Reflections of Fidel
A blow waiting to happen
(Taken from CubaDebate)
ON Tuesday, June 8, I wrote the
Reflection "On the threshold of tragedy" around
midday; later I watched Randy Alonso’s "Roundtable"
television program, broadcast at 6:30 p.m. as usual.
That day, the outstanding and
eminent Cuban intellectuals taking part in the
Roundtable replied to the program director’s acute
questions with eloquent words which greatly
respected my opinions, only that they did not
believe that there would be any reason for Iran to
reject the possible decision – now known – adopted
by the Security Council in the morning of June 9 in
New York – doubtless one agreed among the leaders of
the five powers with a right to the veto: United
States, Britain and France, with those of Russia and
At that moment, I expressed to the
close people who usually accompany me: "How much I
regret not having ended my Reflection by stating
that nobody desired more than me that I should be
mistaken!" but was already late, I couldn’t delay
sending it to the CubaDebate website and to
The next day, at 10:00 a.m., knowing
that that was the time of the meeting, it occurred
to me to tune into CNN in Spanish, which would
surely transmit information on the debate in the
Security Council. Thus I was able to hear the words
with which the president of the Council presented
the draft resolution promoted a few days earlier by
the United States, backed by France, the United
Kingdom and Germany.
Various representatives of the
principal members involved in the draft resolution
also spoke. The United States representative
explained why her country had approved it, with the
usual pretext of sanctioning Iran for having
violated the principles of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty. In his turn, the representative of Turkey,
one of whose ships was the victim of the brutal
attack by Israel’s elite forces which, in the early
hours of the morning and transported in helicopters,
assaulted the flotilla that was taking foodstuffs
for the one and a half million Palestinians
blockaded in a fragment of their own homeland,
stated his government’s intention to oppose new
sanctions against Iran.
In its news slot, CNN presented
various pieces of footage of hands raised while
members stated their positions with visible gestures,
among them the representative of Lebanon, the
country which abstained in the vote.
The serene presence of the members
of the Security Council who voted against the
resolution was expressed by the firm right of the
hand of a woman, the Brazilian representative, who
had previously expressed in a steady tone the
reasons why her homeland was opposed to the
A world of news on the issue was
still lacking; I tuned into Telesur, which, for
hours, satisfied the immeasurable need for
Speaking in Natal, in the northeast
of Brazil, President Lula da Silva expressed two
immortal phrases: that the sanctions were imposed by
"those who believe in force and not in dialogue,"
and that the meeting of the Security Council "could
have served to discuss the disarmament of those [countries]
that have atomic weapons."
It would not be at all strange that
both Israel and the United States and its close
allies with a right to the veto in the Security
Council: France and Britain, would want to take
advantage of the enormous interest aroused by the
football World Cup to calm international opinion,
indignant at the criminal conduct of the Israeli
elite troops facing the Gaza Strip.
It is thus highly probable that the
blow will be delayed for a few weeks, and even be
forgotten by most people in the hottest days of the
northern summer. One will have to observe the
cynicism with which Israeli leaders respond to press
interviews in the next few days, when they will be
bombarded with questions. Opportunely, they will set
about raising the severity of their demands before
squeezing the trigger. They are anxious to repeat
the history of Mossadegh in 1953, or to take Iran
back to the Stone Age, a threat that pleases the
powerful empire in its dealings with Pakistan.
The state of Israel’s hatred of the
Palestinians is such that they would not hesitate to
send one and a half million men, women and children
from that country to the gas chambers in which
millions of Jews of all ages were exterminated by
The Führer’s swastika would seem to
be Israel’s banner today. This opinion is not born
of hatred, but of the sentiment of a country that
gave solidarity and shelter to the Jews when, in the
harsh days of World War II, the pro-yanki
government of Batista tried to send back from Cuba a
boatload of Jewish refugees escaping from France,
Belgium and Holland on account of Nazi persecution.
I knew many members of the numerous
Jewish community resident in Cuba at the triumph of
the Revolution; I visited them and talked with them
on a number occasions. We never expelled them from
our country. The differences with many of them arose
on account of the revolutionary laws which affected
economic interests and, on the other hand, the
consumer society attracted many people, as opposed
to the sacrifices implied by the Revolution. Others
remained in our homeland and lent valuable services
A new and sinister stage is opening
up for the world.
Yesterday, at 12:44 p.m. Obama spoke
on the Security Council agreement.
I have some notes of what the
president stated here, taken from CNN in Spanish.
"Today, the UN Security Council
voted overwhelmingly to sanction Iran for its
"This resolution will put in place
the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian
government, and it sends an unmistakable message
about the international community’s commitment to
stopping the spread of nuclear weapons."
"For years, the Iranian government
has failed to live up to its obligations under the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty."
"While Iran’s leaders hide behind
outlandish rhetoric, their actions have been deeply
"Indeed, when I took office just
over 16 months ago, Iranian intransigence was well-established."
"…we offered the Iranian government the prospect of
a better future if lives up to its international
"So there is no double standard at
"Iran further violated its own obligations under U.N.
Security Council resolutions to suspend uranium
"That’s why… these serious
"These are the most comprehensive
sanctions that the Iranian government has faced."
"This shows the united view of the
international community that a nuclear arms race in
the Middle East is in nobody’s interest."
These sentences that I have selected
from his brief speech are more than sufficient to
demonstrate how feeble, weak and unjustifiable are
the politics of the powerful empire.
Obama himself admitted in his speech
at the Islamic University of Al-Azhar in Cairo that,
"In the middle of the Cold War, the United States
played a role in the overthrow of a democratically
elected Iranian government," although he did not say
when or for what intentions. It is possible that not
even he will remember how it was effected against
Mossadegh in 1953, in order to install in government
the dynasty of Reza Pahlevi, the Shah of Iran, whom
it armed to the teeth as its principal gendarme in
that region of the Middle East, where the satrap
amassed an immense fortune derived from that
country’s oil wealth.
At that time the state of Israel did
not possess a single nuclear weapon. The empire had
an enormous and unanswerable nuclear strength. It
was then that the adventurous idea occurred to the
United States of creating in Israel a gendarme in
the Middle East, a country that is now threatening a
considerable part of the world population and is
capable of acting with the independence and
fanaticism that characterize it.
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 10, 2010
Translated by Granma International