Questioning "The Empire's Hypocritical Politics": Castro on Obama

Consuming all news this week is Senator Obama's Democratic nomination. His foot soldiers are in place, and chants of "Yes We Can" filter through the rhetoric-weary air.
But let's turn to some reflections of Fidel Castro, who penned his thoughts after hearing Obama speak in Miami.
Castro described Obama's stance as follows: "Presidential candidate Obama’s speech may be formulated as follows: hunger for the nation, remittances as charitable hand-outs and visits to Cuba as propaganda for consumerism and the unsustainable way of life behind it."
Castro posed 10 questions, graciously expecting no answers:
  1. Is it right for the president of the United States to order the assassination of any one person in the world, whatever the pretext may be?
  2. Is it ethical for the president of the United States to order the torture of other human beings?
  3. Should state terrorism be used by a country as powerful as the United States as an instrument to bring about peace on the planet?
  4. Is an Adjustment Act, applied as punishment on only one country, Cuba, in order to destabilize it, good and honorable, even when it costs innocent children and mothers their lives? If it is good, why is this right not automatically granted to Haitians, Dominicans, and other peoples of the Caribbean, and why isn’t the same Act applied to Mexicans and people from Central and South America, who die like flies against the Mexican border wall or in the waters of the Atlantic and the Pacific?
  5. Can the United States do without immigrants, who grow vegetables, fruits, almonds and other delicacies for U.S. citizens? Who would sweep their streets, work as servants in their homes or do the worst and lowest-paid jobs?
  6. Are crackdowns on illegal residents fair, even as they affect children born in the United States?
  7. Are the brain-drain and the continuous theft of the best scientific and intellectual minds in poor countries moral and justifiable?
  8. You state, as I pointed out at the beginning of this reflection, that your country had long ago warned European powers that it would not tolerate any intervention in the hemisphere, reiterating that this right be respected while demanding the right to intervene anywhere in the world with the aid of hundreds of military bases and naval, aerial and spatial forces distributed across the planet. I ask: is that the way in which the United States expresses its respect for freedom, democracy and human rights?
  9. Is it fair to stage pre-emptive attacks on sixty or more dark corners of the world, as Bush calls them, whatever the pretext may be?
  10. Is it honorable and sound to invest millions and millions of dollars in the military industrial complex, to produce weapons that can destroy life on earth several times over

If only these questions would be answered.
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:44 PM

    It's kind of crazy that Fidel is still spouting - even from the depths of old age and illness. Sadly, he seems to be a bit irrelevant - perhaps even forgotten.


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