Rise Up Against the Empire
The following address to the United Nations by President Hugo Chavez reminds one of Sir David Kelly's words in "The Hungry Sheep": "Man is everywhere essentially the same; no people is sealed hermetically to the universal appeal of charity and reason, and every people which has accepted Christianity, and with it the Greek and Roman mental discipline, is a member of the Western tradition. The great tragedy is that the great impact of the West on Asia, and later Africa, set in at the very moment when the West was already rejecting its own standards and denying the sources of its own vitality, losing its balance and making material progress its only value."
Sir David referred to the astounding mass-success of a handful of early missionaries in India and Japan - but whose efforts were mainly frustrated by the Dutch Calvinistic traders. And therein lie the roots of one of the West's woes. The Christian standard of values didn't apply to both the Church and the Market Place.
As President Chavez notes: the Pax Americana system "was shown to be merely a system which generates poverty. Who believes in it now?"
"Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it. Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, and this is one of his most recent books, "Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States". [Holds up book, waves it in front of General Assembly.] It's an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening in the world throughout the 20th century, and what's happening now, and the greatest threat looming over our planet.
The hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads. I had considered reading from this book, but, for the sake of time," [flips through the pages, which are numerous] "I will just leave it as a recommendation. It reads easily, it is a very good book, I'm sure Madame [President] you are familiar with it. It appears in English, in Russian, in Arabic, in German. I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States, because their threat is right in their own house.
is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house. "And
the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here."
[crosses himself] "And it smells of sulfur still today.
democracy with marines and bombs
type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs? The president of the United
States, yesterday, said to us, right here, in this room, and I'm quoting, "Anywhere
you look, you hear extremists telling you can escape from poverty and recover
your dignity through violence, terror and martyrdom." Wherever he looks,
he sees extremists. And you, my brother -- he looks at your colour, and he says,
oh, there's an extremist. Evo Morales, the worthy president of Bolivia, looks
like an extremist to him.
The president then
-- and this he said himself, he said:
peace. But what's happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon? In Palestine? What's
happening? What's happened over the last 100 years in Latin America and in the
world? And now threatening Venezuela -- new threats against Venezuela, against
The president of the United States came to talk to the peoples -- to the peoples of the world. He came to say -- I brought some documents with me, because this morning I was reading some statements, and I see that he talked to the people of Afghanistan, the people of Lebanon, the people of Iran. And he addressed all these peoples directly. And you can wonder, just as the president of the United States addresses those peoples of the world, what would those peoples of the world tell him if they were given the floor? What would they have to say?
And I think I have some inkling of what the peoples of the south, the oppressed people think. They would say, "Yankee imperialist, go home." I think that is what those people would say if they were given the microphone and if they could speak with one voice to the American imperialists. And that is why, Madam President, my colleagues, my friends, last year we came here to this same hall as we have been doing for the past eight years, and we said something that has now been confirmed -- fully, fully confirmed.
I don't think anybody in this room could defend the system. Let's accept -- let's be honest. The U.N. system, born after the Second World War, collapsed. It's worthless. Oh, yes, it's good to bring us together once a year, see each other, make statements and prepare all kinds of long documents, and listen to good speeches, like Abel's yesterday, or President Mullah's . Yes, it's good for that. And there are a lot of speeches, and we've heard lots from the president of Sri Lanka, for instance, and the president of Chile.
Call to re-establish the UN
first is expansion, and Mullah talked about this yesterday right here. The Security
Council, both as it has permanent and non-permanent categories, (inaudible) developing
countries and LDCs must be given access as new permanent members. That's step
the secretary general practically gave us his speech of farewell. And he recognized
that over the last 10 years, things have just gotten more complicated; hunger,
poverty, violence, human rights violations have just worsened. That is the tremendous
consequence of the collapse of the United Nations system and American hegemonistic
And many other Latin American countries, CARICOM, Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela. The Arab League, the full Arab League has voiced its support. And I am immensely grateful to the Arab world, to our Arab brothers, our Caribbean brothers, the African Union. Almost all of Africa has expressed its support for Venezuela and countries such as Russia or China and many others. I thank you all warmly on behalf of Venezuela, on behalf of our people, and on behalf of the truth, because Venezuela, with a seat on the Security Council, will be expressing not only Venezuela's thoughts, but it will also be the voice of all the peoples of the world, and we will defend dignity and truth.
