Friday, March 19, 2010

About Human Rights

It is very sad to see what is happening to the Cuban people. They have been condemned to live only 90 miles from the greatest military and economic power that has ever existed in our planet.

This cup of bitter wine will also pass from the Cuban people. Goodness always triumphs against evil.

Thousands of years ago, Sparta was a great military power. Where is Sparta today? Where are the military empires of Great Britain, Spain, France and Portugal? Their empires are no more!

Neither the United States nor the European Union has the moral authority or the credentials to condemn Cuba for human rights violations.

What country in the world has a perfect government which does not commit indignities and atrocities against its own people? Name me one!

What happened at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890, at My Lai on March 16, 1968, and at Kent State University on May 4, 1970?

Where was the United States government when Fulgencio Batista Zaldivar was murdering and torturing, on a daily basis, those citizens of Cuba who dared to criticize him? Where was the United States government when Anastasio Somoza Debayle was butchering his own citizens in Nicaragua? Where was the United States government when Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina was conducting genocide against his own people in the Dominican Republic. The United States government was always there defending and supporting those three bloody despots. The United States government militarily occupied those three countries during the first fifty years of the twentieth century, and it was not done to defend the human rights of the citizens of those three nations.

The only territory in Cuba where people are tortured and consistent violations of human rights occur on a daily basis is at the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo, which is occupied against the wishes of the Cuban people.

Last but not least, let us remember that slavery was enshrined in the United States constitution. Wasn't slavery the most flagrant violation of human rights? What country gave to the world the Ku Klux Klan, which even today continues to preach violence against blacks, jews, catholics and immigrants.

Cuba has a right to defend its national sovereignty and independence against the dark designs of the empire to its north.

Does my criticism of the United States imply that there are no good things in the land of Yankee Doodle Dandy? Of course not. There are many great things in this country, and the biggest of them all is their people. They are kind and friendly. It is too bad and very sad that they have a government that is totally blind to the true meaning of human rights.

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