in the 1960s: Whatever one thinks of the ex-Cuban dictator,
cannot deny that he's a survivor.
Castro: Easing of Cuba
Restrictions 'Positive', But Not Nearly Enough
the United States eliminate more of the sanctions and laws that target the
Cuban regime? In the words of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, it's high
time that Washington owns up to some unpleasant truths about history and
current programs that he considers a danger to Latin America. In this edition
of Reflections of Fidel published in state-run Granma, the former Cuban
leader opines on U.S. policies he'd like to see, expresses displeasure on being
excluded from the Fifth Americas Summit to begin this Friday at the Port of
Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, and expresses qualified support for President
By Fidel Castro
Translated By Miguel Gutierrez
April 13, 2009
Cuba - Granma - Original Article (Spanish)
FORTY-EIGHT years ago,
mercenary forces in the service of a foreign power invaded their own homeland,
escorted by a U.S. squadron that included an aircraft carrier and dozens of
fighter aircraft. This date cannot be forgotten. The great power of the North
is capable of applying the same formula to any Latin American country. This has
occurred on many occasions throughout the history of our hemisphere. Has any
promise been declared that such actions will never be repeated, directly or
via indigenous armies, as have occurred in the Dominican Republic, Panama,
Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela and other countries?
The cunning and devious
attack on Girón Beach [the Bay of Pigs] cost us
more than 150 lives and hundreds of seriously wounded. We should like to hear
some self-criticism from that powerful nation - and a guarantee that such
events will never happen again in our hemisphere.
April 13th marked the seventh
anniversary since the failed coup against the Revolution in Venezuela.
For the sake of democracy and
human rights, we need a voice in Washington to tell us that the School of the
Americas, which specializes in coup and torture, will be closed forever.
We cannot forget that right
now, this April, the leader of ARENA
[Rodrigo Ávila], Bush's oligarchic ally in the Iraqi genocide, continues to
govern El Salvador. With a million human lives sacrificed [in Iraq], there is
enough blood to drown all of Bush's accomplices.
Does this recollection offend
anyone? Or is mentioning this prohibited in the name of decency, ingenuity and
react to news that the Obama Administration has taken
to allow people in the United States to travel to Cuba and
citizens in the U.S. to send money to relatives on the island.
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The [Obama Administration]
measure to ease restrictions on travel is itself positive - albeit minimally.
We need many others, including the elimination of the murderous Cuban Adjustment Act
[and the Helms-Burton
Act], which is applied exclusively to our country. We would
like a response to the question of whether the immigration privileges used to
combat the Cuban Revolution and strip it of human resources shall be granted to
all Latin American and Caribbean people. But everything that occurs in the Port of Spain [site
of the Fifth Summit of the Americas] will be secret. Listening to the debate
will be prohibited, as will discussing the pronouncements of heads of state and
government. In any event, we will learn what each of them says.
We don't want to hurt Obama
in the slightest, but he will only be president for one or two terms. He has no
responsibility for what happened in the past, and I am convinced that he would
not commit the atrocities that Bush did. After him, however, may be someone
else the same or worse than his predecessor. Men come and go; peoples endure.
There are other extremely
grave problems such as climate change, and the current president of the United
States has decided to cooperate on this issue - which is so important for
humankind. We must acknowledge this.
Enough for today. I don't
want to add another word.
SEE ALSO ON THIS:
El Universal, Venezuela:
Of Obama and Chavez: 'Unconditional' Meetings and 'Equal' Treatment
El Caribe, Dominican Republic:
Obama's Task at Summit of the Americas: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Castro and Chavez Split Over Obama
Around the World, Politicians Have Learned from Nixon
Tal Cual, Venezuela:
Crimes of Hugo Chavez Worse than Richard Nixon's
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