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238 REASONS TO BE WORRIED PART TWO


June 21:

AFP: Brazil refused to go on mediating on the Iranian nuclear subject after the US and other powers rejected the agreement for exchange signed in May by Iran and Turkey, as declared this Monday by Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim to The Financial Times.

June 22:

ANSA: The former head of Mossad between 1989 and 1996, Shabtai Shavit, today stated that Israel should take into consideration a preventive attack on Iran in order to destroy its nuclear plants.

June 22

AFP: This Tuesday the US government urged private businesses to go further in official sanctions against Iran and to cut the controversial ties with Teheran, at the same time as Washington prepares another series of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

June 23:

ANSA: Today Iran announced that to date it produced more than 17 kilos of 20 % enriched uranium, at the time the supreme guide Ayatollah Ali Khomenei maintained that the arrogant powers are opposed to his country’s nuclear program because they fear Teheran as a symbol of Islamic movements in the world.

June 24:

EFE: The commander of the army of the elite corps of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, General Ali Fadavi today warned that if the US and their allies inspect Iranian vessels in international waters, they will receive a proper answer in the Persian Gulf and in the Straits of Ormuz.

A high-ranking Iranian soldier stated that the US and their allies would not dare to act against the Iranian ships and if they commit such a stupid move, based on the illegal resolution they have passed, they themselves will receive a proper answer from the Guardians of the Revolution in the Persian Gulf and the Straits of Ormuz.

Fadavi added that the Army of the Guardians of the Revolution today have hundreds of ships outfitted with missile launchers.

EFE: The US Senate today approved new unilateral sanctions against Iran, directed at its energy sector, and that would also sanction companies doing business with Teheran.

June 27:

ANSA: Head of the CIA Leon Panetta today warned that Iran has the capability of building two atomic bombs in two years since it now has sufficient capacity of enriched uranium to move forward in that plan, denied by Teheran.

June 30:

REUTERS: Iran issued a warning to members of the European Union about serious consequences due to their decision to impose tougher sanctions against Teheran because of their nuclear program.

This month there were 119 news cables about Iran.

In July, confrontation continued to grow. Before each additional imperialist measure, pressure, sanctions and threats the resolute Iranian resistance continued to strengthen.

July 1

AFP: In a letter to the 15 Council members, thanking Brazil and Turkey for their resistance to political pressures, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki stated that the new sanctions by the UN Security Council will not prevent Iran from pursuing its peaceful nuclear program.

ANSA: US President Barack Obama today assured that the new law of sanctions by his country against Iran is a blow to the heart of its presumed capacity to develop nuclear weapons…

Obama said that the US was showing the Iranian authorities that their actions had consequences and he accused Teheran of taking on a defiant position…

July 3:

REUTERS: On Saturday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the latest sanctions against Iran are pathetic and he warned the world powers that they would regret their threat.

July 5:

AFP: On Monday an Iranian official announced that the airports of Great Britain, Germany and the United Arab Emirates refuse to supply fuel to Iranian passenger planes after the new US sanctions…

The official IRNA agency indicated that Kuwait airport was doing likewise.

They said that this measure was being applied since last Thursday following the US Congress decision that imposes sanctions on the sale of fuel products to Iran.

July 6:

AP: On Tuesday China said that the US and other nations should not be adding their own sanctions to the most recent penalties being imposed by the UN on Iran…

July 7:

AFP: This Wednesday, Iran acknowledged, for the first time, that the new international sanctions might slow down its much-discussed nuclear program, including the enriching of uranium, but he assured that it would not stop it.

DPA: Documents today revealed that Iran is ready to return to international talks about their nuclear program in September, but only if the EU denounces the Israeli nuclear arsenal and shelves its plans to impose greater sanctions on Teheran.

July 8:

AFP: On Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad described the US as the planetary dictator before attacking Israel just after his arrival in Nigeria to attend a D-8 Summit which brings together eight developing Moslem countries.

The US has appointed itself leader of the world and everyone should know that a self-proclaimed authority is a dictatorship…

AFP: US President Barack Obama stated during an interview broadcast on Thursday on Israeli TV that it is improbable that Israel should attack Iranian nuclear installations without previously informing the US.

