The Sheraton Hotel and the Atomic Fascists
This op-ed article from Argentina's Argen Press warns of the 'worsening in the alarming tendencies of the Bush Administration' by highlighting the recent treatment meted out to a Cuban delegation at a U.S.-owned hotel in Mexico. According to the column, the Bush Administration's recent behavior is reminiscent of the eruption of fascism before WWII.
By Angel Guerra Cabrera
Translated by Molly K. Smith
February 9, 2005
Argen Press - Original Article (Spanish)
A Demonstration at the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City,
Feb. 7, Over the Expulsion of a Cuban Delegation at
the Behest of the U.S. Treasury Department. Mexican
Officials Say That the Hotel Could Be Fined
for the Action. (above and below).
The Sign Above Reads 'Discrimination is Illegal.' (above).
expulsion of a Cuban delegation from the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel in the
Mexican capital confirms a worsening in the alarming tendencies of the Bush Administration.
In a heretofore unprecedented act of interference, the U.S. hotel chain in
Mexico, as is common knowledge, acted in accordance with U.S. laws and in
express compliance with the instructions of the Department of Treasury in
Washington. If any doubt remained, a State Department spokesperson said with
respect to the incident: "The laws of the U.S. apply to any … U.S.
subsidiary, regardless of where it is, whether that be in Mexico City, in
Europe or in South America."
fits in well with what is a constant of the Bush Administration: the wanton
disrespect of both domestic and international law, but in the case of this
incident, it was carried out more brazenly and forcefully than usual. It seems
to be a desperate attempt to divert attention from its own serious economic,
political and social problems at home, international discredit and the quagmire
in Iraq. It also reflects the deep
hatred that Cuba generates in the Oval office, due to the White House's failed
attempts to make Cuba bend to its will.
meeting at the Sheraton had one distinguishing feature: it was held between
United States businesses that have an interest in Cuban oil production as well
as associating with Cuban government oil officials. But the Treasury Department had been notified
of this meeting beforehand, and international media were reporting on it before
and during the meeting.
Mexico between American business executives and Cuban representatives have
taken place in recent years, at hotels belonging to the world superpower,
without resort by Washington to punitive measures. The action taken against the
Cuban delegation bespeaks of an intensified aggressiveness, as was also evident
in the agitated statements made against Cuba and Venezuela by Secretary of
Defense Donald Rumsfeld and by Director of National Intelligence John
Negroponte. Those comments implicated the brand new government of Evo Morales
in Bolivia, and by extension any attempt in Latin America to advocate policies
that differ from those of the U.S.
The same aggressiveness
was seen in Bush's fascist "State of the Union" address. The speech reflected
a frustrated government in a weak political position that obstinately refuses
to listen to any criticism and looks set to continue in the same behavior that
has led it into this situation.
lose sight of the fact that the United States is the supreme military power,
and although it has been ridiculed several times with its handling of widely
publicized wars, such as in Vietnam and in Iraq for the past three years, it
continues to have an endless capacity for destruction, even more so today in
the hands the fanatic and unscrupulous Bush gang.
return to the hostility against Cuba, what just happened in Mexico is linked to
an ensemble of previous U.S. actions, already discussed in this column, in
which the turbulent North more and more involves the European Union. The E.U. parliament recently approved a
motion to condemn the "human rights" situation in Cuba. The hypocrisy
of the condemnation is more notorious in that it doesn't include, even just as
a token, the least censure of the concentration camp installed by the U.S. in
Cuban territory, illegally usurped from the Guantanamo Naval Base.
the Second World War, we witnessed the eruption of fascism. Now we are
witnessing this same trend, but in the U.S., and we are again experiencing the
blindness and cowardice of the greatest powers in the world.
danger is enormous as the Pentagon, in an abrupt change in its military
doctrine, has begun to contemplate plans for the "preventive" use of
atomic weapons. Serious and well informed researchers such as Michel
Chosudovsky, are right when they argue that the possible aggression against
Iran will be carried out with this type of weapon, because in reality, the U.S.
doesn't currently have enough infantry to occupy the ancient land of the
Sheraton incident should not be underestimated. A new form of atomic fascism is clearly seen in this brutal act.