Thirst for Blood (I)

The empire is not resigning itself to being the only loser at the Rio Group meeting held in Santo Domingo on March 7. It wants to set up the bloody mess once more. That is not difficult to demonstrate.

On Tuesday March 11t, El Nuevo Herald, a paper that is extremely hostile to Cuba and destined to chart guidelines in Latin America, under the title of “Cuban is the alleged leader of the FARC in Mexico”, signed by one of its writers born in our country, states:

“A Cuban engineer living in Mexico has been identified by intelligence authorities as the alleged leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) support group on Mexican territory.

“The intelligence report –quoted by the newspapers El Universal and The Wall Street Journal– points to Mario Dagoberto Díaz Orgaz, aged 48, as the main suspect of organizing the expedition of a group of Mexican students to a FARC camp in Ecuador, attacked by Colombian forces on March 1.

“Mexican agents say they photographed Díaz Orgaz in Quito on March 5 at 6:25 p.m., while he was prowling around the Military Hospital where Lucía Andrea Morett Álvarez, a survivor of the armed operation, is being held.

“The young woman, known as ‘Alicia’ in the rebel ranks, had traveled from Mexico to Havana on January 10, and from there to Quito. Her return to Mexico was scheduled for Tuesday.

“The report on Díaz Orgaz also presents him as the financial operator of the FARC in Mexico…”

“The Cuban engineer had been located in Ecuador by Mexican intelligence services after surviving the military attack on the FARC camp.

“Last night, El Nuevo Herald telephoned a close friend of his in the city of Queretaro, where Díaz Orgaz lives and works as a researcher in the Engineering and Industrial Development Center attached to the National Science and Technology Council of the Mexican government…

“In order to avoid being harassed by the press, Díaz Orgaz has been at the house of friends since Monday.

“The source said that the Cuban engineer can prove that the trip to Ecuador attributed to him is false, given that on the date that Mexican intelligence has him located in the vicinity of the Military Hospital in Quito, he was in the city of Villa Hermosa, capital of the state of Tabasco, with a group of colleagues from the Engineering and Industrial Development Center.

“Díaz Orgaz is originally from the town of Bejucal, in La Habana province, where he was born on January 15, 1960. According to information in the hands of the Mexican federal government, Díaz Orgaz studied mechanical engineering at the Vladimir Polytechnical Institute, 112 miles from Moscow, and later took several specialization courses in Metrology…

“He would have played a key role in the financial support given to FARC supporters at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), one of the largest and most prestigious academic centers in Latin America…

“Revelations in the case come a few days prior to the visit of Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa to Havana, motivated by a policy to reestablish relations between the two countries.

“Last February, the Colombian army captured Cuban doctor Emilio Muñoz Franco in Palmira, department of Valle del Cauca. This optometrist had been mentioned as a keystone in the FARC logistical support network.

“Muñoz Franco had taken Cuban medical students as trainees to the FARC camps between 2000 and 2001.

“The Colombian authorities consider that there is enough evidence to accuse him of being a foreigner associated with the guerrillas. His neighbors in Palmira claim that they have never seen him involved in anything scandalous.”

The stupid intention of mixing Cubans into the matter is very clear, besides the lie about the impossible presence of our medical students in that faraway Colombian jungle. Whenever a Cuban engineer or doctor abandons his country it is someone who is leaving with knowledge that our people have paid for with great sacrifice. Exactly on the 13th of this month, 177 members of the Medical Brigade and 35 teachers returned after fulfilling their sacred mission in East Timor for two years.

I myself bade them farewell when they left.

In East Timor, which prior to its independence, suffered genocide, internal conflicts arose supported by Australia, an ally of the United States, which took over the natural gas fields in the proximity of the Timor coastline. Under no circumstances did the Cuban doctors abandon their patients who were all inhabitants of that small nation. The personnel who replaced them have remained there. These are indeed Cuban doctors and graduates, of which there are thousands, the same ones that the empire is making unspeakable efforts to bribe away, but to very little effect.

No other country in the Western hemisphere or in the world has such wealth. Today we are training hundreds of young people from East Timor in our medical schools. The doctors who have just returned set an example of what conscience can do.