On Wednesday, Obama stated on Israeli Channel 2 that it is unacceptable for Iran to possess nuclear weapons and that the US shall do all they can to prevent that from happening.

DPA: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu assured today in New York that an Iran with nuclear weapons would be more dangerous than the USSR during the Cold War.

Netanyahu indicated to the think tank Council on Foreign Relations that the Soviets had thousands of atomic weapons, but that they were rational and predictable, something Iran is not.

July 12:

ANSA: Iran insists that Brazil and Turkey should take part in the re-initiation of negotiations about its nuclear program as emphasized by Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki, and quoted today on Press TV.

July 15:

EFE: The possibility of an Israeli attack against Iran because of this country`s nuclear program has grown stronger, but its consequences would be devastating and would lead to a prolonged war with regional and global implications.

Those were the conclusions of a study entitled `Military Action against Iran: Impact and Effects` by the Oxford Research Group, a British centre which states that the consequences would be so serious that a way must be found to solve that crisis using methods other than military.

July 16:

EFE: The UN Security Council today condemned terrorist attacks perpetrated on a Shiite mosque in the south-east of Iran where at least 20 persons died and more than 100 were wounded.

EFE: Official Japanese sources informed that the foreign ministers of Japan and Brazil agreed today on the necessity of keeping an open window of dialogue with Iran.

July 17:

AFP: This Saturday Iran accused western countries and Israel of being behind the double suicide attack that caused 27 dead on Thursday in the south-eastern part of the country even though both the EU and the US condemned it.

REUTERS: A semi-official Iranian news agency printed on Saturday that a senior commander of the Revolutionary Guard stated that the US would come up against serious negative consequences after a deadly bomb attack occurred in the southeaster part of Iran.

July 19:

EFE: Iranian Parliamentary President Ali Larijani criticizes the unfair structure of power in the international arena, and in his opinion this has led to the instrumentalized use of the international bodies…

July 20:

AP: On Tuesday, the Iranian Parliament authorized reprisal inspections against those countries which inspect cargo on Iranian ships and planes as part of the new UN sanctions because of Teheran`s nuclear program.

July 21:

AFP: On Wednesday Iranian supreme guide Ali Khomenei urged all Moslems to fight against the United States and United Kingdom`s blind and fierce terrorism; he accused these two countries of being behind the double suicide bombing that left 28 dead this month in a Shiite mosque.

July 23:

REUTERS: An Iranian official was quoted on Friday by the semi-official Mehr news agency as saying that Iran would be using other currencies than the Euro and the dollar in order to pay for its oil exports.

He said that they were free to choose any currency for the sale of their oil…

July 24:

REUTERS: On Saturday Iran stated that it had plans to build a reactor for experimental nuclear fusion, as reported on state TV, while western powers demand that the Islamic Republic puts a halt to its delicate atomic work.

July 25:

ANSA: Today Iran warned that it would respond with force to the sanctions that the European Union is hastening to ratify tomorrow as an adjunct to the UN Security Council resolution, in the framework of the dispute about the development of nuclear plans.

July 26:

EFE: Iranian Defence Minister, General Ahmad Vahidi, has threatened Israel with total destruction if it should commit an imprudent act against Iran, as informed today by the official Irna news agency.

July 27:

AFP: Russia considers the sanctions against Iran which were adopted outside the UN framework as unacceptable, in a statement on Tuesday by the Russian Minister of Foreign Relations after the approval on Monday of the EU and Canada`s sanctions against Teheran and its energy sector.

July 31:

AFP: China has become the first trading partner of Iran with 21,200 million dollars of exchanges as compared to 14,400 million three years ago, thanks in part to the retreating western companies that had been pressured by their governments.

International sanctions against Iran because of its disputed nuclear program, and above all those decided by the US and the EU countries allowed China to reinforce its presence in the Islamic Republic.

Beijing said that it did not approve of the sanctions decided last Monday by the European Union that mainly aim at the oil and gas sector.

In July, there were 65 dispatches from news agencies dealing with Iran.

August 1:

AFP: On Sunday the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff assured that a plan by the US to attack Iran was in the works if Teheran were to have a nuclear weapon, but he stated that he was extremely worried by the consequences the measure might bring.

