Milosevic’s Response

In my reflections of Monday, October 1, I referred to the message I had sent to Milosevic on March 25, 1999.

On March 30, I received from Milosevic the following note:

“H.E. Mr. President:

“It was with great attention and sincere gratitude that I received your message of March 25, 1999. I appreciate your strong words of support and encouragement for Yugoslavia, as well as the condemnation of NATO’s aggression expressed by Cuba and its representatives, especially at the U.N. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) is exposed to an aggression by the United States and NATO, the biggest ever since the times of Hitler’s. Not only has a crime been committed against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a peaceful, sovereign, and independent State but there has been also an aggression against all that is worth in this world on the threshold of the 21st century: the U.N. system, the Non-Aligned Countries Movement, the foundations of legal order, human rights and civilization in general. I take pride in letting you know that the aggression has only served to homogenize and strengthen the Yugoslavian peoples’ determination to resist and defend our freedom, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Our armed forces and the people are determined and ready to fulfill their duty. Therefore, the broadest and strongest possible solidarity and assistance from our friends all over the world would be as much welcome as necessary.

“The behavior of the U.N. Security Council regarding NATO’s aggression against the FRY is a defeat for the United Nations. It is a very bad signal and a great warning to the whole world, especially to small and medium-size countries, though not only to them. I am sure that you know that the FRY and the Republic of Serbia have continuously and sincerely sought for a political solution for Kosovo and Metohja in the interest of all the ethnic communities that live there and respect our constitutional order. I beg from you, Mr. President, that Cuba’s friendship remains active within the Movement in calling for a meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned countries so that that group of friends resolutely condemns NATO’s aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. I am also convinced that your personal prestige would be of great help to encourage Central American and South American countries, as well as all the Non-Aligned countries, to raise their voices in strong condemnation of this vandalistic aggression. Once again, in appreciation for the solidarity with and support for the FRY, I hereby express my hope that we shall remain in close contact. May you receive, Mr. President, the assurances of my highest consideration.

“Signed, Slobodan Milosevic.”

There were in fact two wars -one of which is not over yet-, and two fatidic encounters with Aznar –one of them between him and Clinton and the other one between him and Bush. There were two identical tours made by Aznar –one via Mexico City to Washington and the other via Mexico City to Texas- both in the pursuit of the same goal and equally void of ethical principles-, in which he was self-proclaimed war coordinator for the changeable US presidents.

Fidel Castro Ruz
October 2, 2007