[News] Fidel - The assassination of Osama bin Laden
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Thu May 5 12:31:28 EDT 2011
Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE ASSASSINATION OF OSAMA BIN LADEN
Those persons who deal with these issues know
that on September 11 of 2001 our people expressed
its solidarity to the US people and offered the
modest cooperation that in the area of health we
could have offered to the victims of the brutal
attack against the Twin Towers in New York.
We also immediately opened our countrys airports
to the American airplanes that were unable to
land anywhere, given the chaos that came about soon after the strike.
The traditional stand adopted by the Cuban
Revolution, which was always opposed to any
action that could jeopardize the life of civilians, is well known.
Although we resolutely supported the armed
struggle against Batistas tyranny, we were, on
principle, opposed to any terrorist action that
could cause the death of innocent people. Such
behavior, which has been maintained for more than
half a century, gives us the right to express our
views about such a sensitive matter.
On that day, at a public gathering that took
place at Ciudad Deportiva, I expressed my
conviction that international terrorism could
never be eradicated through violence and war.
By the way, Bin Laden was, for many years, a
friend of the US, a country that gave him
military training; he was also an adversary of
the USSR and Socialism. But, whatever the
actions attributed to him, the assassination of
an unarmed human being while surrounded by his
own relatives is something abhorrent. Apparently
this is what the government of the most powerful
nation that has ever existed did.
In the carefully drafted speech announcing Bin
Ladens death Obama asserts as follows:
And yet 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.
That paragraph expressed a dramatic truth, but
can not prevent honest persons from remembering
the unjust wars unleashed by the United States in
Iraq and Afghanistan, the hundreds of thousands
of children who were forced to grow up without
their mothers and fathers and the parents who
would never know the feeling of their childs embrace.
Millions of citizens were taken from their
villages in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Laos,
Cambodia, Cuba and many other countries of the world.
Still engraved in the minds of hundreds of
millions of persons are also the horrible images
of human beings who, in Guantánamo, a Cuban
occupied territory, walk down in silence, being
submitted for months, and even for years, to
unbearable and excruciating tortures. Those are
persons who were kidnapped and transferred to
secret prisons with the hypocritical connivance
of supposedly civilized societies.
Obama has no way to conceal that Osama was
executed in front of his children and wives, who
are now under the custody of the authorities of
Pakistan, a Muslim country of almost 200 million
inhabitants, whose laws have been violated, its
national dignity offended and its religious traditions desecrated.
How could he now prevent the women and children
of the person who was executed out of the law and
without any trial from explaining what happened?
How could he prevent those images from being broadcast to the world?
On January 28 of 2002 the CBS journalist Dan
Rather reported through that TV network that on
September 10 of 2001, one day before the attacks
against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
Osama Bin Laden underwent a hemodialysis at a
military hospital in Pakistan. He was physically
unfit to hide and take shelter inside deep caves.
Having assassinated him and plunging his corpse
into the bottom of the sea are an expression of
fear and insecurity which turn him into a far more dangerous person.
The US public opinion itself, after the initial
euphoria, will end up by criticizing the methods
that, far from protecting its citizen, will
multiply the feelings of hatred and revenge against them.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 4, 2011
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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