Admiral Michael Mullen told NBC that a military action against Iran could have undesired consequences difficult to anticipate in an incredibly unstable area.

August 2:

EFE: The political advisor of the elite corps of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, General Yadola Javani, today stated that Iran has a plan ready to provide a tough answer for any US or Israeli military invasion.

EFE: China invested some 40,000 million dollars (30,600 million Euros) in the sectors of Iranian oil and gas as informed today by the official China Daily.

According to agreements signed between the two countries, Chinese investment in oil projects for prospecting and extracting, total 29, billion dollars, while the remaining 10 bilions will be destined for petro-chemistry, refineries, pipelines for both oil and gas.

August 4:

ANSA: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, made a call to be prepared for an eventual war that Israel wants to start in the Middle East, and warned that the confrontations with Lebanon show the desperate tactics of the Zionist regime and its disorganization.

DPA: Ahmadineyad made a speech in Hamedan in the western part of the country saying that the US can adopt so many different resolutions and sanctions against us, that it will make them sick; the speech was rebroadcast on public TV.

He added that in matters dealing with the nation of Iran, we don`t care and we shall never beg for your products.

August 5:

ANSA: Iran presented a protest to the UN for the declarations in which the head of the US Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullin said that Washington had a strategic plan for an eventual attack on Teheran.

He warned that they would react to any attack…

AP: Two Iranian diplomatic letters to international authorities show that there is little hope for moving forward in the upcoming nuclear negotiations since Teheran is continuing to be defiant and ill-disposed to make any concessions.

AFP: This Thursday China defended its business ties with Iran in spite of US pressure to strictly apply the UN sanctions…

August 9:

EFE: The IAEA confirms that Iran has gone to a second cascade of centrifuges in order to make the process of enriching uranium more efficacious at its Natanz nuclear plant, contradicting the UN resolutions on the matter.

DPA: The Russian-Iranian Bushehr nuclear plant will be inaugurated in September according to the spokesperson of the Iranian Foreign Office, Ramin Mehmanparast.

August 10:

ANSA: Iran will mass produce a copy of the Bladerunner 51, defined as the fastest motorboat in the world, equipping it with missiles and rockets, for use in the Gulf.

Statement made by a commander of the […] Guardians of the Revolution, according to information from the FARS agency.

ANSA: Today an Iranian agency published on its Internet site pictures of excavations it defines as common graves, prepared to bury the bodies of soldiers who try to invade the Islamic Republic.

The images presented by the Fars agency show in the first place the supreme guide, Ayatollah Ali Khomenei speaking to the Iranian troops and then […] it shows the excavations, in a desert area…

August 11:

DPA: Analyst Jeffery Goldberg Israel writes in an article in the September issue of the American journal ‘The Atlantic’ that Israel could attack Iran in the next 12 months even without Washington’s permission in the case that is it deemed to be the only manner of stopping the Iranian nuclear program.

August 13:

EFE: Iran’s first atomic plant, Bushehr, built by Russian specialists on the Banks of the Persian Gulf, will begin operations next August 21st, as announced today by the Rosatom Russian nuclear agency.

August 15:

EFE: White House National Security counsel James Jones said that Obama is getting ready to meet with Ahmadineyad if Iran fulfils certain conditions.

AFP: Iran announces that it will begin to build a new site for enriching uranium in 2011.

August 17:

XINJUA.: Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali-Akbar Salehi, warns that attacking the nuclear plants is an international crime and he said that any aggression against the Bushehr Plant would be followed by a serious reaction.

August 18:

REUTERS: […] the Islamic Republic will not dialogue with the US about its nuclear program unless the sanctions and military threats are abandoned.

ANSA: The Iranian plan to respond to an eventual American military attack includes closing the Straits of Ormuz, taking hostages from the American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and actions against Israel, according to a senior Iranian official.

EFE: The Rusian state consortium Atomstroyexport, which is in charge of the project, informed that Russia hopes to load the nuclear fuel into the reactor of the Bushehr plant in Iran by the end of September.

