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Bush's mein kampf and the beautiful sleeper…

by Rachel Valdimort Thursday, Jul. 20, 2006 at 10:25 AM

(English) 10 DE JULY OF 2006 Bush approved “additional measures” against Cuba some of which point directly to those who trade with the Island or they have investments here. Among them it reiterates the possibility to begin the trials foreseen in the Title III of the Law Helms-Burton for some countries . (Spanish) EL 10 DE JULIO DEL 2006 Bush aprobó "medidas adicionales" contra Cuba algunas de las cuales apuntan directamente a quienes comercian con la Isla o tienen inversiones aquí. Entre ellas reitera la posibilidad de iniciar los juicios previstos en el Título III de la Ley Helms-Burton para algunos países

In English

Bush's mein kampf and the beautiful sleeper…

Answer of Ricardo Alarcón of Quesada.
10 DE JULY OF 2006 Bush approved “additional measures” against Cuba some of which point directly to those who trade with the Island or they have investments here. Among them it reiterates the possibility to begin the trials foreseen in the Title III of the Law Helms-Burton for some countries selectively - for the used language it seems that they feint with beginning with Venezuela but nobody knows what will happen once they uncover the Box of Pandora- and he announces that they will "apply vigorously" the Title IV " focusing their application especially” in fact in those sectors where they are more involved the Europeans.
When in 1996 United States it promulgated the Law Helms-Burton there were protests in Europe. They qualified the North American text as extraterritorial and contrary to the relative norms to the international trade. But they didn't condemn their character genocidist and interventionist, neither their purpose of putting an end to the independence and sovereignty of Cuba and of subjecting it to a servitude régime and it completes dominance.
To European Union nothing else bothered her some aspects of that Law that affected their own interests. For that reason she only protested for the Titles III and IV of the legislative clown.
The first grant a totally illegal authority to the North American tribunals to undertake trials, starting from reclamations presented by suppositions former owners of properties nationalized by the Revolution, against any person that uses them now in any way, and the other one denies entrance visas to United States to those who invest in Cuba, prohibition that they also extend their spouses and children and of which they have already been object people of diverse nationalities.
On the rest, the most serious and extensive part in the document, Europe didn't emit sound some. Of those chapters she didn't speak simply because the European governments, in a way or other, they were accomplices of the political ant Cubans of Washington.
They were forced to criticize the Law partially for the pressure of the public opinion and mainly for that of the managers of the Old Continent whose economic and commercial bonds with Cuba, entirely legitimate, they face the government's from United States sanctions illegal and coarse threats.
European Union presented an official demand then against Washington before the World Organization of Trade. Who revises the ago ten year-old press will find hundreds of articles, declarations and information’s easily on that demand. Some spoke of a commercial imminent war. It seemed that will finish the world.
But the press also reported daily the frequent meetings of the representatives of both parts: Stuart Eizenstat and León Britan. When the first one didn't visit to the other one in Brussels, this he moved to find it in Washington. Their invitations were reflected in the informative means almost with the same interest with which they try to the most notorious couples in the cajolement.

Finally they agreed and they announced it to drummer and plate: European Union retired its demand before OMC and she also declared that it would continue supporting the North American intents to subvert to the Cuban society. On the other hand the Administration in Washington would not use against her the mentioned titles III and IV and she committed to negotiate before its Parliament the necessary amendments to modify to that respect the Law Helms-Burton.
The North American offer was, by the way, ridiculous. The substance of the Title III are the threat of beginning cases before their federal tribunals whose number could be of such a magnitude that it would scandalize the judicial system as he noticed the North American own government on time. It is for that reason and not for any other one that the same Law Helms-Burton gave the authority to the president to suspend for six months the right to promote such processes, something that Clinton made from the instant that promulgated the Law -a lot before the first European groan- and that it continued making him, him and Bush, and they have already made it twenty times. United States "gave" Europe what had been given already to itself, and for its own interest, from the first day.
In other words, after so much din, Europe was satisfied with an insipid promise and to change she was the only one that acted and to make what they ordered her exactly.
Ten years have passed. Neither the administration Clinton neither that of Bush in any moment, in any way, direct or indirect, has made management some to complete what they had promised solemnly. They have not even tried to simulate it. Simply they didn't make anything. Absolutely anything.
And they didn't make it because their speaker neither remembered the supposed commitment. Europe allowed to lapse ten years without blinking although Washington didn't complete its promise. Worse still. She never reacted, during that period, when the North Americans punished arbitrarily to European companies to the help of a Law that continues intact. Europe, in deep still, slept.
Why should it respect their commitment United States if he knows that it can always have the services of obedient, disciplined European Union?
Plus still, every time that considers it opportune, the North American government appreciates the European cooperation openly in the realization of his plans ant Cubans. So generous and disinterested cooperation that has not been affected by the repeated violations to their sovereignty and the rights of their companies and their citizens. Anything perturbs their serene dream.
It arrived the month of May of the 2004. With great fanfare Bush put in vigor his Plan in the one that, in faithful observance of the Law Helms-Burton, describes until the detail the genocide that imagines she will be able to carry out with Cuba and the Cubans. The Plan Bush also contains new measures for harding the economic war that imposes us.
And among those measures there are many specifically referred to other countries that include the members of European Union. Neither a word of modifying the Law Helms-Burton. Many -almost 500 pages- to repeat until the fatigue that they will impose it with all rudeness. Among other numerous actions Bush threatened to allow the trials foreseen in the Title III and he announced the reinforcement of the bureaucratic apparatus in charge of executing the sanctions that it contemplates the IV.
Other two complete years passed. We arrive to July of the 2006. European Union keeps silent. No Chancellery has whispered at least a word.
Up to now nobody in Europe has been given for informed.

