Reflections by Comrade Fidel: ‘An atrocious act’
Published Jan 12, 2011 3:42 PM
Jan. 8 — Sad news was broadcast this afternoon from the United
States: Gabrielle Giffords, Democratic congresswoman for Arizona, was the
victim of a criminal attempt while taking part in a political meeting at her
electoral district in Tucson. On the other side of the border lies Mexico, the
Latin American country to which that territory used to belong when, in an
unjust war, more than one half of its area was seized from it.
Along its arid surface, many of those who emigrate from Mexico, Central America
and other Latin American countries try to escape hunger, poverty and the
underdevelopment to which those countries have been led by the United States.
Money and goods can freely cross the border; human beings cannot. Without
mentioning the drugs and weapons that cross that line in either direction.
Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans who work in that country doing the
toughest and worst paid jobs are captured each year and sent back to their
points of departure, many times separated from their closest kin. They were
hoping that the new administration would correct that criminal and inhuman
According to just-arrived news, 18 people were shot and six died, among them a
9-year-old girl and Federal Judge John Roll.
The congresswoman was seriously wounded by a bullet in the head. Doctors were
fighting to save her life.
She is married to NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. She was first elected to Congress
in 2006 at the age of 36. “She is a supporter of migrant reform, stem
cell research and alternative energy,” measures that are hated by the far
She was re-elected as the Democratic representative in the past elections.
When her father was asked whether she had any enemies, he replied: “The
entire Tea Party”.
It is known that the former U.S. vice-presidential candidate in the 2008
elections and Tea Party leader Sarah Palin published on her website, as the aim
for supporters of her party, a map of the congressional districts of 20 of the
Representatives who had backed President Obama’s proposed health reform
bill and she had them marked with the viewfinder of a rifle.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ political opponent was a former Marine
who appeared in the electoral campaign with an M-16 in a message which
apparently stated: “Help get rid of Gabrielle Giffords ... shoot the
entire ammo chamber of an M-16 with Jesse Kelly.”
In March 2010, Gabrielle’s district office was attacked. She stated that
when people do that they were going to have to be aware of the consequences;
political leaders should get together and set limits.
Any sensible person could well wonder whether such an act happened in
Afghanistan or in an electoral district in Arizona.
Obama stated: “ ... an unspeakable tragedy, a number of Americans were
shot. ... “
“And while we are continuing to receive information, we know that some
have passed away, and that Representative Giffords is gravely wounded. ...
“We do not yet have all the answers. What we do know is that such a
senseless and terrible act of violence has no place in a free society. ...
“I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping Representative
Giffords, the victims of this tragedy, and their families in our
His appeal is quite dramatic and very sad. Even those of us who don’t
share his political or philosophical ideas in the least sincerely hope that no
children, judges, congressmen or any U.S. citizen should die in such an absurd
and unjustifiable way.
It is sad to remember that in the world every year many millions of people are
dying as the consequence of absurd wars, poverty, growing famines and the
deterioration of the environment promoted by the wealthiest and most developed
nations on the planet.
We would like Obama and the United States Congress to share those concerns with
all the other peoples.
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