Open Letter on Cuba written to John D. Rockefeller


By: Pablo González Casanova

“Read by the author in the Forum “The Cuban 5 imprisoned in the United
States: a blatant outrage of law and justice”, delivered in the Casa
Lamm, Mexico on June 16, 2014.

We have carefully read the request to President Obama. We are
surprised by the sudden change of policy toward this small island and
its great people. For more than fifty years you have made open and
covert measures that will fail in your Project of Independence and
Freedom. Today you see the possibility of achieving, with different
policies the same objectives of before and intent of applying them
with the same emotion you employ in “defense of your values and
The measures you expound reveal, however, many errors and self-deceit
by believing (and some believe) that you are going to boost “economic
independence of Cuba” with “individual rights” and “human rights” when
in reality it is about a country that you have not been able to
conquer in spite of terrible pressures and open and covert actions
against it and the unspeakable blockade for more than half a century
that you have imposed.

Don’t you have eyes and can’t you see? Do you have ears and don’t
hear. Everyone knows that in Cuba all children and young people of
school age have schools, universities and institutes. All medically
ill have medicines and hospitals. All workers have jobs and the
elderly receive assistance…It is true that I use here the word “all”
as defined by García Márquez as 80% or more of the population, or much
more with limitations that Cubans assume the practice that you have
not achieved with good intentions.

But, in the midst of pressures and blockade, much has been achieved
and high level scientific research institutions, of world class, as
well as hospital services as good and so many friends of the U.S.
people who cured the firefighters wounded on “September 11” that your
hospitals did not attend and who Michael Moore took them to public
hospitals in Cuba.

What’s, more. Do you know that in this country of Our America that
inhabitants receive free benefits that reach higher proportions than
in the United States, Canada, England and the European Union? Our
achievements were made with modest resources but stubbornly seeking to
reach as many as possible and much can be done.

Your offers of “humanitarian aid”, “national security”, “prohibition
of drugs and environment” you well know of the inhuman failures where
you have tried to apply them in whole countries such as Afghanistan,
Iraq, Haiti, Southern Sudan, Nigeria, Libya and others. Or whole
continents such as Africa, the Middle East, Latin America whose
populations – a large majority or all – are immersed in the so called
“war of complete spectrum” that your strategists design that increases
hatred, confrontations and despair of huge population who have no
human rights, live and die in conditions worse than animals, hunger
and disease, famine and even bones showing through and the surprise of
seeing them with sunken eyes, the look of lost children, without
brightness, that skin wrinkled stuck to the bones. It hurts to see
them in the television and imagine how they live from day to day,
minute to minute, how they grow in the midst of hunger and terror,
without water or roofs over their heads, with no chance of work that
is not servile or slave, exhausting, risky or unhealthy among offenses
of the white foremen, military or paramilitary that with other
bandits, murderers and fanatic sadists very well armed and supplied
for the glory of the arms industry, with the fright of children,
adults and elderly, victims and candidates of the policy of growing
ethnic cleansing and genocide constantly supported by the “neo
conservatives” and by the “extreme rightwing” impassioned by
xenophobia, visual repugnance and racism of the global world that you

In the midst of so inhuman events, confirmed by the “media” and even
the intimate looks of your own children – with some who are prepared
as successors with the same ferocity and others who protest and rebel
with admirable strength – you add the error of believing that in this
invincible Cuba after fifty years of blockade you can separate and
even confront “civil society” against” its government. Are you unable
to imagine governments that are not corporations or of bureaucrats.

But in Cuba, people and government are fused to soldiers so closely –
to such a high proportion that there are no groups of adventurous
“contras” that have been able to achieve success for such a long time
with your terrorist and subversive actions.

The “people’s government” of Cuba is a democratic phenomenon that if
you understood it would cause you horror since, in fact – as written
by David Brooks – democracy is what you fear most while enclosed in
the true sense of the Greek etymology that corresponds to the
definition that in practice a people who make great decisions and
observe the achievement of its goals organizes like a
people-government with the most varied collectives and most varied
structures; some coordinated and others hierarchical, all to achieve
in each task the objectives.

The organization and democratic practices in Cuba are very different
to the governments of corporation since large and small structures
value the dominant interests bonded to Independence and Freedom. All,
of course, in the midst of contradictions, errors and weakness
–smaller or larger – that the enemies of the Cuban process seek to
increase expressing concern for the flaws that they or their sponsors
stir up.

Think well and you will clearly understand that your large triumphs in
the world have not occurred in Cuba. Look sharply into your political
conscience that the Cubans have managed to survive in their
emancipating project precisely through the kind of democracy that the
inhabitants of Cuba have redefined, both in the creation and practice
of its organizations. Creation and practice covers an immense
population with thousands of cadres whose conscience, will and bravery
include discipline of their convictions; they do not surrender or sell

Also such a small effort in the great homeland does not slacken and
confronts – as we have said – these contradictions that interest you
so much and, also, the recently recognized precision and admirable
clarity of Mr. Warren Buffet, the third wealthiest millionaire of the
United States of North America when he said “Undoubtedly there is a
class war and it is in my class – the wealthy – the one that is

The fight continues and you – as signatories of the open letter to
President Obama on Cuba. I repeat: the Class struggle continues and I
confess that they are doing it very well, as possible, for now they
want to change the war in the good way since they did not win in the
bad way. In their proposal to President Obama they ask him to change
the policy of blockade, of sanctions, prohibitions of the United
States applied against Cuba for fifty years. They affirm that “The
United States can help the Cuban people to determine their own future…
they can empower the people; they can “strengthen the side spectrum of
an independent civil society” and the organizations created to boost
individual economy and the social necessities regardless of political