August 19:

AP: […] Admiral Mike Mullen, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other US officials and legislators threatened to use military action under the totally false pretense that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Mullen said […] that the US army has a plan to attack Iran […] he pointed out that the risk of Teheran developing an atomic weapon is unacceptable, and he repeated that the military option is still on the table.

August 20:

AFP: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad stated in an interview printed this Friday in Japan that Iran is ready to immediately participate in a dialogue with the great powers about an exchange of nuclear fuel.

On Wednesday the Supreme Guide Ali Khomenei declared that Iran would only negotiate with states about the nuclear program if Washington were to lift sanctions and stop making threats against Teheran.

AFP: The Treasury Department said that US officials began a tour through eight nations this Friday, among them Brazil and Ecuador in order to insist on the application of the sanctions imposed by Washington and the UN because of its nuclear program.

AFP: Iranian Minister of Defence Ahmad Vahidi announced on Friday that Iran effectuated a test run of a Qiam land-to-land missile, without giving details on the date of the launch. .”

August 21:

AFP: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad promised an answer on a planetary scale if his country is attacked, in an interview published on Saturday by the Qatar newspaper Al Sharq.

The Iranian president stated that their options will have no limits […] They will take in the entire planet. He was answering a question regarding the eventual reaction of Teheran to an attack.

ANSA: France and Great Britain today recieved with distrust the news from Iran of the Bushehr Nuclear Plant starting operations and they demanded guarantees about the truth of its civilian purposes, while Israel considered the event as unacceptable.

August 22:

AFP: On Sunday, Iranian leaders presented a drone bombing with a range of 1,000 Km at a ceremony destined to show the capacity of the Islamic Republic’s response to an eventual attack against its nuclear facilities.

REUTERS: On Saturday Iran began to load fuel into its first nuclear energy plant, a powerful symbol of its growing regional influence and of its rejection of international sanctions designed to prevent devlopment of an atomic bomb.

DPA: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs demanded in a communiqué quoted today by Radio Israel that the international community must increase pressure on Iran after the opening of its first atomic plant to prevent it from completing its nuclear program.

August 23:

DPA: The State Department pointed out today that the recent presentation of the first unmanned combat plane manufactured by Iran gave rise to new questions in the US about Iranian intentions, even though the greatest concern still focuses on Teheran’s nuclear program.

August 24:

XINHUA: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today said that the Islamic Republic places great priority on the broadening of its relations with all Latin American nations.

DPA: …Of course rejected the giving up of enriching uranium after the Bushehr Plant began operations in the southern part of the country last Saturday.

August 25:

DPA: The ISNA news agency informed that Iran showed itself today to be ready send military help to the Armed Forces of Lebanon if Beirut makes an official request,

Lebanon and also the Lebanese Army are our friends and if there should be an official request we would be prepared to help them and cooperate with them as much as possible, ISNA quoted the Minister of Defence Ahmad Vahidi.

August 26:

EFE: Today Russia declared itself to be ready to create with Iran a joint enterprise that would manufacture fuel for the first Iranian nuclear plant, Bushehr, even though it emphasized that enriching of uranium would only take place on Russian territory.

To the list of 238 reasons, one more was added yesterday, and another was added today.

August 27:

DPA: Today the director of the Iranian Atomic Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, informed that Iran produced 25 kilos of enriched uranium at 20 percent, to be used for medical purposes.

The ISNA news agency quotes statements by Salehi that Iran would try to use the enriched uranium to manufacture fuel. With that purpose, Iran foresees concluding construction of its first facility to manufacture fuel before September 2011.

August 28:

DPA: Today Press TV informed on its web page that Iran withdrew its funds from European banks in response to the latest sanctions decreed by the EU because of its controversial nuclear program.

President of the Central Iranian Bank Mahmud Bahmani described the decision as a precautionary measure in defence of a possible freezing of Iranian accounts; the amount withdrawn was not specified.

From September 7th, the UN Security Council will analyze whether Iran has stopped its nuclear program. If according to the latest resolution, the US or Israel try to inspect any Iranian merchant ship in international waters, they will have to use force. This is where we find ourselves at this time, without a doubt, uncertain.

