Did the ruler have a clear vision Fidel Castro the scope of the 9/11 tragedy in the moments that followed the impact of the planes against the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC)?
In reality, the event revealed that Castro’s vaunted political capacity to anticipate and anticipate the consequences of momentous events was in full decline. The episodes of memory loss, the blackout in El Cotorro and the subsequent fall in Santa Clara were already beginning, prior to the intestinal accident that would formally remove him from power in 2006.
Reflecting on the tragedy of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Cuban ruler Fidel Castro credited the speculations of French journalist and political activist Thierry Meyssan in his book The great imposture (Editorial Carnot, 2002).
According to Castro:
- “Analyzing the impact of planes similar to the one projected against the Towers [Gemelas], fallen by accident in densely populated cities, it is concluded that no plane crashed on the Pentagon (…) Nor does any passenger appear who perished there. No one in the world had doubts about the news received of an attack on the Pentagon building. We were deceived like the inhabitants of the rest of the planet ”.
- “In the basements of those towers (…) there were about 200 tons of gold bars deposited. The order was to shoot to death anyone who tried to penetrate even the gold. The calculations on steel structures, plane crashes, black boxes found and what they revealed do not meet the criteria of mathematicians, seismologists, information specialists and demolition specialists ”.
Castro confirmed that “it is known that there was deliberate misinformation [y] possibly it will never be known what really happened ”.
On Castro’s agenda
On September 11, 2001, after six in the afternoon, Castro delivered a speech at the Ciudad Deportiva to almost 15,000 students and university graduates on the occasion of the transfiguration of the Salvador Allende Teacher Training School into the President Salvador Allende Pedagogical School.
The name does the thing if the thing does the name. From now on, primary school teachers would be trained “with new and proven methods [a través de] “higher education”.
Regarding the terrorist attacks, Castro told the audience his notion of the right to information: “We wanted our people to see the scenes and contemplate the tragedy.” Likewise, he advanced the Official Declaration of the Government of Cuba that would appear shortly after in the National Television Newscast (NTV).
At the same time that each crisis must be taken advantage of, Castro expressed his “total willingness to cooperate, to the extent of his modest possibilities, with health institutions and with any other institution of a medical or humanitarian nature. [de Estados Unidos] in the attention, care and rehabilitation of the victims caused by the events that occurred this morning. “
This is how he planted the seed that would germinate around September 2005 by once again offering medical aid to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Castro baptized the contingent of doctors mobilized for this purpose as the Henry Reeve Brigade, in honor of the young brigadier of American origin. [Brooklyn, 4 de abril de 1850] of the Cuban Liberation Army, who shot himself in the temple [Yaguaramas, 4 de agosto de 1876] so as not to be captured by the Spanish.
Only the White House declined the offer and this brigade, with its pompous official name of International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics, was released that same year in Angola and at the end of last year it was operating in more than 50 countries. .
Meyssan Rag Ball
Castro echoed Meyssan’s version as they did when retiring, for example, General Leonid Ivashov, who on September 11, 2001 served as Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, and even a senior civil servant of the first Bush administration, Morgan Reynolds, chief economist at the Secretary of Labor, as well as countless media, including The country, who praised Meyssan’s book, and The world, which published the Spanish version.
Apart from that Osama Bin Laden He proclaimed by video that he had planned and ordered the attacks, and that Sheikh Mohammed confessed to having chosen the targets and organized the infiltration of the acting terrorists into the United States, the facts are far from confirming Meyssan’s hypotheses:
- Passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 made phone calls to report that their plane had been hijacked. Many witnesses saw a plane hit several lamp posts on the highway before crashing into the Pentagon. The remains of the passengers and crew of that flight were photographed and recovered at the scene of the accident. The damage to the Pentagon building, made of reinforced concrete and with explosion-resistant windows, is consistent with the impact of a commercial aircraft, which has only the floor, the running gear and the engine as particularly solid cores.