The quoted article from El Nuevo Herald is also a clear attempt to justify the fact that among the victims there were young Mexicans who were meeting with Reyes, out of curiosity or for whatever other reason, but who had not planted bombs and who did not deserve to be murdered by Yankee bombs while they were in their beds at dawn.

El Mercurio of Chile, under the title “Deserter warns that the leader of the FARC could be assassinated”, states in the words of Pedro Pablo Montoya, former FARC guerrilla:

“The guerrilla deserter who last week killed José Juvenal Velandia, a.k.a. ‘Iván Ríos’, member of the top FARC leadership, affirmed yesterday that rebels in the middle and lower ranks might assassinate their leaders, among them the top leader of the Colombian guerrilla group, Pedro Antonio Marín, alias ‘Manuel Marulanda Vélez’ or ‘Tirofijo’ (Sharpshot).”

“Pedro Pablo Montoya, a.k.a. ‘Rojas’, who has been under Army protection since last Thursday after surrendering with two other FARC members after having assassinated ‘Ríos’, said in an interview to the Bogota paper El Tiempo that non-ranking rebels are demoralized and without incentives due to the ‘bad treatment’ they are receiving from the guerrilla leaders…!

“After killing his leader, ‘Rojas’ chopped off the man’s right hand and presented himself to the soldiers who had surrounded the rebel unit with the dead man’s identification papers and his laptop computer.

“In a statement to Radio Caracol, ‘Rojas’ said that the FARC doesn’t want to liberate former candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Not even for ‘the big guy’ –they wouldn’t free her for any reason. Doña Yolanda, mother of Ms. Betancourt, should know this…”

The rebel said that he is expecting to be paid a juicy bounty that was offered by the Colombian government, equivalent to 2.6 million dollars, in exchange for information about the insurgent commanders, while lawyers are debating whether or not he should receive the booty. Last night ‘Rojas’ received backing, since the Attorney General of Colombia, Mario Iguarán, indicated that “in principle, the Attorney General’s Office wouldn’t press charges for the murder of Iván Ríos, and thus the way would be cleared for him to receive the bounty”.

For its part, last March 10 The Washington Post, a well-informed paper on the prevailing mood in Washington, published an article titled “The FARC’s Guardian Angel”, signed by Jackson Diehl, where he points out:

“Latin American nations and the Bush administration are just beginning to consider a far more serious and potentially explosive question: What to do about the revelation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez forged a strategic alliance with the FARC against the democratic government of Colombia?

“…in their totality, the hundreds of pages of documents so far made public by Colombia paint an even more chilling picture…

“All this is laid out in a series of three e-mails sent in February to the FARC top leaders by Iván Márquez and Rodrigo Granda, envoys who held a series of secret meetings with Chávez…

“Assuming that these documents are authentic –and it’s hard to believe that the cerebral and calculating Uribe would knowingly hand over forgeries to the world media and the Organization of American States– both the Bush administration and Latin American governments will have fateful decisions to make about Chávez. His reported actions are, first of all, a violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1373, passed on September 2001…”

The Washington Post starts from the premise that only Uribe could invent or deliver that document to the United States government and didn’t even consider any other possibility for the complicated situation. However, it is known that since Thursday 13th, Chávez has spoken to Uribe by phone and agreed with him an exchange of visits between the two presidents and the normalization of the trade relations that so much benefit both their peoples. Chavez, for his part, is not giving up on his search for peace between the sister peoples of Latin America.

The most surprising thing is the very speech made by Bush on March 12 and the speedy dispatching of the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Brazil and Chile, a subject about which the wire agencies are writing reams and reams:

“BRASILIA, March 13, 2008 (AFP) –U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Brazilian Racial Integration Minister, Edson Santos, signed an agreement this Thursday in Brasilia to launch a joint action plan ‘for the elimination of racial discrimination.’

“The text of the agreement emphasizes that Brazil and the United States share the characteristic of being ‘multi-ethnic and multiracial democratic societies’.”

I read and I re-read these words. I think it is the opposite of what is really happening in the United States, while I select dispatches and I write. It’s astounding!

I shall continue tomorrow.

Fidel Castro Ruz

March 17, 2008