FORUM DEBATE ON BUSH’S
TRANSITION PLAN FOR CUBA
Let the empire
make no mistake!
“IT is impossible for the empire to make its
‘transition plan’ a reality,” affirmed Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada,
president of the National Assembly, during an online forum on the
blockade. “First they would have to invade this country and occupy it
militarily and then crush the resistance of our people, and that is
something they will never achieve,” he commented.
On October 13, Alarcón took part in an interesting
interchange sponsored by the Cuba versus Bloqueo website (electronic
) with the opportunity of a direct response – in Spanish, French and
English – to questions and comments for surfers in communication from
various European and American countries.
“We are prepared and ready to fight to the last man and
woman to prevent that,” the parliamentary leader stressed in one of his
responses. “If they attack us, here they will find a united, educated
people, the owners of a glorious history of heroism, battles and
sacrifices for freedom, who will never renounce their independence or
ideals of justice and solidarity; who will never renounce the
beautiful, noble and profoundly humane work that they have built
despite the aggression of the empire. If they attack us, they will
suffer their greatest and most shameful defeat here.”
Various questions touched on the issue of the document
on the so-called transition in Cuba, launched on May 6 by the
Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba headed by Colin Powell, which
discloses the latest annexationist plans of the U.S. administration.
In response to one navigator, Alarcón noted that this
document defines the key question of imperial “aid” to the island, when
what it calls a transition government is installed, which would proceed
to the return of properties nationalized by the Revolution over the
last 45 years.
“But this would not be a function of that so-called
Cuban government. The document says that the mechanism in charge of
that would be a U.S. government structure, the Commission for the
Restitution of Property Rights.”
POLICE UNDER STATE DEPARTMENT CONTROL
Moreover, Chapter III of the Plan states that the
intervention would be based on a model of what they have done in
Afghanistan and Iraq, observed Alarcón in response to another question.
Referring to the Cuban electoral process, he stated
that “those attempting to impose the U.S. model on others are faced
with an insurmountable problem. The majority of the U.S. people do not
believe in it. Not even 50% of the population who enjoy the difficult
privilege of appearing on the electoral register turn out at the polls
for their elections. And the figure of those who do count as voters is
riddled with fraud, which allows some people to vote more than once,
among them an appreciable number of visitants from beyond the grave.”
In order to ensure the complete re-conversion of the
electoral system the U.S. government “would dictate laws and
regulations, designate advisors and train officials at all levels...
and remember, any protest would be crushed by the new police force,
under the complete leadership and control of the State Department.”
Alarcón advised that it would be a great error not to
assess the plan in all its aspects, or to underestimate the
significance of Bush’s electoral interests in Florida.
“It is about a U.S. governmental plan that seeks to
provoke internal destabilization and propitiate direct military
intervention through the intensification of its economic and political
aggression. Its proposition is to destroy the Revolution, achieve the
restoration of capitalism and perpetuate total Yankee domination over
the Cuban nation.”
“The U.S. plan leaves nothing out, it covers all
aspects of life. It is not just about dominating Cuba but placing the
economy, services, all social activities under its control; in fact
undertaking the annexation of the country that would barely have a few
imaginary national authorities totally subjected to a foreign power.”
For that reason, Alarcón affirmed, the National
Assembly of People’s Power has characterized the document as “a plan to
annihilate the Cuban nation.”
THEY RECOGNIZE THAT IT WON’T BE EASY
The plan envisages the complete privatization of the
economy, including sectors such as education, health and social
security, he explained to another Forum participant.
The plan’s authors recognize that it will not be easy
to occupy a country, administer it, lead it, privatize its economy and
snatch from people everything that they have, he noted.
“And that is why they define that the most immediate
thing to have to do is to create a police corps and that the State
Department will have responsibility for its total organization and
leadership,” he added.
This plan is a dream of the empire,
“and if they try to realize it, it will turn into a nightmare,”
concluded the parliamentary president. “Let the empire make no
mistake!” (Jean-Guy Allard)