Whoever has carefully read Jeffery Goldberg’s important article that will be published under the title “The Point of No Return” in The Atlantic journal, knows what this ancient and almost unsolvable contradiction between the two countries means, and no less in this nuclear era.

In my opinion, there is no possibility in the least that the Iranian political and religious leaders
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Nuclear war against Iran


by Michel Chossudovsky

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Video webcast: Michel Chossudovsky’s Presentation on The Dangers of a US Sponsored Nuclear War at the Perdana Peace Forum, Kuala Lumpur, December 2005


The launching of an outright war using nuclear warheads against Iran is now in the final planning stages.Coalition partners, which include the US,  Israel and Turkey are in “an advanced stage of readiness”.

Various military exercises have been conducted, starting in early 2005. In turn, the Iranian Armed Forces have also conducted large scale military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf in December in anticipation of a US sponsored attack.

Since early 2005, there has been intense shuttle diplomacy between Washington, Tel Aviv, Ankara and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

In recent developments, CIA Director Porter Goss on a mission to Ankara, requested Turkish Prime Minister  Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to provide political and logistic support for air strikes against Iranian nuclear and military targets.”  Goss reportedly asked ” for special cooperation from Turkish intelligence to help prepare and monitor the operation.” (DDP, 30 December 2005).

In turn, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has given the green light to the Israeli Armed Forces to launch the attacks by the end of March:

All top Israeli officials have pronounced the end of March, 2006, as the deadline for launching a military assault on Iran…. The end of March date also coincides with the IAEA report to the UN on Iran’s nuclear energy program. Israeli policymakers believe that their threats may influence the report, or at least force the kind of ambiguities, which can be exploited by its overseas supporters to promote Security Council sanctions or justify Israeli military action.

(James Petras,  Israel’s War Deadline: Iran in the Crosshairs, Global Research, December 2005)

The US sponsored military plan has been endorsed by NATO, although it is unclear, at this stage, as to the nature of NATO’s involvement in the planned aerial attacks

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Nuclear War against Iran
by Michel Chossudovsky

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Michel Chossudovsky’s Presentation on The Dangers of a US Sponsored Nuclear War at the Perdana Peace Forum, Kuala Lumpur, December 2005


The launching of an outright war using nuclear warheads against Iran is now in the final planning stages.Coalition partners, which include the US,  Israel and Turkey are in “an advanced stage of readiness”.

Various military exercises have been conducted, starting in early 2005. In turn, the Iranian Armed Forces have also conducted large scale military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf in December in anticipation of a US sponsored attack.

Since early 2005, there has been intense shuttle diplomacy between Washington, Tel Aviv, Ankara and NATO headquarters in Brussels.

In recent developments, CIA Director Porter Goss on a mission to Ankara, requested Turkish Prime Minister  Recep Tayyip Erdogan “to provide political and logistic support for air strikes against Iranian nuclear and military targets.”  Goss reportedly asked ” for special cooperation from Turkish intelligence to help prepare and monitor the operation.” (DDP, 30 December 2005).

In turn, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has given the green light to the Israeli Armed Forces to launch the attacks by the end of March:

All top Israeli officials have pronounced the end of March, 2006, as the deadline for launching a military assault on Iran…. The end of March date also coincides with the IAEA report to the UN on Iran’s nuclear energy program. Israeli policymakers believe that their threats may influence the report, or at least force the kind of ambiguities, which can be exploited by its overseas supporters to promote Security Council sanctions or justify Israeli military action.

(James Petras,  Israel’s War Deadline: Iran in the Crosshairs, Global Research, December 2005)

The US sponsored military plan has been endorsed by NATO, although it is unclear, at this stage, as to the nature of NATO’s involvement in the planned aerial attacks.

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Humanity must preserve itself in order to live for thousands of years


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“Humanity must preserve itself in order to live for thousands of years,” Fidel responded to Russian writer Daniel Estulin, author of the Bilderberg Club trilogy, who is visiting Havana. He stated that in relation to the visitor’s belief that in order to solve many of its problems, humanity will have to emigrate to other planets.

Humanity must preserve itself in order to live for thousands of yearsFidel emphatically affirmed that however enthusiastic we might feel about survival in other spaces within the solar system, it is better for us not to lose what we have on Earth, because that is the only way not to lose everything that lies beyond this planet.

