CUBA, Shall Defend the Truth with our Ethics and our Principles

 We Shall Defend the Truth with our Ethics and our Principles

The [U.S.] empire and its allies have launched a new crusade in an attempt to demonize Cuba. Their powerful political and media machinery has set in motion a colossal operation of deception with the object of discrediting the revolutionary process, destabilizing the country and generating the conditions for the destruction of our social system.

In this heated campaign, they use their mercenaries at will. Seeking to obtain shameful political dividends, they send them to their deaths without the slightest concern for those human beings; just as they have never cared about the death of more than 3,000 Cubans as a result of acts of terrorism organized and financed from the United States, or the fate of the 2,000-plus compatriots mutilated in those abominable acts, or citizens who have perished in the Florida Straits after venturing on ill-fated adventures heeding the siren song of the murderous Cuban Adjustment Act.

They cynically invoke human rights that they themselves have disregarded and continue to disregard with impunity today in many parts of the world. They hypocritically accuse the Revolution of being responsible for the death of one person, a common prisoner who, thanks to the anti-Cuba campaigns and the abundant resources and means dedicated to that end, they dressed up as a political prisoner, to be sacrificed as launching pad for the denigration of the country that has made the greatest effort in the world to save lives by sending tens of thousands of its selfless health workers to cooperate in more than 100 countries. The Revolution that did not hesitate for one second to offer its doctors to come to the aid of U.S. citizens in New Orleans and other southern cities in the devastating wake of Hurricane Katrina; the Revolution that has provided higher education to young people unable to graduate in their own nations, a number of them from the United States itself; the Revolution that has placed at international disposal an innovative literacy method that has made it possible for millions of people in various countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Oceania to have access to the sacred human right of education and knowledge.

The Cuban Revolution has consistently acted on the basis of ethical, political and moral principles, following the teachings of Fidel. Respect for human beings is the essence of our system and has been one of the keys to the popular support the process has enjoyed since the heroic days of the Sierra Maestra, when the lives of enemy prisoners were always respected.

Despite the empire’s unvarying policy of hostility and constant aggression, ranging from armed invasion, terrorist acts of sabotage and attempts on the lives of Fidel and our leaders, to the promotion of subversion and a genocidal economic, commercial and financial blockade that has been in place for 50 years, the Revolution has never murdered, tortured or made disappear even one of its enemies.

Can the governments of the United States and the European countries that are shouting their heads off criticizing Cuba and condemning it, as if they were vestal virgins, say the same thing about themselves? What can they say about the million people dead in Iraq and the tens of thousands of victims in Afghanistan as a consequence of the illegal wars waged there? How can they explain the secret prisons and the torture of alleged terrorists? What is the legal basis for the selective assassinations that the United States has perpetrated against its enemies in various parts of the world with Special Forces headed during this period by the very same general who is now commanding the troops in Afghanistan? How can they justify the death in the last five years of more than one hundred immigrants who were in the custody of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?

What human right sustains the brutal beating of representatives of social movements protesting during the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, or Californian students demanding a larger budget for and less expensive education? Who is supervising the humiliating treatment meted out to immigrants in hundreds of detention centers scattered throughout Europe? Have the U.S. Congress or the European Parliament and the right-wing parties of Europe, so concerned today about Cuba, responded with alarm to, denounced and condemned these scandalous violations of human rights?

What is really upsetting them is the moral fortitude of the Revolution, its fidelity to principles, its growing prestige in our region, where it has become an important player in promoting the integration process; its intelligent and serene response in confronting the harsh consequences of the international economic crisis and the blockade; and its clarity in terms of having to change what has to be changed in pursuit of attaining full justice for our people, as we have been asked by Fidel and Raúl.

Those are the reasons that have led the empire and its European allies to be drawing up plans, coordinating the work of their special services, sending their diplomats onto the streets to monitor the work of their paid agents on the island, and increasing funds for subversion in Cuba. USAID alone has a budget of $20 million this year to supply counterrevolutionary grouplets and finance the media attack on Cuba.

They are currently focusing their cynical campaign on another hunger striker – whose common crimes and counterrevolutionary acts were exposed in Granma on March 8 – and who is being provided all the qualified medical treatment he requires.

They are internationalizing his show while maintaining a cynical silence concerning his cruelty and criminal record, his attacks and the death threats to a doctor, the director of the hospital where he worked, and his attack on a defenseless elderly man who had to undergo emergency surgery as a result of the injuries he received.

They are likewise kicking up a fuss around the self-proclaimed Damas de Blanco (Women in White), who are lending themselves to the enemy’s game while supporting themselves with dollars stained with Cuban blood, supplied, among others, by terrorist Santiago Alvarez Fernández Magriá, who planned to blow up the Tropicana Cabaret and is the Miami benefactor of Luis Posada Carriles. So it is not surprising that the mastermind behind the sabotage of a Cubana de Aviación passenger plane and other execrable acts should have come out a few days ago in Miami to show his support for these “damas,” whose only sanction to date has been the overwhelming and energetic repudiation of our people in the streets.

Receiving money from a terrorist organization is a felony that is severely punishable in the United States. So is acting in the service of a foreign power. The crimes of the so-called “dissidents” have nothing to do with freedom of expression, but are related to paid collaboration with the enemy superpower in its conspiracies against our nation. It has been demonstrated that all of them have been direct or indirect recipients of funds from the U.S. government and more than a few European foundations collaborating with the policy of war on Cuba.

What would happen to these “dissidents” if they were to act in the country of their masters in the same way as they are doing in Cuba? The U.S. Penal Code sets out a sentence of 20 years for those who advocate the overthrow of the government or the established order; 10 years for people who make false statements with the aim of threatening national interests in relation to another nation, and three years for those who maintain “correspondence or relations with a foreign government” with the intention of influencing its conduct in relation to a conflict or controversy with the United States.”

The enemy is using all its weapons of pressure. It is using political coercion and ordering the media annihilation of those wishing to show their solidarity with Cuba. It is attempting to silence any voice that disagrees with its dictates. It has even forgotten the much-trumpeted “freedom of expression” by obliging Google to close the blog of a Cuban intellectual who has exposed with irrefutable arguments the real political purposes behind the campaign against our homeland.

Nothing surprises us. These are the same perverse methods that were put into practice 50 years ago when President Eisenhower approved a Covert Action Plan against Cuba.

As comrade Raúl stated recently during the closing session of the 9th UJC Congress:

“More than half a century of permanent combat has taught our people that hesitation is synonymous with defeat.  

We will never yield to blackmail from any country or group of countries, no matter how powerful they might be, and regardless of the consequences. We have the right to defend ourselves. Let them known that if they try to corner us, we will defend ourselves, first of all with truth and principles… Our history is rich in such examples!”

We will make battle with our ideas, in our streets and in all international scenarios.

This May Day, they shall receive an overwhelming and unequivocal response of support for the Revolution from our nation and its workers!

We shall defend the truth with our ethics and our principles!

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