Reflections of Fidel
The duty to
avoid a war in Korea
(Taken from (CubaDebate)
A few days ago I mentioned the great
challenges humanity is currently facing. Intelligent
life emerged on our planet approximately 200,000
years ago, although new discoveries demonstrate
This is not to confuse intelligent
life with the existence of life which, from its
elemental forms in our solar system, emerged
millions of years ago.
A virtually infinite number of life
forms exist. In the sophisticated work of the world’s
most eminent scientists the idea has already been
conceived of reproducing the sounds which followed
the Big Bang, the great explosion which took place
more than 13.7 billion years ago.
This introduction would be too
extensive if it was not to explain the gravity of an
event as unbelievable and absurd as the situation
created in the Korean Peninsula, within a geographic
area containing close to five billion of the seven
billion persons currently inhabiting the planet.
This is about one of the most
serious dangers of nuclear war since the October
Crisis around Cuba in 1962, 50 years ago.
In 1950, a war was unleashed there [the
Korean Peninsula] which cost millions of lives. It
came barely five years after two atomic bombs were
exploded over the defenseless cities of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki which, in a matter of seconds, killed
and irradiated hundreds of thousands of people.
General Douglas MacArthur wanted to
utilize atomic weapons against the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea. Not even Harry Truman allowed
It has been affirmed that the People’s
Republic of China lost one million valiant soldiers
in order to prevent the installation of an enemy
army on that country’s border with its homeland. For
its part, the Soviet army provided weapons, air
support, technological and economic aid.
I had the honor of meeting Kim Il
Sung, a historic figure, notably courageous and
If war breaks out there, the peoples
of both parts of the Peninsula will be terribly
sacrificed, without benefit to all or either of them.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was always
friendly with Cuba, as Cuba has always been and will
continue to be with her.
Now that the country has
demonstrated its technical and scientific
achievements, we remind her of her duties to the
countries which have been her great friends, and it
would be unjust to forget that such a war would
particularly affect more than 70% of the population
of the planet.
If a conflict of that nature should
break out there, the government of Barack Obama in
his second mandate would be buried in a deluge of
images which would present him as the most sinister
character in the history of the United States. The
duty of avoiding war is also his and that of the
people of the United States.
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 4, 2013