The rebel leaders tipped their hand too early. Now the whole of Libya, including the rebels, understand what they are: traitors dependent on invaders. The rebels thus now lack motive force as well as military training: “Libyan Rebels Flee as Kadafi’s Forces Defend Surt” (Los Angeles Times, 29 March 2011). The only way they can defeat the Gaddafi forces is to get the NATO to massacre them and everyone else in their way. Even then, they would never be able to govern Libya by themselves. They may even lose, as Fidel says. After all, what self-respecting Libyan wants to side with the traitors and invaders? — Ed.
I didn’t have to be a fortune teller to divine what I foresaw with rigorous precision in three Reflections which I published on the CubaDebate website between February 21 and March 3: “NATO’s Plan Is to Occupy Libya,” “Cynicism’s Danse Macabre,” and “NATO’s Inevitable War.” . . .
I do not share political concepts or those of a religious nature with the leader of that country. I am a Marxist-Leninist and follower of the ideas of Martí, as I have already stated.
I see Libya as a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and one sovereign state out of the close to 200 belonging to the United Nations Organization.
Never before was a large or small country, in this case of barely 5 million inhabitants, the victim of such a brutal attack by the air force of a military organization which has at its disposal thousands of fighter planes, more than 100 submarines, nuclear aircraft carriers, and sufficient arsenal to destroy the planet countless times over. Our species has never experienced such a situation and nothing like it existed 75 years ago when the Nazi bombers attacked targets in Spain.
Now, however, the discredited and criminal NATO is to write a “beautiful” story about its “humanitarian” bombing.
If Gaddafi honors the traditions of his people and decides to fight, as he has promised, until his last breath alongside Libyans who are confronting the worst bombardments that a country has ever suffered, he will sink NATO and its criminal plans into the mire of ignominy.
The peoples respect and believe in men and women who know how to fulfill their duty.
More than 50 years ago, when the United States murdered more than 100 Cubans with the sabotage of La Coubre merchant ship, our people proclaimed “Patria o Muerte.” They have fulfilled and have always been prepared to keep their word.
“Whoever attempts to seize Cuba — exclaimed the most glorious combatant in our history [General Antonio Maceo] — will only recover the dust of its land saturated in blood.”
I ask you to excuse the frankness with which I have approached the subject.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 28, 2011
The text above is an excerpt form an English translation provided by Granma International. En español.