(Taken from CubaDebate)
THOSE who pay attention to these
issues know that, on September 11, 2001, our people
expressed solidarity with the United States and
offered the modest support we could provide in the
area of emergency care for the victims of the brutal
attack on the Twin Towers in New York.
We also immediately offered our
country’s runways to U.S. aircraft with no place to
land given the chaos which reigned in the first few
hours after the strike.
The Cuba Revolution’s historic
position in opposition to acts which endanger the
lives of civilians is well known.
Unwavering participants in the armed
struggle against the Batista dictatorship we were,
but opposed, in principle, to any terrorist act
which would lead to the death of innocent people.
Such a position, maintained over half a century,
allows us the right to express a point of view on
this delicate issue.
In a massive public event that day
at [Havana’s] Ciudad Deportiva, I expressed the
conviction that international terrorism would never
be ended through violence and war.
He was clearly, for years, a friend
of the United States, trained by it, and an
adversary of the USSR and socialism, but whatever
the acts attributed to Bin Laden, the murder of an
unarmed human being surrounded by his family
constitutes an abhorrent deed. This is apparently
what the government of the most powerful nation ever
to exist did.
The carefully crafted speech given
by Obama announcing the death of Bin Laden affirms,
"…we know that the worst images are those that were
unseen to the world. The empty seat at the dinner
table. Children who were forced to grow up without
their mother or their father. Parents who would
never know the feeling of their child's embrace.
Nearly 3,000 citizens taken from us, leaving a
gaping hole in our hearts."
This paragraph contains a dramatic
truth, but it does not deter honest people from
remembering the unjust wars unleashed by the United
States in Iraq and Afghanistan, the hundreds of
thousands of children forced to grow up without
their mother or their father and the parents who
would never know the feeling of their child's
Millions of citizens fled far from
their peoples in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Cuba and other countries of the world.
Nor have hundreds of millions of
people forgotten the horrific images of human beings
in Guantánamo, occupied Cuban territory, filing by
silently, subjected to months, even years, of
unbearable, maddening torture. They are individuals
kidnapped and transported to secret prisons with the
hypocritical complicity of supposedly civilized
Obama cannot conceal the fact that
Osama was executed in the presence of his children
and wives, now being held by authorities in
Pakistan, a Muslim country of almost 200 million
inhabitants which has seen its laws violated, its
national dignity offended and its religious
How will he prevent the women and
children of the person executed outside of the law,
without a trial, from explaining what happened and
the images from being transmitted around the world?
On January 28, 2002, CBS journalist
Dan Rather reported on this television network that
on September 10, 2002, the day before the World
Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Osama Bin Laden
was treated with kidney dialysis in a Pakistani
military hospital. He was in no position to hide or
seek refuge in deep caverns.
Murdering him and consigning his
body to the depths of the ocean demonstrates fear
and insecurity, making him a much more dangerous
After the initial euphoria, public
opinion in the very United States will eventually
turn against the methods used, which far from
protecting its citizens, will multiply the hatred
and vengeful feelings against them.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 4, 2011