With great difficulty, human beings have landed on the moon, an inhospitable satellite. Beyond that lie Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Venus and the other planets, which basically equate to dust clouds, incandescent ovens or ice.

The conversation between the leader of the Revolution and the writer was a profound, fascinating dialogue that lasted more than 90 minutes, every one of which was of surprising intensity.

THE SURVIVAL OF THE HUMAN RACE

“The obligation of all human beings is to ensure the survival of the entire human race. The Bilderberg Club wants to exclusively ensure the survival of its own species, an authentic minority,” affirmed Daniel Estulin after the formal introductions.

“You wrote very beautiful things about your grandfather,” Fidel remarked. “I loved my grandfather very much. He was a very special man. He was a well-known doctor, a surgeon, in Lithuania. My grandfather was from Crimea and during World War II, on just one day, the Nazis killed 11 of his siblings, as well as his mother, his father and his 104-year old grandfather. Imagine coming from a large family and the very next day, being left an orphan.”

He lived through World War I, the 1917 Russian Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. “At some point, in the chaos of the war, he lost track of his family. His wife and three children – aged eight, five and three years old – were captured by the Nazis, sent to a concentration camp and exterminated,” he recalled.

Estulin explained in detail to Fidel the history of his family, who emigrated to Canada in 1980 – it was there that he and his grandfather were reunited – of his pilgrimage through various countries of the world, and of his Sevillian wife. He has lived in Spain for the last 17 years. Although he was born in Lithuania, he is Russian, as is his mother tongue.

The Comandante was impressed with how fluently Estulin spoke Spanish. “I write in English for convenience, because most editors speak that language. My books have been published in more than 50 countries. I’ve been told that you read in English…”

“In Spanish with difficulty…” Fidel replied jokingly. But he does read many original English language texts translated into Spanish. One example he gave was Lincoln: “A biography by U.S. writer Gore Vidal. It is incredible how one man can reconstruct the whole atmosphere of that time and compare it to what is happening today.”

MILITARY BASES IN LATIN AMERICA

“They’re at war with Chávez because, against all odds, Venezuela is still one of the few countries in the world where there are no U.S. military bases. And they hate Cuba for the same reason: its independence. In Cuba, they cannot destroy the concept of ‘nation-state’, in my opinion the most important concept of the last 600 years,” affirmed Estulin.

“You left out Ecuador, which had a base in Manta for 10 years and they succeeded in removing it. There are bases in many other countries. Within a matter of hours, they can place troops in any nation,” Fidel observed. “As if they were branches of McDonalds,” said Estulin, ironically.

“With respect to direct bases, they have Guantánamo, they have the Malvinas…And in the other countries, they might seem not to have them but in reality they do. They engage in practices and exercises. They don’t have any in Venezuela. Colombia is a country converted into a base. They have them in Honduras. They don’t have them in Costa Rica but they do have 40 vessels there, included aircraft carriers, ‘nobly’ helping in the war on drugs. It’s completely cynical…” added Fidel.

For Estulin, the upcoming elections in Venezuela are crucial. It is not a case of two ideologically exclusive tendencies facing each other at the polls. Sources linked to the U.S. State Department have confirmed that – after the demonizing of Hugo Chávez and the Bolivarian process – there is a plan to install military bases in that country, which will not be possible with the sovereign and Latin Americanist policies of the Venezuelan leader.

The conversation continued on this subject and the challenges facing the new National Assembly that will emerge from the elections on September 26, which will see the return of an opposition that is out of practice in terms of legislating because of the years that it has remained outside of the process in its attempt to boycott the Bolivarian government.

Chávez – who recently paid a visit to Havana – is optimistic, confirmed Fidel and is working tirelessly on the peace process with Colombia. “He sleeps a little during the day and works all night long.”

But the world that Fidel is visualizing – and he says it himself – is not that one, a world of electoral conflicts. “In my opinion, the empire is going to fall. If there is a war, the whole world will fall. Our struggle is for no war, but not at any price. This is not about imposing conditions. There will be no war if nobody pulls the trigger, which is now in the hands of Obama, who is not a warmonger. As Israeli journalist Jeffrey Goldberg says, in his analysis of Bush: ‘I don’t personally expect Obama to be more Bush than Bush.’”