- Planning implosions at the WTC Twin Towers would have required months of secret preparation to place charges and detonation cords on the support columns. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrated that the collapse began on the burned floors, to the exclusion of any other location, following the impact of the commercial aircraft of American Airlines Flight 11 against the north tower and Flight 175 of United Airlines against the south tower. In both cases the collapse was caused by impact damage in the time it took for the fire to reach critical locations to weaken the structures to the point where the towers could not resist the downward movement of the upper section.
Contrary to his flirtation with Meyssan’s hypotheses, Castro brought up the proven thesis that the attacks were carried out with four hijacked airliners (the United Airlines Flight 93 aircraft crashed in barren terrain near Shanksville, Pennsylvania), to say: “Cuba is the calmest country in the world” and distort the historical context with which “air hijackings, a method invented against Cuba, became a universal plague, and it was Cuba that, after all, solved that problem ”.
Air hijackings were not invented as a method against Cuba. The first dates from the spring of 1919: a Hungarian aristocrat whose name no one would want to remember [Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás] a plane was taken at gunpoint from the Budapest airport to escape to Vienna and thus escape the fleeting Soviet Republic of Hungary.
Although it has been reported as “the first air hijacking of Fidel Castro”, The tragic incident of Flight 495 (Miami-Varadero) – diverted on November 1, 1958 to end up falling in the Bay of Nipe with a balance of 17 deaths – occurred after the hijacking of a Cubana de Aviación DC-3 (Flight 266), on October 22, 1958, by militants of the July 26 Revolutionary Movement (MR-26-7), who forced the forced landing on the runway of the II Frank País Eastern Front, commanded by Raúl Castro.
After the tragedy in Nipe Bay, the MR-26-7 hijacked another Cubana de Aviación DC-3 (Flight 482), on November 6, 1958, to take it to the rebel zone.
Nor did Cuba solve the problem of air hijackings, which before the tragedy of 9-11 totaled 167 (1961-70), 307 (1971-80), 246 (1981-90) and 159 (1990-2001) worldwide. . Restraining them somewhat brought their direct cause of multilateral treaties such as the Tokyo Convention (1963) on Offenses and other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, the Hague Convention (1970) for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft and the Montreal Convention ( 1971) for the Repression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of International Civil Aviation.
After the latter came into force, the tense situation of air kidnappings related to asylum requests in Cuba: 22 (1968), 51 (1969), 44 (1970) and 20 (1971), was alleviated with only 6 (1972). ) and 2 (1973) kidnappings. The Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and Cuba on Air and Maritime Kidnappings and Other Crimes (1974) led to only one kidnapping this year.
However, in reciprocity to the unconditional support that Hebe de Bonafini, co-founder of the Argentine association Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, gave Cuba in the dispute with the United States, Castro remained silent and continued as if nothing had happened after Bonafini will publicly praise those who “declared war with their bodies, flying a plane to crash and do shit to the greatest power in the world.. I toasted my children, I toasted so many deaths, against the blockade … “
Another marked inconsistency by Castro was in maintaining that “Al Qaeda was a creation of the government [estadounidense como] justification for war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and one of the reasons (…) for the subsequent invasion and occupation of Iraq ”, as well as that“ the relations between the CIA and the head of the ‘Arab group’, Bin Laden, were maintained until the same day that the attack on the Twin Towers ”.
When Osama Bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad (Pakistan), Castro authorized to report that “a warrior” had died, although “surpassed by history”, and that his fall allowed Obama “Raise its downcast image and divert attention (…) from other burning issues.”
Genius and figure. Nothing else could be expected from Fidel Castro in his retreat.
THE IMAGE THAT ILLUSTRATES THIS ARTICLE: 11 septiembre, 11 AM, Sutton Place South, Manhattan (2001) Photograph by José A. Figueroa © Estudio Figueroa-Vives, Havana. On September 10, 2001, Figueroa visited the exhibition Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography After the Revolution (Gray Art Gallery, New York University). From the 11th to the 15th he would walk the streets to make a photographic record that, for the first time in history, New York could be seen as an empty city.