European Union meeting held to address
the future community treaty was further proof of the
demoralization of Europe. Last Sunday, June 24, the AFP reported
that Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi expressed his "bitterness"
over the Brussels summit, where he accused European Union leaders
of staging the spectacle of an emotionless Europe, in an interview
for La Repubblica newspaper.
"'As a European, allow me to be embittered for the
spectacle I find myself in front of’, Prodi, ex-chairman of the
European Commission, said.
"’The doggedness of some governments to negate
every emotional aspect of Europe has hurt me', he added, referring
to Poland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Great Britain.
"’And then these are the same governments that
rebuke Europe for being far from citizens’, he affirmed.
"’But how can you involve citizens without
involving their emotions? How can you give them pride to be
European if the symbols of its pride [such as the flag and hymn]
are negated?’ he asked".
"Prodi lambasted [Tony Blair] for ‘conducting a
battle’ against the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights".
"He criticized Polish President Lech Kaczynski,
who said he could not share his stances because Italy and Poland
were 'very different nations'".
"Prodi concluded by saying that 'never before had
Eurosceptics expressed themselves so explicitly and
programmatically' as in the last Summit".
At the last G-8 meeting, Bush had sent Europeans a
At this decisive point in time, the number of
enemies one has, which will be fewer and fewer with time, is of no
importance. What is important is "the stars we carry on our
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 27, 2007