AL QAEDA

They commented on the string of attacks in Iraq the previous day. Sixty-two people were killed on the very same day that the U.S. troops officially left Baghdad. Fidel raised the question: “Who is in control there? There is also the situation in Afghanistan; there are some very interesting things related to what you wrote about Bali – the 2002 attack on a nightclub. That attack was attributed to Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is another mystery that is being uncovered.”

The Comandante en Jefe confirmed that he always had his suspicions about Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. “Every time that Bush went out to instill fear and make a big speech, Bin Laden appeared saying what he was going to do and making threats. Bush was never lacking in support from Bin Laden. I seemed line a tableau and it was Wikileaks that demonstrated that he was, effectively, a CIA agent. They proved it with documents.”

Estulin commented that high-ranking U.S. officials and intelligence services in other nations have acknowledged that the last time Bin Laden’s voice was heard was on December 21, 2001. “Since then, he has disappeared. Since that date, he has been replaced by a bad actor who dresses like him but doesn’t even look like him.”

RUSSIA IN THE SIGHTS

Once again, as in his conference with national colleagues the previous evening, Estulin took up the central thesis of his exposé: “The objective of the Bilderbergs is to destroy Russia as a military power and China as an economic power.” And he thanked Fidel again for including excerpts from his books in his recent Reflections, because, “They cannot silence what you say.” “It wasn’t always like that,” clarified the leader of the Revolution.

The journalist stated that the world superpowers are aware that the only state capable of militarily standing up the United States and destroying it is Russia, and emphasized that there is a third plan, the Barbarossa – as the Nazi invasion of the USSR was known – against the current Russia.

The Russian writer reiterated that the final objective of this whole montage, including a possible nuclear war, is to destroy Russia, the great military enemy of the United States. “Russia has the potential to wipe the USA off the face of the earth. It has much more powerful weapons that those that the U.S. arsenal might possible contain at this moment in time. For example, the P-7000 Granite, an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead of 500 kilotrons. It is launched from a submarine. It flies at a speed of 2,983 kilometers per hour. There is nothing in the world faster than that. The fastest U.S. aircraft flies at around 2,600 kilometers.

“There has been no talk about that,” Fidel commented. Estulin said, “They are extremely afraid of it. It is a fact that the Kursk nuclear submarine – sunk in the Barents Sea on August 12, 2000 – was carrying these weapons.”

That is one element to take into account when considering that “my country, Russia, is the Number 1 military enemy of the United States. Right now they are building 13 super-secret bases in Afghanistan and each one of these is larger than any other U.S. base in the world, and there are already more than 700. They are not building them to attack Iran but Russia’s southern border.”

Estulin has documented information on the strategic weapons aimed at his country, the plans for Afghanistan, historical precedents, and the collapse of the USSR.

Fidel listened to him very closely. “Accumulating more than 25,000 nuclear weapons isn’t for sane people. All of that was passing through my mind while you were speaking, and I was asking myself where it’s all going to stop. That was exactly what I wanted to discuss with you. I have devoted a lot of time to reading and collecting information. We dedicate all our time to informing ourselves, while those who make decisions than can determine the lives of millions of people are disinformed.”

ATOMIC MINI-BOMBS

The history of small-format atomic weapons dates back to the end of the 1950s or the early 1960s, for pacific use. Estulin explained, “When engineers wanted to open a pass through a mountain to build a tunnel, for example, they realized that there wasn’t a high enough quantity of dynamite to do so. So then they began to use controlled atomic energy. The military industry realized that it would also serve to kill people. Third- and fourth-generation weapons emerged from there.

Some of these weapons can be the size of a baseball. But there are two ways of constructing an atomic bomb: with uranium or with plutonium. The difference is the critical mass: that of uranium is more or less 50-52 kilos of the critical mass while of plutonium it is far less. The Hiroshima bomb was uranium and that of Nagaski, plutonium.

According to Estulin, terrorists have never had access to uranium bombs because, “we haven’t seen an explosion like that of Hiroshima since 1945. Terrorists do not have the technology to produce mini-nukes. Only the United States, Russia, France and Israel can do that.”