In their open letter to President Obama the shameless propose a
“radical change” in view of the policy followed by the United States
in its relations with Cuba that has left the United States
increasingly alone internationally. “It is the opportunity for a
change – they say – of helping the Cuban people, the civil society of
Cuba, the opportunity to increase trade with “independent companies”
but “of helping and legalizing the use of credit cards:, of promoting
“imports and exports of articles and services”, and NGOs to support
small farmers”, and also support, of course, the small companies and
even micro companies…”

Several times – I don’t know how many – you insist on the need to
promote several projects of telecommunications and refer to several
forms of cooperation of the NGOs with Cuban academic institutions
through funds for education, scholarships for outstanding students and
travel funds. In this instant the necessary authorization is required
for those who travel to Cuba or who have families in Cuba that can use
the credit cards and other U.S. banking services as well as open
accounts in U.S. banks or send remittances to their families or offer
professional services to “independent business persons”…

Of course, at the same time, they insist that you in the United States
government be committed with the people of Cuba and, simultaneously
fulfill the duty of continue applying pressure on the Cuban government
regarding human rights. The government should give priority – they add
to President Obama – to promote compromises in areas of “mutual
interest and hold serious talks with their Cuban counterparts in
issues of mutual security and humanitarian responsibilities”. Here
they mention the liberation of a prisoner.

For any well informed reader, such as Mr. Warren Buffet, the whole
message to which we refer seeks to continue winning the class struggle
in Cuba. Their undeniable sagacity consists of granting privileges for
individual interests, of groups, ideology confronting the interests of
the national community in a country where people-government of the
large majority are building a transition for a viable world since the
one we live in is in the process of destruction by that 1% to which
you belong, a process that the young people of the United States and
the whole world are going to suffer and confront, threats such as this
in their immediate future by a sick and hegemonic project of
accumulation of power and wealth at the cost of the misery of the
immense majority of humanity and the growing danger for the life of
all humanity, and the situation of danger confirmed by the very “think
tanks” of Harvard, MIT, Institute of Santa Fe and many scientific
organizations of the world that include the United Nations, the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and much more rigorously and
with scientific responsibility, in addition to the climate change, the
growth of the ozone hole – that just seems to be contained – and many
more dangers that include pollution of the seas and of drinking water;
the destruction of the land and sub soils; of the forests, vegetables
and sea and land fauna and even the whole biosphere.
As the experts tell us there is danger of many irreversible damages
and insist that these are increasing and as time passes it become more
difficult to contain them. Important scientific journals in the United
States and the World warn that these concerns are not merely alleged
apocalyptic beliefs nor alleged errors or opinions of some specialists
nor mere manipulation of tricky scientific data that are being
accused, without the least basis, by a group of British scientists for
having mentioned the “anthropogenic” character of the climate change
that threatens the planet. Such rash accusations were denied by the
large scientific journals of your own country and of the world. The
danger and other threats against the Earth are anthropogenic. For the
first time in the history of the solar system man is capable of
destroying the earth. Man only thinks of improving the quality and
number of nuclear bombs and launch systems with their lethal capacity,
precision and reach that add irresponsibility in the game played by
the large powers that threaten war.

Well…it is possible that you may win the class strugglers that this
could be a pyrrhic victory if we destroy the movements that are
battling to construct life such as the government-people of Cuba and
many others that from farming communities and lost cities are building
a transition for another possible and self-sustaining world.

With my best wishes I tell you. Stop the Freudian disqualifications
and denials. Encourage the men who have confirmed the truth, Pay
attention to the truth and think on your own that the democracy of
corporations and groups is already unsustainable, that the
organization of the world by business – military – political – media
complexes whose most powerful boost is the “maximization of goods and
wealth” moving into the terminal “transition phase”, “entropic” that
is necessary to boost the transition of a system whose principal
impulse is freedom and life.

On this road you will see that the people-government of Cuba is a
pioneer; and the cyberspace from Wall Street to Washington D.C. fight
for your own children. All, absolutely all, seek peaceful roads and
continue, under new forms, the old battle of rebels for peace and for
life to move through a viable, really human world…

To know and recognized them is to respect them and begin to honor your
planet, something we also demand of Mrs. Hillary Clinton who has begun
to organize her campaign for the presidency of the government of the
United States and perhaps honor her word for a government she aspires
as well as that of her husband, demanding the immediate release of the
three young men still imprisoned in U.S. jails – Gerardo Hernández,
Ramón Labañino y Antonio Guerrero – who according to former president
Clinton were part of a group to reveal the terrorist plans of Cuban
Americans terrorists based in Miami.

The class struggle continues, the struggle for independence and
autonomy of the peoples continues as well as the struggle to redefine
actions of freedom, justice and democracy. None will stop. Only
today’s world of human beings must begin to recover the use of the
word for the transition for peace and life.

Bring to life the word that honors with actions… Make – to start
something that seems to be small and will be great. Ask President
Obama to free the three Cuban heroes imprisoned. Begin a new history
of the word with actions such as these that force changes in the world
where there is only a class struggle but also a struggle for life, the
life of 99% and also 1% of humanity and our descendant’s.

Think again that at the beginning of the world this word will be there.

Glory to life and liberty.

Glory to the people of the United States and Cuba.

Long Live Humanity and transition for a more viable, possible and
necessary world.

Thank you for your attention.


Pablo González Casanova
Universtiy profesor

Translation by the Network in Defense of Humanity



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