[News] Fidel - The assassination of Osama bin Laden

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Reflections by Comrade Fidel


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 country’s 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 Batista’s 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 
Laden’s 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 child’s 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

8:34 p.m.

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