Havana: Many people feel sickened on hearing the name of
On Friday, November 19, 2010 in Lisbon,
Portugal, the 28 members of that bellicose institution engendered by the
United States, decided to create what they cynically describe as "the new
The institution emerged after World War II as an instrument
of the Cold War unleashed by imperialism on the Soviet Union, the country
which paid for the victory over Nazism with tens of millions of lives and
The United States mobilized against the USSR,
together with a healthy part of the European population, the extreme right
and the Nazi-fascist scum of Europe, full of hatred and prepared to
squeeze every advantage out of the errors committed by the very leaders of
the USSR after the death of Lenin.
The Soviet people, with great
sacrifice, were able to maintain nuclear parity and support the national
liberation struggles of many peoples against the efforts of European
states to maintain the colonial system imposed by force throughout the
centuries; states that were postwar allies of the yankee empire, which
assumed command of the counterrevolution worldwide.
In just 10 days
– less than two weeks – world opinion has received three great and
unforgettable lessons: the G20, APEC and NATO meetings in Seoul, Yokohama
and Lisbon, in such a way that all upstanding people who can read and
write, and whose minds have not been mutilated by the conditioned reflexes
of imperialism’s media apparatus, can have a real idea of the problems
currently affecting humanity.
In Lisbon, not one word was uttered
that could convey hope to the billions of people enduring poverty,
underdevelopment, insufficient food, housing, health, education and
On the contrary, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the vain
character who figures as secretary general of the NATO military mafia,
declared in the tone of a little Nazi fuehrer, that the "new strategic
concept" was in order "to act in any part of the world."
It was not
for nothing that the government of Turkey was at the point of vetoing his
appointment when, in April 2009, Fogh Rasmussen – a neoliberal Dane – in
his position as prime minister of Denmark, and using the pretext of
freedom of the press, defended the authors of serious offenses to the
Prophet Mahoma, a figure respected by all Muslim believers.
than a few people in the world can recall the close relations of
cooperation between the Danish government and the Nazi "invaders" during
World War II.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a bird
of prey hatched in the skirts of yankee imperialism, and moreover equipped
with tactical nuclear weapons many times more destructive than the atom
bomb that erased the city of Hiroshima, has been committed by the United
States to the genocidal Afghanistan war, even more complex than the Kosovo
adventure and the war on Serbia, where its forces massacred the city of
Belgrade and were at the point of suffering a disaster if the government
of that country had remained firm, instead of trusting in the institutions
of European justice in the Hague.
In one of its points, the
inglorious Lisbon Declaration affirms in a vague and abstract
"In the strategically important Western Balkans region,
democratic values, regional cooperation and good neighborly relations are
important for lasting peace and stability."
"KFOR is moving towards
a smaller, more flexible, deterrent presence.."
will Russia be able to forget it so easily: the real fact is that when
Yeltsin dismembered the USSR, the United States advanced NATO’s borders
and its nuclear attack bases to the heart of Russia from Europe and
Those new military installations also threatened the People’s
Republic of China and other Asian countries.
When that took place
in 1991, hundreds of SS-19s, SS-20s and other powerful Soviet weapons
could reach U.S. and NATO bases in Europe in a matter of seconds. No NATO
secretary general would have dared to talk with the arrogance of
The first agreement on limiting nuclear weapons was
signed as early as May 26, 1972, between President Richard Nixon of the
United States and Leonid Brezhnev, general secretary of the Communist
Party of the Soviet Union, with the aim of limiting the number of
anti-ballistic missiles (the ABM Treaty) and to defend certain points
against nuclear missiles.
In Vienna in 1979, Brezhnev and Carter
signed new agreements known as SALT II, but the U.S. Senate refused to
ratify those agreements.
The new rearmament promoted by Reagan with
the Strategic Defense Initiative put en end to the SALT
The Siberian gas pipeline had already been blown up by
Instead, a new agreement was signed in 1991 between Bush
Sr. and Gorbachev, five months before the collapse of the USSR. When that
event took place, the socialist bloc no longer existed. The countries that
the Red Army had liberated from Nazi occupation were not even capable of
maintaining their independence. Right-wing governments that came to power
moved into NATO with their arms and equipment and fell into the hands of
the United States. The German Democratic Republic, which had made a great
effort under the leadership of Erich Honecker, could not overcome the
ideological and consumerist offensive launched from the capital itself,
occupied by Western troops.
