Reflections of Fidel
The roads leading to disaster
(Taken from CubaDebate)
THIS Reflection could be written
today, tomorrow or any other day without any risk of
being mistaken. Our species is confronting new
problems. When I stated 20 years ago at the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development in
Rio de Janeiro, that a species was in danger of
extinction, I had fewer reasons than today to warn
of a danger, one which could perhaps be perceived as
100 years distant. At that time, a few leaders of
the most powerful countries were managing the world.
They applauded my words out of mere courtesy and
placidly continued digging our species’ grave.
It appeared that commonsense and
order reigned on our planet. For some time, economic
development supported by technology and science
seemed to be the Alpha and Omega of human society.
Today, everything is much clearer.
Profound truths have gradually come to light. Close
to 200 states, supposedly independent, constitute,
in theory, the political organization responsible
for governing the destiny of the world.
Approximately 25,000 nuclear weapons
in the hands of allied or antagonistic forces
prepared to defend the changing order - out if self-interest
or necessity - are virtually reducing to zero the
rights of billions of people.
I will not disingenuously assign
responsibility to Russia or China for the
development of this type of weapons, in the wake of
the monstrous slaughter of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
ordered by Truman after the death of Roosevelt.
Neither will I fall into the error
of denying the holocaust, which signified the death
of millions of children and adults, men and women,
principally Jews, Romanies, Russians or people of
other nationalities who were the victims of Nazism.
For that reason the infamous policy of those denying
the Palestinian people their right to exist is
Does anyone think that the United
States will be capable of acting with the
independence that could preserve it from the
inevitable disaster awaiting it?
Within a few weeks, the $40 million
which President Obama committed himself to raise for
his election campaign will only serve to demonstrate
that his country’s currency is very devalued, and
that the United States, with its unprecedented and
growing public debt, approaching 20 trillion dollars,
is living off the money it issues and not off what
it produces. The rest of the world is paying for
what they are squandering.
Neither does anybody believe that
the Democratic candidate will be better or worse
than his Republican opponents: whether they are
called Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. Light years
separate the three from figures as outstanding as
Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King. It is really
extraordinary to observe a nation so powerful
technologically and a government so bereft of both
ideas and moral values.
Iran does not possess nuclear
weapons. It is accused of producing enriched uranium,
which serves as fuel for generating energy or as a
component for medical use. Like it or not, its
possession or production is not equivalent to the
production of nuclear weapons. Dozens of countries
use enriched uranium as an energy source, but it
cannot be used in the manufacture of a nuclear
weapon without a prior, complex purification process.
However Israel, which with the help
and cooperation of the United States manufactured
nuclear weapons without informing or making itself
accountable to anyone, today has hundreds of these
weapons, without acknowledging possession of them.
In order to prevent research development in
neighboring Arab countries, it attacked and
destroyed the reactors of Syria and Iran. It has
also declared its intention to attack and destroy
Iran’s nuclear fuel production facilities.
International politics have been
revolving around this crucial issue in this complex
and dangerous region of the world, where a major
portion of the fuel which moves the world economy is
The selective elimination of Iran’s
most eminent scientists on the part of Israel and
its NATO allies has become a practice which foments
hatred and sentiments of revenge.
The Israeli government has openly
declared its intention to attack the enriched
uranium production plant in Iran, and the government
of the United States has invested hundreds of
millions of dollars in manufacturing a bomb for that
On March 16, 2012, Michel
Chossudovsky and Finian Cunningham published an
article revealing that "A top U.S. Air Force general
has described the biggest conventional warhead – the
30,000-pound bunkerbuster bomb – as ‘great’ for a
military strike on Iran.
"Such glib comment about a massive
killing device comes in the same week that U.S.
President Barack Obama appeared to caution against
‘loose talk’ about war in the Persian Gulf.
"…’The massive ordnance penetrator
[MOP] is a great weapon,’ said Lieutenant General
Herbert Carlisle, the U.S. Air Force deputy chief of
staff for operations, who added that the bomb would
likely be used in any attack on Iran ordered by
"The MOP also referred to as The
Mother of All Bombs is designed to drill through 200
feet of reinforced concrete before detonating its
massive warhead. It is believed to be the biggest
conventional, non-nuclear, weapon in the American
"The Pentagon is planning on a
process of extensive destruction of Iran’s
infrastructure and mass civilian casualties through
the combined use of tactical nukes and monster
conventional mushroom cloud bombs, including the
MOAB and the larger GBU-57A/B or Massive Ordnance
Penetrator (MOP), which surpasses the MOAB in terms
of explosive capacity.
The MOP is described as "a powerful
new bomb aimed squarely at the underground nuclear
facilities of Iran and North Korea. The gargantuan
bomb—longer than 11 persons standing shoulder-to-shoulder
or more than 20 feet base to nose—"
I beg readers to forgive me for this
tortuous military jargon.
As can be noted, such calculations
are based on the assumption that the Iranian
combatants, which include millions of men and women
known for their religious commitment and traditions
of struggle, will surrender without firing a shot.
Recently, over a period of just
three weeks, Iranians have seen how United States
soldiers occupying Afghanistan have urinated on the
bodies of murdered Afghans, burned copies of the
Koran and killed more than 15 defenseless citizens.
Imagine United States forces
dropping monstrous bombs, capable of penetrating 60
meters of cement, on industrial facilities. Never
before has such an adventure been conceived.
Not another word is needed to
comprehend the seriousness of such a policy.
Following this path, our species will be led
inexorably toward disaster. If we do not learn to
comprehend, we will never learn to survive.
As far as I am concerned, I do not
harbor the slightest doubt that the United States is
about to commit, and lead the world toward, the
greatest error in its history.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 21, 2012
Translated by Granma International