IN THE SIERRA MAESTRA

The bombs dropped from Batista’s airplanes, Fidel recalled, were sometime of 500 kilograms, and opened a large hole, but did not destroy many houses. “They fell, buried themselves and exploded,” Fidel added. “In the case of atomic bombs, the mushroom cloud and fire are two unmistakable signs accompanying them. I don’t remember that happening in the Sierra Maestra.

“They destroyed, without any doubt, but not in those apocalyptical dimensions of the nuclear bomb. “Once they launched two 500-kilogram bombs on us and I went to see them: they had damaged a little bit more than half a hectare, but there was no fire. We were about 100 meters from the place where they bombarded. They more or less knew where we were, because we had the enemy troops surrounded, there was never any fire. And they dropped bombs on us! That was the first we had to deal with, 20 minutes after starting any combat action.”

The Batista Army used those weapons very well, because the United States had trained them. “They used B-26s, as well as a kind of fighter plane with 8 machine guns and they had some Hunter Jets, three in all, two of them we used afterward to defend ourselves during the mercenary Bay of Pigs attack (1961). Those Jets were handled by pilots who were taken prisoner for refusing to carry out Batista’s orders and had been tried and punished for that.”

The Comandante en Jefe commented that all the dynamite used by the Rebel Arm in the war was taken from unexploded bombs. “Our people learned to uncover them and pull them out. We made contact mines with a little torch battery… Sometimes we would put in 20 kilograms of TNT and that could turn a light tank upside down; it could completely destroy heavy ones.

Fidel’s memories traveled back to the fighting methods of the Rebel Army, based on respect for dignity, the humane treatment of prisoners, and ethics in confronting an enemy which totally lacked that values. “No soldier is going to hand himself over if he knows that they are going to kill him. It was the simplest thing in the world for us to put out of action an army trained by the yankis, which came to consider itself invincible.”

Without abandoning the subject, Fidel asked Estulin what his argument was in response to people who challenge his investigations, specifically in terms of the effect of radiation where mini-nuke explosions had allegedly taken place.

According to the journalist, even in the language of those writing about the explosions one can find indications as to what produced them, although the most obvious evidence such as the effects of radiation on the people affected in the short-, mid- or long-term is concealed.

“For example, Fidel insisted, “Who is interested in the Oklahoma explosion?” The writer’s response prompted him to move on to interests beyond that of the U.S. presidency, which nobody reaches without being approved by those interests.

Estulin believes that the plans of the world elite are to exterminate surplus humans on a planet whose population is growing at a faster rate than the availability of resources in many regions.

Fidel only noted: “Humanity will have to resolve the issue of renewable energy…” and after commenting on the drama provoked by the forest fires in Russia, recommended to the journalist the documentary Home, which focuses on the challenges of human survival.”

THE BATTLE IS FOR THIS PLANET

Estulin posed the question of whether humanity could still be on this planet in 50-100,000 years’ time. For him, the response is: No. “There will be too many of us. The only alternative is that, through progress and development, we colonize the moon, Mars, space and assure ourselves that billions of humans can survive, and that for me is immortality.”

“What you say about human progress is correct,” Fidel replied, “But in my view, life is going to unfold here, on this planet. There is no atmosphere on Mars, the Moon and the other planets of the solar system. Your theory is absolutely right in the sense that humanity has to preserve itself in order to live for thousands of years, thanks to progress.

“But we have to fight against the forces that are preventing this progress.” And Fidel gave one example: “It is calculated that life began on this planet around four billion years ago, more or less. Oil began to be formed more or less 400 million years ago. Humans are wasting in less than 200 years the oil accumulated over 400 million years… The atmosphere cannot resist that consumption.”

Estulin affirmed his agreement. “I think that all of us have to fight as much as Fidel for the survival of the species…”

The author commented that many people believe that we have reached the point of no return, and that we have to stop dead. “The dangers are very great,” Fidel observed.

Estulin gave his books to Fidel and wrote as a dedication: “We shall win the war when the power of love exceeds the love of power.”

Fidel read it silently and then said out loud: “We will win the war by not waging it.”

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