Friday, February 23, 2007

Insulza Watch (part 3)

Any ordinary person can go ahead and read the OAS Charter and see for themselves how US policy towards Cuba violates its very principles. But, its an interesting psychology on how those 13 US Representatives can't see it.

As I have mentioned before, all of the Latin American nations in 2005 signed a resolution that condemned the US embargo towards Cuba. And, looking at the OAS Charter, it is very clear why they did. According to chapter 4, article 20, "[n]o State may use or encourage the use of coercive measures of an economic or political character in order to force the sovereign will of another State and obtain from it advantages of any kind."

According to chapter 5, sections 25 and 26, peaceful settlement of disputes between OAS members shall follow "direct negotiation, good offices, mediation, investigation and conciliation, judicial settlement, arbitration, and those which the parties to the dispute may especially agree upon at any time... In the event that a dispute arises between two or more American States which, in the opinion of one of them, cannot be settled through the usual diplomatic channels, the parties shall agree on some other peaceful procedure that will enable them to reach a solution."

Sanctions are not mentioned.

In fact, the OAS Charter has an entire Chapter titled "Integral Development" with emphasizes economic cooperation and integration between member States. According to chapter 7, article 35, "[t]he Member States should refrain from practicing policies and adopting actions or measures that have serious adverse effects on the development of other Member States."

Obviously, the US embargo towards Cuba fails in these respects.

So, its funny how 13 US Representatives signed this letter to the OAS Secretary General to tell him that he is "contradicting" the OAS Charter. But, things are not so weird when we find out who signed this ridiculous letter.


not Alisa said...

The current government of Cuba has been excluded from the OAS since 1962, they can not expect to be protected by it's policies.

Since we are talking about violating international agreements, do you think that Cuba lives up to or violates the Universal Declaration of Human rights of which it is a signatory?

Thanks for playing.

Mambi_Watch said...

Not Alisa,

You question seeks to obviate the main issue: 13 US Representatives signed a letter, directed to the OAS Secretary General, whose main grievance is baseless and contradictory.

Obviously, Cuba violates several human rights and the treaties that seek to protect them. But, so do many other countries violate the rights of people. Let's acknowledge the work of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.

But, it is totally contemptuous to the OAS Charter (and other treaties), which the US is signatory to, to cite only ONE section and ignore the rest of the body and spirit of the treaty.

Sadly, those 13 US Representatives are not defending the OAS Charter, they are exploiting it.

raul said...

Not Alisa,

These people never answer what you ask them. It's always the, "so and so did it, so we do too..." As if a bad action by somebody in Mombasa excused the barbaric behavior of the Cuban Disgovernment.

Now to Oscar and the rest:

Hello all you "mambises encueros" of the apologist movement for the Castro Brothers. Just out of curiosity, how much are you paid for trying to dishearten the "gusanos" who continue bravely fighting against Fidel el Gastronomo Castro? Tokyo Rose had nothing on you guys, you know that?
Amazing that Cubans would stoop so low to defend Castro, Che, and all those goons.

Subject: Tokyo Rose Remembered- On the Garbage Detail

From Walt, a WW II vet from the Pacific war zone

She had the best music on her station and most people just laughed. The ship I was on was sunk no less than five times but each time Davy Jones threw her back up.

Tokyo Rose During World War II -- the Japanese developed a way to demoralize the American forces. Psychological warfare experts developed a message they felt would work.

They gave the script to their famous broadcaster "Tokyo Rose" and every day she would broadcast this same message packaged in different ways, hoping it would have a negative impact on American GI's morale.

What was that demoralizing message? It had three main points:

1. Your President is lying to you.

2. This war is illegal.

3. You cannot win the war.

Does this sound familiar?

Is it because Hillary, Harry, John, Teddy, Nancy, etc. have picked up the same message and are broadcasting it on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc., to our troops?

The only difference is that they claim to support our troops before they demoralize them.Come to think of it, Tokyo Rose told the troops she was on their side, too.

raul said...

They were excluded from the OAS because they, Castro and the others, insulted everyone and claimed they didn't need the OAS, South America, the USA, Europe, or the World. They had missiles and Castro was going to use them against the USA. Now, after destroying the country with inefficiencies, inefficacies, mismanagement, ineptitude, and criminal actions of all kinds, they need these "colados" in Miami and Los Angeles or New York to apologize for their savagery, their neanderthalism, so they can get some tourists to their apartheid hotels built by Spanish friends of the bearded Gastronomo with the rotten feces coming out his second anus.

Go figure.