As the virtual master of the world, the
United States increased its adventurist and warmongering
Due to a well manipulated process, the USSR disintegrated.
The coup de grace was dealt it by Boris Yeltsin on December 8, 1991 when,
as president of the Russian Federation, he declared that the Soviet Union
had ceased to exist.. On the 25th of that month, the red hammer and sickle
flag flying over the Kremlin was lowered.
A third agreement on
strategic weapons was subsequently signed between George W. Bush and Boris
Yeltsin on January 3, 1993, prohibiting the use of Intercontinental
Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) with multiple warheads. It was ratified by the
U.S. Senate on January 26, 1993, by a margin of 87 votes to
Russia inherited the science and technology of the USSR – which
in spite of the war and enormous sacrifice was capable of creating a
military power on a level with that of the immense and rich yankee empire
– the victory over fascism, the traditions, the culture and the glories of
the Russian people.
The war on Serbia, a Slavic nation, sunk its
teeth hard into the security of the Russian people, something that no
government could afford itself the luxury of ignoring.
Duma – angered by the first Iraq war and that of Kosovo in which NATO
massacred the Serb people – refused to ratify START II and did not sign
that agreement until the year 2000 and, in that case, in an attempt to
save the ABM treaty which, by that date, the yankees weren’t interested in
The United States is trying to use its enormous media
resources to maintain, deceive and confuse world public
The government of that country is going through a
difficult stage as a consequence of its military adventures. All the NATO
countries without exception are committed to the Afghanistan war, as are
various others in the world, whose peoples find odious and repugnant the
butchery in which rich and industrialized countries such as Japan and
Australia, and other Third World nations are involved in to a greater or
What is the essence of the agreement approved in
April of this year by the United States and Russia? Both parties have
committed themselves to reducing the number of the strategic nuclear
missiles to 1,550. Not one word is being said about the nuclear missiles
of France, the United Kingdom and Israel, all of them capable of striking
Russia. Not one word has been said either about tactical nuclear weapons,
some of them with far more power than that which erased the city of
Hiroshima. There is no mention of the destructive and lethal capacity of
numerous conventional weapons, the radio-electric and other weapons
systems into which the United States is channeling its growing military
budget, superior to that of all the other nations of the world put
together. Both governments know, as many others meeting there do, that a
third world war would be the last.
What kind of illusions can the
NATO members create? What is the peace for humanity derived from that
meeting? What benefit can possibly be expected for the peoples of the
Third World, and even for the international economy?
even offer the hope that the world economic crisis can be overcome, or how
much longer any improvement would last. The total public debt of the
United States, not only that of central government, but the rest of the
country’s public and private institutions, has already risen to a figure
that is equal to the world GDP of 2009, which amounted to $58 trillion.
Did those meeting in Lisbon maybe think to ask themselves where those
fabulous resources came from? Simply, from the economy of all the other
nations in the world, to which the United States handed over pieces of
paper converted into dollar bills which, for 40 years now, unilaterally
ceased having their backing in gold, and now that the value of that metal
is 40 times superior. That country still possesses its veto within the
International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Why wasn’t that discussed
The hope of extracting U.S. troops, those of NATO and
their allies from Afghanistan, is an idyllic one. They will have to
abandon that country before the defeated hand over power to the Afghan
resistance. The United States’ own allies are beginning to acknowledge
that dozens of years could go by before that war is over; is NATO prepared
to remain there for all that time? Would the very citizens of each one of
the governments meeting there allow that? Not to forget that a country
with a very large population, Pakistan, shares a border of colonial origin
with Afghanistan and a none-too insignificant percentage of its
I am not criticizing Medvedev, he is acting very well
in trying to limit the number of nuclear missiles pointing at his country.
Barack Obama cannot invent any justification whatsoever for that. It would
be laughable to imagine that that colossal and costly deployment of the
anti-missile nuclear shield is to protect Europe and Russia from Iranian
missiles proceeding from a country which does not even possess a tactical
nuclear weapon. Not even a children’s story book could affirm
Obama has already admitted that his promise to withdraw U.S.
soldiers from Afghanistan could be delayed and that taxes from the
wealthiest contributors are to be immediately suspended. After the Nobel
Prize one would have to grant him the prize for the "greatest snake
charmer "ever to have existed.
Taking into account the George W.
Bush autobiography, which has already become a bestseller, and which some
intelligent editor drafted for him, why didn’t they do him the honor of
inviting him to Lisbon? The extreme right, the "Tea Party" of Europe,
would doubtless have been happy.