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
Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the
United States. [Holds up book, waves it in front of General
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. The devil 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.
Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the President of
the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came
here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the
I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's
statement made by the President of the United States. As the
spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to
preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage
of the peoples of the world.
An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even
propose a title: "The Devil's Recipe."
As Chomsky says here, clearly and in depth, the American empire is
doing all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we
cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to
The world parent's statement --
cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial hypocrisy from the need
they have to control everything.
They say they want to impose a democratic model. But that's their
democratic model. It's the false democracy of elites, and, I would
say, a very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs
and firing weapons.
What a strange democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it or others
who are at the root of democracy.
What 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 color, and he says, oh, there's an extremist. Evo
Morales, the worthy President of Bolivia, looks like an extremist to
The imperialists see extremists everywhere. It's not that we are
extremists. It's that the world is waking up. It's waking up all
over. And people are standing up.
I have the feeling, dear world dictator, that you are going to live
the rest of your days as a nightmare because the rest of us are
standing up, all those of us who are rising up against American
imperialism, who are shouting for equality, for respect, for the
sovereignty of nations. Yes, you can call us extremists, but we
are rising up against the empire, against the model of domination.
The President then -- and this he said himself, he said: "I have
come to speak directly to the populations in the Middle East, to
tell them that my country wants peace."
That's true. If we walk in the streets of the Bronx, if we walk
around New York, Washington, San Diego, in any city, San Antonio,
San Francisco, and we ask individuals, the citizens of the United
States, what does this country want? Does it want peace? They'll say
But the government doesn't want peace. The government of the United
States doesn't want peace. It wants to exploit its system of
exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war.
It wants 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
He spoke to the people of Lebanon. Many of you, he said, have seen
how your homes and communities were caught in the crossfire. How
cynical can you get? What a capacity to lie shamefacedly. The bombs
in Beirut with millimetric precision?
This is crossfire? He's thinking of a
western, when people would shoot from the hip and somebody would be
caught in the crossfire.
This is imperialist, fascist, assassin, genocidal, the empire and
Israel firing on the people of Palestine and Lebanon. That is what
happened. And now we hear, "We're suffering because we see homes
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
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
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 [ph] yesterday, or President Mullah's
[ph]. 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.
But we, the assembly, have been turned into a merely deliberative
organ. We have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible
situation in the world. And that is why Venezuela once again
proposes, here, today, 20 September, that we re-establish the United
Last year, Madam, we made four modest proposals that we felt to be
crucially important. We have to assume the responsibility our heads
of state, our ambassadors, our representatives, and we have to
The first is expansion, and Mullah [ph] 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 one.
Second, effective methods to address
and resolve world conflicts, transparent decisions.
Point three, the immediate suppression -- and that is something
everyone's calling for -- of the anti-democratic mechanism known as
the veto, the veto on decisions of the Security Council.
Let me give you a recent example. The immoral veto of the United
States allowed the Israelis, with impunity, to destroy Lebanon.
Right in front of all of us as we stood there watching, a resolution
in the council was prevented.
Fourthly, we have to strengthen, as we've always said, the role and
the powers of the secretary general of the United Nations.
Yesterday, 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 pretensions.
Madam, Venezuela a few years ago decided to wage this battle within
the United Nations by recognizing the United Nations, as members of
it that we are, and lending it our voice, our thinking.
Our voice is an independent voice to represent the dignity and the
search for peace and the reformulation of the international system;
to denounce persecution and aggression of hegemonistic forces on the
This is how Venezuela has presented
itself. Bolivar's home has sought a nonpermanent seat on the
Let's see. Well, there's been an open attack by the U.S. government,
an immoral attack, to try and prevent Venezuela from being freely
elected to a post in the Security Council.
The imperium is afraid of truth, is afraid of independent voices. It
calls us extremists, but they are the extremists.
And I would like to thank all the countries that have kindly
announced their support for Venezuela, even though the ballot is a
secret one and there's no need to announce things.
But since the imperium has attacked, openly, they strengthened the
convictions of many countries. And their support strengthens us.
Mercosur, as a bloc, has expressed its support, our brothers in
Mercosur. Venezuela, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, is a
full member of Mercosur.
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
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 [ph] 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
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
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.
And 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 where is the biggest terrorist of this continent who took the
responsibility for blowing up the plane? He spent a few years in
jail in Venezuela. Thanks to CIA and then government officials, he
was allowed to escape, and he lives here in this country, protected
by the government.
And he was convicted. He has confessed to his crime. But the U.S.
government has double standards. It protects terrorism when it wants
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.
But these people who led that coup are here today in this country
protected by the American government. And I accuse the American
government of protecting terrorists and of having a completely
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 Nonaligned, 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 nonaligned with new momentum.
And 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 Nonaligned 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 nonaligned for
the next three years, and we can trust him to lead the charge very
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
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
With this document, with these ideas, with these criticisms, I'm now
closing my file. I'm taking the book with me. And, don't forget, I'm
recommending it very warmly and very humbly to all of you.
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.
And maybe we have to change location. Maybe we have to put the
United Nations somewhere else; maybe a city of the south. We've
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.