- Les Blough, Editor
Axis of Logic
Axis of Logic
Caracas, 06 Sep. AVN.- Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro sent his United States counterpart Barack Obama a letter of peace on behalf of Venezuela and “independent voices who love Humanity.”
Following, the complete text sent to the White House:
Caracas 1 September 2013
President of the United States of North America
On behalf of the people of Simon Bolivar and Comandante Hugo Chavez, I am writing to you in defence of the cause of peace and as a staunch enemy of war. This letter calls on you to reflect on the unjust, nefarious and frightening possibility of a U.S. military intervention against the people of Syria.
These words have no other intention, President Obama, than to accompany the people’s demands for a world where peace is the everyday way of understanding ourselves as brothers and sisters. I make these beautiful words of Simon Bolivar mine, entirely mine,
In the same way, this is about following the path that Jesus of Nazareth shows us on that beautiful beatitude:
After that important meeting that Secretary of State John Kerry and our Chancellor Elias Jaua had on the occasion of the 43rd General Assembly of the Organisation of American States, held in the city of Antigua, Guatemala , I stated the following :
Referring to Bush and the Pentagon hawks, Susan Sontag, that great US and universal conscience, said with sharp irony:
As you well know, it was a well put together farce, but which resulted in the destruction of Iraq and which killed a million Iraqis. Everything Sontag says is perfectly applicable to Syria here and now: the farce is being repeated point by point. Again, immoral and criminal war is justified by itself, period.
By the way, yesterday the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) held its VII Summit in Paramaribo, Suriname Republic. The South American bloc issued a joint statement with its position on Syria. I draw your attention to this document condemning external interventions that are inconsistent with the United Nations Charter and also rejecting the development of interventionist strategies of all kinds.
Remember yourself, President Obama, remember where you came from, remember your African-American roots. Remember the shining examples of dignity of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King in which you were educated, and that led you to fight for a better future. Remember your origins: remember yourself as that young leader and social activist from Chicago. Remember how you directly opposed the Iraq war and rejected the whole network of lies with which they tried to justify it.
Do not disregard the beating of consciousness in these words of Malcolm X, which are completely applicable:
Taking inspiration from the spirit and words of brother Malcolm, I want to convey a firm conviction: Today we are millions of men and women around the planet who take on the right to demand that you definitively reject the possibility of a military venture against the noble people of Syria. As the great John Lennon sang: “All we are saying is give peace a chance”.
Does Obama know he is fighting on the side of Al-Qaeda? goes the title of an enlightening article by Robert Fisk recently published in The Independent. Fisk says:
There you find the dangerous sea of contradictions on which the U.S. foreign policy has fallen.
I would anxiously ask you, President Obama, in the light of Fisk’s reflection: are you going to declare and start a war to promote the accession to power of Al-Qaeda in Syria?
May the Syrian people resolve their conflicts themselves, under the sacred right to self-determination that is bestowed on all sovereign nations. All mercenary forces should that have caused so much destruction and so much death already, should leave Syria.
As comandante Chavez said, this is a new Armageddon. In a world that is under the real threat of a permanent war, no one is safe. Is that the world you want? A world where the peace of cemeteries reigns?
At this time of crucial decisions, we wonder together with Howard Zinn:
What we do in pursuit of lasting peace and stability of any nation on the planet will never be enough, because the wellbeing of a people exalts us while their pain diminishes us to the vilest inhumanity.
We, from the love of peace that the Venezuelan people cultivate, reject war and say no to bombs, desolation and death. That is our hope, the same that fed the soul of Martin Luther King when he said:”If I knew that the world would end tomorrow, I, today would still plant a tree”. This tree is the one we want to flourish in these tense and ominous times.
I aspire and hope that the call that I have made to you in this letter, Mr. President, doesn’t fall on empty ears. I aspire and hope that you rectify and proceed to stop the war machine that has already been set up. I aspire and I hope that you stop the beating of the funeral drums of war on Syria. I pray for it to be so.
Peace in Syria and the world!
Chavez lives, the homeland continues!
(note: mild editing by Axis of Logic, e.g. blocked quotes & emphases)
Source: Venezuela News Agency (AVN)