To request them that they condemn the secret plan to attack to the Revolution, the new and even crueler restrictions to the Cuban families, the idiots and criminal prohibitions against their Churches, the shameless intents to tunnel the Operation Miracle and the services of health that save the life of millions, would be, surely, to request them too much.
But is it maybe it to suggest them that they defend the interests of their own citizens? To remind them, with the due respect, that paper that the gentleman subscribed Britan with his inseparable friend? Probably be not worthwhile.

Maybe be more practical not to perturb the Beautiful Sleeper's dream.
In that of making a pact with the Fascists, of leaving them the free hands, there is enough experience beyond Atlantic. But there is also her, painfully, of the consequences. They are not few, for luck who they still remember to Munich and Chamberlain and their umbrella and all the horror that came later.

En español

El mein kampf de Bush y la bella durmiente

EL 10 DE JULIO DEL 2006 Bush aprobó "medidas adicionales" contra Cuba algunas de las cuales apuntan directamente a quienes comercian con la Isla o tienen inversiones aquí. Entre ellas reitera la posibilidad de iniciar los juicios previstos en el Título III de la Ley Helms-Burton para algunos países selectivamente —por el lenguaje empleado parece que amagan con empezar por Venezuela pero nadie sabe lo que ocurrirá una vez que destapen la Caja de Pandora— y anuncia que "aplicarán vigorosamente" el Título IV "enfocando especialmente su aplicación" precisamente en aquellos sectores donde están más involucrados los europeos.
Cuando en 1996 Estados Unidos promulgó la Ley Helms-Burton hubo protestas en Europa. Calificaron el texto norteamericano como extraterritorial y contrario a las normas relativas al comercio internacional. Pero no condenaron su carácter genocida e intervencionista, ni su propósito de acabar con la independencia y soberanía de Cuba y de someterla a un régimen de servidumbre y completa dominación.
A la Unión Europea nada más le molestaban algunos aspectos de aquella Ley que afectaban sus propios intereses. Por eso protestó solamente por los Títulos III y IV del adefesio legislativo.
El primero otorga una autoridad completamente ilegal a los tribunales norteamericanos para emprender juicios, a partir de reclamaciones presentadas por supuestos ex dueños de propiedades nacionalizadas por la Revolución, contra cualquier persona que las utilice ahora de cualquier manera, y el otro niega visas de entrada a Estados Unidos a quienes inviertan en Cuba, prohibición que extienden también a sus cónyuges e hijos y de la cual han sido objeto ya personas de diversas nacionalidades.
Sobre el resto, la parte más grave y extensa del documento, Europa no emitió sonido alguno. De esos capítulos no habló sencillamente porque los gobiernos europeos, de un modo u otro, eran cómplices de la política anticubana de Washington.
Se vieron obligados a criticar parcialmente la Ley por la presión de la opinión pública y sobre todo por la de los empresarios del Viejo Continente cuyos vínculos económicos y comerciales con Cuba, enteramente legítimos, encaran sanciones ilegales y burdas amenazas del gobierno de Estados Unidos.
La Unión Europea presentó entonces una demanda oficial contra Washington ante la Organización Mundial de Comercio. Quien revise la prensa de hace diez años encontrará fácilmente centenares de artículos, declaraciones e informaciones sobre esa demanda. Algunos hablaban de una inminente guerra comercial. Parecía que se iba a acabar el mundo.
Pero también la prensa reportaba diariamente las frecuentes reuniones de los representantes de ambas partes: Stuart Eizenstat y Leon Britan. Cuando el primero no visitaba al otro en Bruselas, este se desplazaba para encontrarlo en Washington. Sus convites eran reflejados en los medios informativos casi con el mismo interés con que tratan a las más notorias parejas de la farándula.
Finalmente se pusieron de acuerdo y lo anunciaron a bombo y platillo: la Unión Europea retiraba su demanda ante la OMC y declaraba además que seguiría apoyando los intentos norteamericanos para subvertir a la sociedad cubana. Por su parte la Administración en Washington no emplearía contra ella los mentados títulos III y IV y se comprometía a gestionar ante su Parlamento las enmiendas necesarias para modificar a ese respecto la Ley Helms-Burton.
