Julie Webb-Pullman reports

The Bald-Faced Lie of Democracy, and the Patent Irrelevance of the UN

The latest UN vote on Cuba could not be a better and more flagrant example of just how well democracy works in the world, and an even better example of just what value the UN has in upholding not only democracy but also the principles of international law on which the organisation is supposedly founded.

For the 21st year in a row, the overwhelming majority of the countries in the United Nations voted to lift the United States blockade on Cuba – this year the vote was 188 for, with three against (the US, Israel, and Palau).

For the 21st year in a row, we can probably rest assured that the US, Israel and quisling Palau will prevail DESPITE this international democratic decision, and the blockade on Cuba will remain in place, as it has done in face of the last 21 votes in Cuba’s favour.

The implications for the Middle East are considerable.

If the 50-year+ blockade on Cuba can remain in place despite 21 years of UN votes against it, what hope is there for Gaza, and the illegal and criminal siege to which they are currently subjected by Israel? For Iran, and its blockade under the guise of sanctions, merely for having the potential to do what the US and Israel have already done without censure or sanction?

If this is the outcome for much-touted ‘democratic processes’ and ‘international law’ elsewhere, why should the Middle East and its ‘Arab Spring’ think that its revolutions, its move from ‘tyrannical rule’ to ‘democracies’ will be subject to any less tyranny than that wielded over the entire world by the US, Israel and the Palau poodle?

Unless and until an international system is developed that is capable of breaking the hypocritical stranglehold over international mechanisms by the US, Israel and their pathetic puppy, and of ENFORCING the outcomes of their democratic processes as well as the principles of international law, nothing will change – except the names.

TEXT OF CUBAN EMBASSY PRESS RELEASE RE UN VOTE

Press Release
13 November 2012

International community unequivocally rejects the blockade impose by the United States of America against Cuba.

For the twenty first consecutive time Tuesday November 13th, 2012, Cuba obtained a significant victory in the United Nations General Assembly, when once again the resolution entitled “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba” was adopted with the almost unanimous support of UN Member States.

The resolution passed with a vote in favour of 188 countries. Only the USA, Israel and Palau voted in isolation against the text.

This result reaffirms once more the unequivocal rejection of the international community to the US blockade against Cuba and also shows its support for the just demand of the Cuban people to put an end to this illegal policy.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States government against Cuba has been maintained and further tightened despite the growing and categorical demand by the international community —in particular the United Nations General Assembly— for its elimination.

The blockade violates International Law, runs contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter, and constitutes a contravention of a sovereign state’s right to peace, development and security. In its essence and objectives, the blockade represents an act of unilateral aggression and a permanent threat against the stability of a nation. The blockade constitutes a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of human rights of the entire Cuban population. It also violates the constitutional rights of US citizens by denying them the freedom to travel to Cuba, and encroaches on the sovereign rights of many other states because of its extraterritorial nature.

The extra-territorial application of the blockade has been extraordinarily reinforced, as proven by the strengthening of the sanctions and persecution against third countries’ citizens, institutions and companies that establish or intend to establish economic, commercial, and financial relations with Cuba.

At the same time, the persecution of Cuba’s international financial transactions included those coming from multilateral organizations for the cooperation with the island, has been increased under the current US administration.

The blockade continues to be an absurd, illegal and morally unjustifiable policy which has not succeeded and never will succeed in undermining the Cuban people’s patriotic decision to defend its sovereignty, independence and right to self-determination. It has only succeeded in subjecting the Cuban population to shortages and needless suffering, in restricting and hindering the development of the country and in seriously damaging the Cuban economy. It is the main hindrance to Cuba’s economic and social development.

The direct economic damage to the Cuban people by the implementation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba until December 2011 based on the current prices and calculated in a very conservative way, amount to over 108 billion dollars.

The blockade policy is not only rejected by the overwhelming majority of the international community, but also is increasingly rejected within the United States. The United States must lift it immediately and unconditionally.

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