The English translation of Fidel’s reflection released by Granma International today contains an unfortunate error. The Spanish original says:
El Sha de Irán había sido derrocado por el Ayatollah Ruhollah Jomeini en 1979 sin emplear un arma. Estados Unidos le impuso después la guerra a aquella nación con el empleo de armas químicas, cuyos componentes suministró a Irak junto a la información requerida por sus unidades de combate y que fueron empleadas por estas contra los Guardianes de la Revolución.
This was translated as:
The Shah of Iran had been defeated by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 without using a single weapon. The United States imposed the Shah after the war on that nation with the use of chemical weapons, whose components it supplied to Iraq together with the information needed by its combat units and which were deployed by them against the Revolutionary Guards.
What was imposed on Iran as punishment for tossing out the Shah was not the Shah again, but a chemical war. In addition to correcting this error, I have taken the opportunity to edit the rest of the piece for the sake of readability.
How I Wish I Were Wrong – español
English translation: Granma International
Edited by Machetera
When these lines are published tomorrow, Friday June 25th, in Granma, it will be only 32 days before the July 26th anniversary, when we are always proud to remember the honor of having resisted the empire’s onslaughts.
Those who determine every step of humanity’s worst enemy – United States imperialism, a mixture of ignoble material interests, disdain for and underestimation of the rest of the people inhabiting the planet – have calculated everything with mathematical precision.
In my June 16 Reflection, I wrote: “Between World Cup games, the diabolical news is filtering through, in a way that nobody is paying much attention to it.”
The famous sports event has entered its most exciting moments. For 14 days, teams made up of the best soccer players from 32 countries have been competing to advance toward the second round; later the quarter finals, semifinals and the final of the event will come in successive stages.
Sports fanaticism is growing incessantly, captivating hundreds of millions and possibly billions of people all over the planet.
One must ask on the other hand, how many people are aware that since June 20th, U.S. military vessels, including the Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, escorted by one or more nuclear submarines and other warships with missiles and cannons that are more powerful that those of the old warships utilized in the last World War from 1939 to 1945, have been navigating toward Iranian coasts via the Suez Canal.
The yankee naval forces are accompanied by Israeli military boats, with equally sophisticated armaments, to inspect every vessel leaving Iran, exporting and importing commercial products necessary for the Iranian economy to function.
The U.N. Security Council approved a harsh resolution, proposed by the United States with support from the United Kingdom, France and Germany, that was not vetoed by any of the five countries which hold that right.
Another, harsher resolution was approved with the agreement of the United States Senate.
Subsequently, a third, even harsher one was passed by the countries of the European Union. All of this took place before June 20th, which prompted an urgent trip to Russia by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to the news, to meet with the head of state of that powerful country, Dmitri Medvedev, in the hope of negotiating with Iran and avoiding the worst.
Now it is about calculating when the naval forces of the United States and Israel will be deployed facing the Iranian coasts, joining up there with aircraft carriers and other U.S. military boats on guard in this region.
The worst part is that, just like the United States, Israel, its gendarme in the Middle East, possesses extremely modern bomber aircraft and sophisticated weapons supplied by the United States, which has converted it into the sixth nuclear power on the planet given its firepower, among the eight recognized as such, including India and Pakistan.
The Shah of Iran had been defeated by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 without using a single weapon. The United States then imposed a war on that nation using chemical weapons, whose components it supplied to Iraq together with the information needed by its combat units and which were deployed by them against the Revolutionary Guards. Cuba knows this because, at that time, as we have explained on other occasions, it held the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement. We know very well the devastation it caused the population. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now Iran’s head of state, was chief of the Revolutionary Guards’ sixth army and chief of the Guard Corps in the western provinces of that country, which bore the brunt of that war.
Today, in 2010, 31 years later, both the United States and Israel underestimate the one million soldiers in the Iranian Armed Forces and their capacity for a ground war, as well as the air, sea and land forces of the Revolutionary Guards.
In addition to these, there are the 20 million men and women, from 12 to 60 years of age, among the 70 million who inhabit that country, who have been selected and systematically trained by its diverse military institutions.
The government of the United States drew up a plan to instigate a political movement that, supported by capitalist consumerism, would divide Iranians and topple the regime.
That hope has become innocuous. It is laughable to think that U.S. warships combined with those of Israel could arouse the sympathies of a single Iranian citizen.
Analyzing the current situation, I initially believed that the battle would begin in the Korean peninsula, and that this would be where the second Korean war would be detonated which, in turn, would immediately lead to the second war that the United States would impose on Iran.
Now, reality is changing things in an inverse sense: the war in Iran will immediately unleash the war in Korea.
The leadership of North Korea, which was accused of the sinking of the Cheonan, and is very well aware that it was sunk by a mine that the yankee intelligence services succeeded in placing in the hull of that corvette, will not hesitate for a second to act as soon as the attack is initiated on Iran.
It is quite right that soccer fans should enjoy their cravings for the World Cup competitions. I am only fulfilling the duty of exhorting our people, thinking above all of our youth, full of life and hope, and especially our marvelous children, so that events do not catch us completely unaware.
It pains me to think of so many dreams conceived of by human beings and the astounding creations of which they have been capable in just a few thousand years.
At a time when the most revolutionary dreams are being fulfilled and the homeland is firmly recovering, how I wish I were wrong!
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 24th, 2010
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