El ofrecimiento norteamericano era, por cierto, ridículo. La sustancia del Título III es la amenaza de entablar pleitos ante sus tribunales federales cuyo número pudiera ser de tal magnitud que caotizaría el sistema judicial como advirtió a tiempo el propio gobierno norteamericano. Es por esa razón, y no por ninguna otra, que la misma Ley Helms-Burton dio la autoridad al presidente para suspender por seis meses el derecho a promover tales procesos, algo que Clinton hizo desde el instante que promulgó la Ley —mucho antes del primer gemido europeo— y que siguió haciéndolo, él y Bush, y ya lo han hecho veinte veces. Estados Unidos le "daba" a Europa lo que ya se había dado a sí mismo, y por su propio interés, desde el primer día.
En otras palabras, después de tanto alboroto, Europa se contentaba con una insulsa promesa y a cambio ella era la única que actuaba y para hacer exactamente lo que le ordenaban.
Han pasado diez años. Ni la administración Clinton ni la de Bush en ningún momento, de cualquier forma, directa o indirecta, han hecho gestión alguna para cumplir lo que habían prometido solemnemente. Ni siquiera han intentado simularlo. Sencillamente no hicieron nada. Absolutamente nada.
Y no lo hicieron porque su interlocutor tampoco recordaba el supuesto compromiso. Europa dejó transcurrir diez años sin parpadear aunque Washington no cumplía su promesa. Peor aún. Nunca reaccionó, durante ese periodo, cuando los norteamericanos castigaron arbitrariamente a empresas europeas al amparo de una Ley que sigue intacta. Europa, en profunda quietud, dormía.
¿Por qué debería respetar su compromiso Estados Unidos si sabe que siempre puede contar con los servicios de la obediente, disciplinada Unión Europea?
Más aún, cada vez que lo considera oportuno, el gobierno norteamericano agradece públicamente la cooperación europea en la realización de sus planes anticubanos. Cooperación tan generosa y desinteresada que no ha sido afectada por las repetidas violaciones a su soberanía y a los derechos de sus empresas y sus ciudadanos. Nada perturba su plácido sueño.
Llegó el mes de mayo del 2004. Con gran fanfarria Bush puso en vigor su Plan en el que, en fiel acatamiento de la Ley Helms-Burton, describe hasta el detalle el genocidio que imagina podrá realizar con Cuba y los cubanos. El Plan Bush contiene también nuevas medidas para recrudecer la guerra económica que nos impone.
Y entre esas medidas hay muchas específicamente referidas a otros países que incluyen a los miembros de la Unión Europea. Ni una palabra de modificar la Ley Helms-Burton. Muchas —casi 500 páginas— para repetir hasta el cansancio que la impondrán con todo rigor. Entre otras numerosas acciones Bush amenazó con permitir los juicios previstos en el Título III y anunció el reforzamiento del aparato burocrático encargado de ejecutar las sanciones que contempla el IV.
Pasaron otros dos años completos. Llegamos a julio del 2006. La Unión Europea guarda silencio. Ninguna Cancillería ha susurrado siquiera una palabra.
Hasta ahora nadie en Europa se ha dado por enterado.
Pedirles que condenen el plan secreto para atacar a la Revolución, las nuevas y aun más crueles restricciones a las familias cubanas, las estúpidas y criminales prohibiciones contra sus Iglesias, los desvergonzados intentos por socavar la Operación Milagro y los servicios de salud que salvan la vida de millones, sería, seguramente, pedirles demasiado.
¿Pero lo es acaso sugerirles que defiendan los intereses de sus propios ciudadanos? ¿Recordarles, con el debido respeto, aquel papel que suscribió el caballero Britan con su inseparable amigo? Probablemente no valga la pena.
Quizás sea más práctico no perturbar el sueño de la Bella Durmiente.
En eso de pactar con los fascistas, de dejarles las manos libres, hay bastante experiencia allende el Atlántico. Pero también la hay, dolorosamente, de las consecuencias. No son pocos, por suerte, quienes aún recuerdan a Munich y Chamberlain y su paraguas y todo el horror que vino después.


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