Fidel Castro: A revolution in the making
The article below is abridged from the September 24 column by former Cuban president Fidel Castro.
Last July 16, I said the coup d'etat in Honduras "was conceived and organised by unscrupulous characters on the far-right who were officials in the confidence of George W. Bush and had been promoted by him."
I said the Yankee base at Soto Cano in Honduras had provided the main backup to the coup. I said: "The only correct thing to do at this moment is to demand that the government of the United States ceases its intervention, stops giving military aid to the coup and pulls out its Task Force from Honduras."
The US response to the coup has been to strike an agreement with the government of Colombia to set up seven military bases similar to that of Soto Cano in that sister nation — thus menacing Venezuela, Brazil and every other people in South America.
At a critical moment, when the tragedy of climate change and the international economic crisis are under discussion at a United Nations summit conference, the putschists in Honduras are threatening the immunity of the Brazilian Embassy in the Honduran capital where Zelaya, his family and a group of followers were forced to seek sanctuary.
The Brazilian government had absolutely nothing to do with the situation created there.
Consequently, it is inadmissible — actually inconceivable — that the Brazilian Embassy may be assaulted by the fascist government, unless it intends to commit suicide by dragging the country to a direct intervention with foreign forces.
Honduras is not a remote isolated country in the Caribbean. An intervention in Honduras with foreign forces would unleash a conflict in Central America and bring political chaos to the entire Latin American region.
The heroic struggle of the Honduran people during almost 90 days of ceaseless battle has placed the fascist pro-Yankee government, which is crushing unarmed men and women, in a critical situation.
We have seen the emergence of a new conscience among the Honduran people. Legions of social fighters have gained experience in that battle.
Zelaya delivered on his promise to return. He is entitled to his position as president and to preside over the elections scheduled for November 28.
New and admirable cadres are outstanding in the combative social movements; they are capable of leading that people through the hazardous journey ahead.
A revolution is in the making in Honduras.
Meanwhile, the world's governments are meeting at UN General Assembly, which can be a historic gathering — given the enormity of the tasks facing humanity and the little time available.