The Lines of Chávez # 39 We are Africa… We are South America!


Caracas, Sept 28 ABN. (Hugo Chavez Frias).- This week has had an unquestionable significance for the battle of ideas fought by Venezuela every day, together with the peoples from the South, in the international field. The real and true battle of ideas took place at the 64th UN General Assembly in New York. First, I want to highlight that there was no doubt in New York when condemning the Honduran dictatorial regime. The entire world, with the exception of the dark state of Israel, demands the return of heroic President Zelaya (who has already returned to his Homeland) to his post, and the re-establishment of democracy in that brotherly nation; a nation that has won the glory thanks to its determination and unbreakable people’s resistance.

Now then, the verbal condemnation is not enough. Honduras is having an ill-fated time: It is up to us to firmly show that we are really brothers and sisters of this fraternal Central American people. If we fall behind, we will give license to death.

If we provide an account, I will mention three memorable and fundamental speeches delivered at the UN General Assembly: I am talking about Muammar al-Gadaffi’s, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s and Evo Morales’.

Gadaffi set the record straight on the urgent need of rebuilding the foundations of the UNO. I endorse all the points and considerations about the organization and functioning of the Security Council, as well as the protagonist role that the General Assembly should have.

Lula stressed the rebuilding of the world economic order on new foundations. We totally agree with him: The world can not be guided by the same norms and values imposed after World War II.

Again, the wisdom of our native people spoke through the voice of Evo. His defense for the rights of Mother Earth against the threat of climate change was lucid and touching. And, with all due reason, he proposed that the developed countries must recognize the debt they owe to the planet.

Venezuela went to the United Nations to recall that if the world wants to change, as we noticed at the General Assembly through different voices, it must rely on the peoples of Our America and the Caribbean.

I want to resume the point of my speech on September 24th: There is a revolution in South America, in the Caribbean. And the world needs to see it, to assume it and accept it because it is an irreversible reality. Likewise, it is a revolution going beyond ideological issues: it is a geographical and geopolitical revolution; it is a revolution of times, a moral revolution. It is a necessary revolution.

This necessary revolution is big, and it will continue growing as time passes by. It is big due to the time it has inside; it is big due to the space it covers.

I do not want to give these reflections on the 64th UN General Assembly without referring to President Obama’s speech. I recognize that there are certain alarming voids and incongruence in his speech – for instance, he did not mention Honduras -, his language is very different from Bush’s. The verbal difference he has shown in his speech must translate into a consistent praxis, but he first has to overcome the duality of his performance.

If Obama is willing to join us in the creation of a new world order featuring understanding, sense and respect, he will be welcomed. But if he lets the Pentagon (a state inside the state) pressure him, and follows the same old imperial script, then he would go down in history as the man that had the opportunity to strongly contribute to the cause of humanity, and preferred to move away for fear of facing, with other nations, the challenge to build a world without imperial hegemony in equal conditions and peace.

The historians of 19th century were in charge of falsifying the African continent and planting it with misconceptions, which have been reinforced by the media. They sold us perverse ideas such as the one telling us that the history of the African peoples started with the European presence, that they are inferior, violent, and ignorant due to their race, that they are lazy and have not known how to use their resources, that they do not have modern states because they have preferred to be dependent and backward. This distortion of reality, we have to say it, has been planned to reproduce the discourse and praxis of the most brutal domination by colonizers from the past and today’s transnational capital. They do not know the African strength and cultural legacy because ambition and attacks still survive in the soul of the manufacturers of lies.

I can not help recalling what the martyr President of the Republic of the Congo said on June 30, 1960, Independence Day: “We are proud of this struggle, of tears, of fire, and of blood, to the depths of our being, for it was a noble and just struggle, and indispensable to put an end to the humiliating slavery which was imposed upon us by force. This was our fate for eighty years of a colonial regime; our wounds are too fresh and too painful still for us to drive them from our memory.”

By paraphrasing Lumumba, I want to add: our wounds are still too fresh in 2009. The memory of Africa is a deep wound.

It is too easy to affirm that the future of Africa depends on the Africans, and then ask them to forget colonialism and imperialism. Mother Africa can not forget, so can not Our America. No people can be the owner of their fate if they forget.

Thus, South America stands up, opens its arms and strengthens bonds with the African peoples because it understands that, in both parts of the Atlantic, our blood, history and hope are the same. This has been the spirit of the II Africa-South America Summit: An spirit that encourages us to find the political, social and economic union with Africa by focusing on the new multipolar world order. We have the duty of building this new order if we want to sing the common anthem of true justice and real fraternity in the planet.

Africa and South America are essential in the foundation of a new universal balance, and this includes the union of our wills and the proposal of new common and feasible goals.

I would like to finish with an ancient proverb from Senegal: “He who wants honey has the courage to confront the bees.”

We want the sweet honey for our children, and the children of our children. We have more than enough courage: We will move forward and confront the bees.”

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