Over and above all of this, Madam President, I think there are reasons to be optimistic. A poet would have said "helplessly optimistic," because over and above the wars and the bombs and the aggressive and the preventive war and the destruction of entire peoples, one can see that a new era is dawning. As Sylvia Rodriguez says, the era is giving birth to a heart. There are alternative ways of thinking. There are young people who think differently. And this has already been seen within the space of a mere decade. It was shown that the end of history was a totally false assumption, and the same was shown about Pax Americana and the establishment of the capitalist neo-liberal world. It has been shown, this system, to generate mere poverty. Who believes in it now?
What we now have to do is define the future of the world. Dawn is breaking out all over. You can see it in Africa and Europe and Latin America and Oceanea. I want to emphasize that optimistic vision.
We have to strengthen ourselves, our will to do battle, our awareness. We have to build a new and better world. Venezuela joins that struggle, and that's why we are threatened. The U.S. has already planned, financed and set in motion a coup in Venezuela, and it continues to support coup attempts in Venezuela and elsewhere. President Michelle Bachelet reminded us just a moment ago of the horrendous assassination of the former foreign minister, Orlando Letelier. And I would just add one thing: Those who perpetrated this crime are free. And that other event where an American citizen also died were American themselves. They were CIA killers, terrorists.
we must recall in this room that in just a few days there will be another anniversary.
Thirty years will have passed from this other horrendous terrorist attack on the
Cuban plane, where 73 innocents died, a Cubana de Aviacion airliner.
And this is to say that Venezuela is fully
committed to combating terrorism and violence. And we are one of the people who
are fighting for peace. Luis Posada Carriles is the name of that terrorist who
is protected here. And other tremendously corrupt people who escaped from Venezuela
are also living here under protection: a group that bombed various embassies,
that assassinated people during the coup. They kidnapped me and they were going
to kill me, but I think God reached down and our people came out into the streets
and the army was too, and so I'm here today.
We mentioned Cuba. Yes, we were just there a few days ago. We just came from there happily. And there you see another era born. The Summit of the 15, the Summit of the Non-aligned, adopted a historic resolution. This is the outcome document. Don't worry, I'm not going to read it. But you have a whole set of resolutions here that were adopted after open debate in a transparent matter -- more than 50 heads of state. Havana was the capital of the south for a few weeks, and we have now launched, once again, the group of the non-aligned with new momentum.
if there is anything I could ask all of you here, my companions, my brothers and
sisters, it is to please lend your good will to lend momentum to the Non-aligned
Movement for the birth of the new era, to prevent hegemony and prevent further
advances of imperialism. And as you know, Fidel Castro is the president of the
non-aligned for the next three years, and we can trust him to lead the charge
very efficiently. Unfortunately they thought, "Oh, Fidel was going to die."
But they're going to be disappointed because he didn't. And he's not only alive,
he's back in his green fatigues, and he's now presiding the non-aligned. So, my
dear colleagues, Madam President, a new, strong movement has been born, a movement
of the south. We are men and women of the south.
We want ideas to save our planet,
to save the planet from the imperialist threat. And hopefully in this very century,
in not too long a time, we will see this, we will see this new era, and for our
children and our grandchildren a world of peace based on the fundamental principles
of the United Nations, but a renewed United Nations.
You know that my personal doctor had to stay in the plane. The chief of security had to be left in a locked plane. Neither of these gentlemen was allowed to arrive and attend the U.N. meeting. This is another abuse and another abuse of power on the part of the Devil. It smells of sulfur here, but God is with us and I embrace you all.
May God bless us all.
Good day to you.
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