Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Cuba: President Bush has no moral authority
‘If a small country defends and upholds its right to independence, it is accused of being a rogue State; if a power launches an attack against a country, it is said that it “liberates” them. A fighter against foreign aggression is a terrorist; an attacking soldier is a “freedom fighter.” That is the media war, the swindle of truths, the tyranny of a one-track mind a globalized world...’
By Felipe Pèrez Roque
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cuba
Updated Oct 22, 2007, 07:22 am
World Leaders Address 62nd Session of The United Nations General Assembly
H.E. Mr. Felipe Pèrez Roque, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba
September 26, 2007
“Never before had the real dangers menacing the human species become so evident; never before had the violations of International Law become so evident, as they increasingly jeopardize international peace and security; never before had inequality and exclusion become so evident, as they impact on over two-thirds of the population on our planet...
“The aggression and illegal occupation of countries, military interventions against International Law and the purposes and principles enshrined in the UN Charter, the bombing of civilians and tortures continue to be daily practices. Under the false tirade of freedom and democracy, an attempt is made to write in stone the pillaging of the natural resources in the Third World and control areas of increasing geostrategic importance. That and no other is the imperial domination plan that the mightiest military superpower ever to exist is trying to impose though all means possible...
“If a small country defends and upholds its right to independence, it is accused of being a rogue State; if a power launches an attack against a country, it is said that it “liberates” them. A fighter against foreign aggression is a terrorist; an attacking soldier is a “freedom fighter.” That is the media war, the swindle of truths, the tyranny of a one-track mind a globalized world...
“There is no progress today towards fulfilling the Millennium Goals and the decision of the major United Nations conferences held over the last decade.
“Poverty does not decrease. Inequality among and within the countries is on the rise...
“Despite the fact that only US$150 billion is need to meet the Millennium Goals, we hear the hypocritical assertion that there is no source from which to obtain the necessary financial resources. That is a lie! There is money in abundance; what is lacking is the political will, ethics and the real commitment of those who have to make a choice...
“President Bush talked about democracy, but we all know that he lying. He came into office though fraud and deceit. We should have been spared his presence yesterday and would have listened to President Al Gore talking about climate change and the risks to our species. We also recall how he brazenly supported the coup d’etat against the President and the Constitution of Venezuela.
“He talked about peace, but we know that he lying. We remember very well when he threatened 60 or more countries, which he called “dark corners of the world,” saying that he would swipe them off the face of the earth with pre-emptive and surprise attacks. Bush is a strange warrior who, from the rearguard, sends the young people of his country to kill and to die thousands of kilometers away.
“He talked about human rights, but we know that he is lying. He is responsible for the death of 600,000 civilians in Iraq; he authorized tortures at Guantanamo Naval Base and at Abu Ghraib, and he is an accessory to the kidnapping and disappearance of people, as well as to the secret flights and the clandestine prisons.
“He talked about the fight against terrorism, but we know that he is lying. He has ensured complete impunity for the most hateful terrorist groups which, from Miami, have perpetrated heinous crimes against Cuban people...
“President Bush has no moral authority or credibility to judge anyone. He should be held accountable to the world for his crimes.
“There are boundaries to both arrogance and hypocrisy. There are boundaries to lies and blackmail. Cuba rejects and condemns each of the devious words uttered yesterday by the President of the United States.
“Cuba appreciates the solidarity received from this General Assembly in its struggle against the blockade and the aggressions that it has been forced to endure for nearly five decades.
“Cuba thanks all those who have supported its tenacious fight against terrorism and have raised their voice in favor of the release of five Cuban anti-terrorism fighters unjustly imprisoned in the United States.
“Cuba will fight, along with all the members of the Non-Aligned Movement, in order to achieve a more a just and democratic international order, in which our peoples can exercise their right to peace and development.
“We may be accused of being dreamers, but we are fighting with the conviction that today’s dreams will be tomorrow’s realities.
“We are fighting with the conviction that even when there are men without decorum, there are always others who have in themselves the decorum of many men and carry in them a whole nation, as well as human dignity.”