Government of Cuba Statement
September 19, 2001
Under the effect of the shock caused to the world by the appalling and brutal
terrorist action that targeted the American people on September 11, underlined
by painful reports and images of grief and sorrow, certain minds driven by feelings
of hatred and arrogance have taken to the sinister task of reviving old methods
and doctrines which lie at the very source of terrorism and the extremely grave
tensions affecting the world today.
At a time when the only advisable thing to do is to calmly and courageously
seek for a definitive solution to terrorism and other tragedies, by universal
consensus, a rude language full of rage and a spirit of vengeance, that had
not been heard since the days prior to World War II, is being used by influential
political leaders in the United States.
Any honest person would have the right to ask if it is really justice what they
want or rather to use the hurting and outrageous tragedy to impose methods,
prerogatives and privileges leading to the establishment of an unrestricted
tyranny over every people on Earth by the most powerful state in the world.
Some senior officials have openly claimed that all restrictions should be lifted
on the right of American institutions and officials to murder any person, even
if that requires the use of the most despicable criminals. Such a prerogative
had been used in the past by U.S. leaders to eliminate patriots like Patricio
Lumumba in 1961, and to arrange coup détat and carnage which have
taken the lives of hundreds of thousands and millions who have been tortured,
vanished or removed by diverse means.
Cuba has denounced hundreds of plans of assassinate its leaders and has tirelessly
demanded punishment for those responsible and for the authors of countless acts
of terrorism which have claimed a high number of human lives from our people.
The very U.S. Senate investigated and exposed several actions carried out against
Cuba using various means that did not leave out any form of murder no matter
how uncouth and revolting. A peculiar kind of science was developed to that
The world has not given its unanimous support or expressed its most sincere
condolences to the noble American people to let such sentiments be used to elaborate
doctrines that would spread chaos and bloody events throughout the planet. The
fact that a State proclaims an alleged right to kill wantonly anywhere in the
world in contempt of legal procedures, courts of law or even the presentation
of evidence is as serious as terrorism itself, and one its most despicable manifestations.
Such policy would constitute a barbarian and uncivilized action that would tear
to pieces every rule and legal bases on which peace and coexistence between
nations might be built.
Amidst the panic and confusion created by this whole situation and despite the
extreme gravity of introducing such procedures in international affairs, the
political leaders of various states have failed to speak out with few
exceptions-- against the emergence of a fascist and terrorist trend implicit
in such statements.
One of the first consequences of this has been the acts of xenophobia and terror
perpetrated against people of a different nationality or religion. Although
terrorism is absolutely repugnant and immoral, the American people would never
favor the brutal method of murdering other people in cool blood, breaking the
law, punishing without evidence or denying fundamental principles of equity
and justice with the pretext of fighting it. Such methods would take the planet
back to law of the jungle, tarnish the United States reputation and destroy
its prestige while further inciting the hatred that is today at the root of
so much grief and sadness. The American people want justice, not revenge!
Cuba said from the very first moment that in todays world no problem can
be solved with the use of force and that, in order to fight terrorism, it was
necessary to build an awareness and a universal union capable of definitely
eradicating this and other scourges and tragedies that put in jeopardy the very
survival of the specie.
Although the war drums beat unexpectedly loud and they seem to irrevocably lead
towards a bloody end, everything is not lost, yet.
In Afghanistan the ulemas --religious leaders of a traditionally combative and
brave people-- are meeting to adopt fundamental decisions. They have already
said that they will not oppose the application of justice and the relevant procedures
if those accused, living in their country, are really guilty. They have simply
asked for evidence, and for guarantees of impartiality and equity in the process,
something that the United Nations could perfectly ensure, with full support
from the international community.
If such evidence exists, as the leaders of the U.S. government have categorically
affirmed, and the religious leaders are not asked to override the deepest convictions
of their faith, which they are known to defend with their own lives, then an
alternative to war could be worked out. They would not sacrify their people
uselessly if their ethically unquestionable request was taken into account.
In fact, a bloodshed could be avoided and this could become the first great
step towards a world without terrorism or unpunished crimes: a true world association
for peace and justice could emerge and the American people would earn enormous
prestige and respect.
Cuba would resolutely support such a solution. But, there is not a minute to
spare; there is little time left. To fail to make such a basic, simple and viable
effort would make it an unjust war.