REMARKS BY DR. FIDEL CASTRO RUZ, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
OF CUBA, AT A
RALLY HELD IN GENERAL ANTONIO MACEO SQUARE, SANTIAGO DE
CUBA, JUNE 8, 2002.
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Compatriots from Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and all of
I had said that we would all respond to Mr. W. Bush. Our
teenagers, our young students; our workers, farmers,
journalists, historians, artists, intellectuals, scientists;
the fighters of
yesterday and of today; the youths, the adults, the elders
the mothers, the sons and daughters, and the close relatives
of all those
who have suffered themselves and their loved ones during 43
years of brutal
terrorism, aggressions and a murderous blockade maintained
U.S. Administrations against our people. They have all been
pieces Mr. W. Bush's statements in Miami.
He went too far in his speech. He was rude. He insulted, he
lied, and he
threatened. He would only need to add now that the heroic
people he pretends
"to free", have all been forcibly mobilized to take part in
the huge and
enthusiastic demonstrations of Sancti Spiritus and Holguin
before, and in
this enormous rally held today here, in Santiago de Cuba.
Perhaps no other country has ever witnessed such an
imposing, combative and
sound political movement. Perhaps, never before a small
nation had the
strength of character and the courage to resist such a
This is an unprecedented confrontation that is taking place
in a new
historical stage between the force of just ideas and the
murderous ideas of
the brutal force.
When the arrogant use of force is imposed in violation of
every right, ethic
and reason, demagogy and lies remain the only possible
Hardly two thirds of a century has passed since Humanity
went through the
bitter experience of Nazism. Fear was Hitler's inseparable
ally against his
adversaries. First, he was tolerated as a buffer and a
against communism. Then, he was made concessions. He
recovered the Ruhr, a
crucial zone for military build-up, and went on to annex
Austria to the
German Third Reich. Then, without a shot, he conquered a
large part of
Czechoslovakia. Later, his fearful military force enabled
him to strike a
non-aggression pact with the USSR on August 23, 1939, that
is, 9 days before
the outbreak of a war that would inflame the whole world.
The lack of vision
and the cowardice of the statesmen in the strongest European
powers of the
time opened the way to a great tragedy.
I don't think that a fascist regime can be established in
the United States.
Serious mistakes have been made and injustices committed in
the framework of
its political system--many of them still persist--but the
still have a number of institutions and traditions, as well
cultural and ethical values that would hardly allow that to
happen. The risk
exists in the international arena.
The power and prerogatives of that country's President are
so extensive, and
the economic, technological and military power network in
that nation is so
pervasive that due to circumstances that fully escape the
will of the
American people, the world is coming under the rule of Nazi
I do not intend to exaggerate or dramatize. But, the truth
is that there's a
growing tendency to question and override the very existence
and the role of
the United Nations.
Last September 20, 2001, when Mr. W. Bush proclaimed that
those who did not
support his war project against terrorism would themselves
terrorists and exposed to his attacks, he was overtly
disregarding the UN
prerogatives. At the same time, based on his military power
he was assuming
the role of world master and policeman. For those of us
familiar with the
Marxist literature, that day was the 18th Brumaire of Mr.
historians should take note of the political leaders'
reaction in most
countries. It was panic and fear that came over most of
Such conceptions and methods contradict the idea of a
democratic world order
based on principles and norms that ensure safety and peace
for all of the
Long before the terrorist attacks of September 11, Bush had
enormous budgets for the research and production of more
sophisticated weapons, although the cold war was over, the
old adversary no
longer existed and the weakened State that replaced it
lacked both the
economic resources and the will to face up to the
overwhelming force of the
Why was that colossal military build-up program conceived,
and for what
In a recent speech made on the occasion of the bicentennial
year of the West
Point Military Academy, an institution well-known for its
remarkable role in
the military history of the United States, Mr. W. Bush threw
harangue at the graduation ceremony of 958 cadets. However,
his remarks were
also addressed to the United States and the entire
Some of the ideas expressed there are a reflection of his
thinking, and that
of his closest advisors, long before the brutal attacks of
which now serve as an excellent pretext to justify what was
already then a
rather dangerous, inadmissible, unsustainable and peculiar
idea of the
world. He said for example:
"If we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have
waited too long."
"In the world we have entered, the only path to safety is
the path of
action. And this nation will act."
"Our security will require transforming the military you
will lead, a
military that must be ready to strike at a moment's notice
in any dark
corner of the world. And our security will require...to be
preemptive action when necessary to defend our liberty and
to defend our
"We must uncover terror cells in 60 or more
countries...Along with our
friends and allies, we must oppose proliferation and
confront regimes that
sponsor terror, as each case requires."
