AIDS threaten the security of the United States

“Each fired weapon is a theft to those who starve and do not get food, and against those who are cold and do not get clothes,” said general Dwight Eisenhower April 16, 1953, when wars were not labeled as humanitarian, but rather as a clash between professional armies. Writer Eduardo Galeano says that maybe wars are humanitarian in the sense that they kill more civilians each time and he quotes an article that appeared in The New York Times on December 21, 1989, in which the invasion in Panama is praised as a successful “initiation ritual of President Bush that thus proved his will to shed blood.” George W. Bush, his son and the actual president of the United States assured, “My hand won’t shake” to indult those who are condemned to death.
Each year we commemorate the anniversary of the war in Vietnam, which has been the biggest civilian extermination. Three million people died over a period of 15 years, in which American officials declared, “We have to destroy as many Vietcong villages as possible in order to save them.” The consequences those redeeming bombardments with napalm and chemical weapons used as defoliating agents have caused that 1,000 children get surgery each year for genetic malformations; while 300,000 children born after the war suffer from deformities, cancer, and alterations in their brain and their genitals. Let us not forget between 1962 and 1975, US airplanes dropped 76 million herbicides on Vietnamese grounds to avoid that the Charlies found a shelter, just like they want to do in Colombia to destroy the coke fields and all the available biodiversity.
It is convenient to remember that nobody has ever bombarded American soils, while its army has bombed 19 countries in the second half of the 20th Century: China, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lebanon, Granada, Libya, Nicaragua, Panama, Iraq, Bosnia, Sudan, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia. At least Clinton responded when he was president, “Unfortunately, we cannot respond to all the humanitarian crises that take place in the world.”
We make these reflections before the National Security Council’s announce that “the United States now consider AIDS to be a threat to its security... because it is a pest that can crumble governments, intensify ethnic conflicts and to impede the creation of a market economy in foreign democracies.” Humanity, remain alert!

José Carlos Gª Fajardo
Translated by Carlos Miguélez

This article was published in the Center of Collaborations for Solidarity (CCS) on 12/13/2004