"We will send diplomats where they are needed, and we will
send you, our
soldiers, where you're needed."
"We will not leave the safety of America and the peace of
the planet at the
mercy of a few mad terrorists and tyrants. We will lift this
from our country and from the world."
"Some worry that it is somehow undiplomatic or impolite to
language of right and wrong. I disagree. We are in a
conflict between good
and evil, and America will call evil by its name. By
confronting evil and
lawless regimes, we do not create a problem, we reveal a
problem. And we
will lead the world in opposing it."
"Generations of West Point officers planned and practiced
for battles with
Soviet Russia. I've just returned from a new Russia, now a
toward democracy, and our partner in the war against terror."
As you can see, he doesn't mention once is his speech the
Organization. Nor is there a phrase about every people's
right to safety and
peace, or about the need for a world ruled by principles and
norms. He only
talks of alliances between powers, and of war and more war.
He speaks of war
on behalf of peace and liberty, words that coming from him
meaningless and empty as soap bubbles. His entire speech is
no more than a
sweetened exaltation of chauvinism, and of the superiority
of his country?s
culture, glory and power.
The miserable insects that live in 60 or more countries of
the world chosen
by him and his closest assistants--and in the case of Cuba
by his Miami
friends--are completely irrelevant. They are the "dark
corners of the world"
that may become the targets of their unannounced and
Not only is Cuba one of those countries, but it has also
been included among
those that sponsor terror. And, on top of it all, the
that Cuba produces bio-weapons; they simply overlook the
fact that the
entire world knows it is a colossal lie.
What is the difference between that philosophy and methods
and those of the
Nazis? Why is it that so many governments are trembling with
It is not a simple coincidence that the fascist right forces
ground in various European countries.
The American people will refuse to educate their children in
In the face of such cowardice, many peoples of the world
will look hopefully
to the American people as the only one capable of putting a
on, or stopping, the bigots in their lust for power, abuse
Many peoples in the world showed their unanimous solidarity
American people after the attacks of September 11; our noble
people did too, and certainly not out of hypocrisy or fear.
We would like for those West Point cadets to come to Cuba as
day, when Americans are again free to travel, but not as
Who has actually reaped the benefits of the terrorist
attacks of September
11? Those that President Eisenhower defined as the
complex; those whose authority had been called into question
electoral fraud; the Miami terrorist mob; those who want to
United Nations; those who advocate the predominance of
and who want to reshape the world as they wish.
I don't believe for a second that anyone--whatever his
have prevented the obnoxious crime of the Twin Towers
it to happen in a yearning for popularity and power or for
But, calling things by their name, as Mr. Bush said in West
Point he likes
to do, I'd say that I think the President of the United
States has made
serious mistakes in the way he has handled the situation
after the tragedy.
I shall mention only a few made both domestically and overseas:
He should have never implanted fear in the minds of the
He should have kept calmed.
He should not have adopted hasty decisions without even
possibly more promising options, which would have been
by all governments, by the most influential religions and by
political trends, from both the left and the right.
He should not have identified over half of the countries in
the Third World
as his enemies, much less as terrorists.
He should not have pursued a path that will have the effect
the number of bigots and suicidal persons in the world, thus
complicating the struggle against terrorism. The
Palestinians' is a case in
point: for every Palestinian that has been murdered, the
number of walk-in
suicide bombers has markedly increased, which has led to a
no way out in sight.
He should not have concealed the intelligence reports he
particularly that of August 6, which has given rise to all
sorts of doubts
and guesses. It is necessary to be valiant and transparent
with the people.
No one can believe that this is impossible for security
reasons. Those of us
who have lived and struggled for decades against thousands
plans and actions originated in the United States are
with the nature of such intelligence reports, whose sources
need to be
highly protected by those who draft and forward them.
He should not have met with, or accepted the presence at
that meeting in
Miami of, well known characters that have organized,
directed and carried
out thousands of terrorist attacks against Cuba and other
including several hundreds inside the territory of the
For many years and until September 11, the Cuban American
Foundation financed, organized and publicized countless
and plans to murder Cuban leaders. Today, that same
to fund the defense, protection and impunity of the worst
waiting for the Cuban Revolution to be destroyed by the
Everybody knows this, both in Miami and the White House. Mr.
relationship with these terrorists completely undermines his
and disqualifies him as a world leader to fight against
He should not have allowed the fabrication of that stupid
lie about Cuba
developing bio-weapons. As for the alleged theoretical
capacity to produce
them, needless to say that even when all governments could
lie that doesn't
mean they all do.
CUBA, JUNE 8, 2002.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba to the United