The unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany on May 9, 1945, attributed by Western official history to the joint effort of the allied troops, but especially to the final result of the so-called offensive of D-Day, which began 11 months earlier in Normandy, was actually the result of the overwhelming push of the Red Army, which alone was responsible for defeating Germany in the so-called Eastern Front, until finally crushing it in Berlin.
Regardless of the different views, we can say that the final defeat of the fascist armies of the Axis Rome-Berlin-Tokyo represented the greatest victory in the history of humanity against the forces of evil. Fascism, in its German, Italian or Japanese version, was the largest aggression ever conceived against human dignity, the scariest threat ever against all the peoples of the planet.
Fascism, historically, goes together with imperialist development, the dominance in society of monopoly forces in universal expansion. These, instead of disappearing, have become much more powerful in the past seven decades. Before World War II a fierce dispute matured between great capitals of Germany, Japan, Italy and England, France and USA, and the war itself consecrated the hegemony of the latter.
In particular the US hegemony, which in time ended establishing itself as the undisputed world power. A conflict that could oppose militarily the big powers doesn’t appear to be on sight, rather wars tend to materialize in the periphery, as local conflicts with a calculated foreign intervention. Obama recently boasted that no one in the world would be able to declare war to the United States.
American hegemony, translated into economic, technological, military and cultural terms, present itself to us as global. Imperialism no longer retains the form it had in the thirties, when interests of great powers were openly facing each other, but as an almost unique transnational power to which, one way or another, the interests of other countries are integrated, including the dominant ones in less developed countries.
The national bourgeoisies of yesteryear seem extinct, all are linked to transnational economic mechanism to which they no longer show to be subordinate but rather functional. More than the old aspiration to develop their own economic models, of national character, the predominant tendency is that of being linked to a single economic model, universal and of the neoliberal type in the context of higher international standards.
There is a center of world power, which imposes its criteria in different ways, making of the control of science, academy, the media and the mainstream press its main instrument of domination. It is no longer about the racial superiority proclaimed by the Nazis, but about the triumphant destiny of the great businessmen, entrepreneurs, facing the poor condition of the losers who failed to play in the natural logic of society.
The environmental disaster caused by the unbridled greed of big capital is an increasingly worrisome reality, as evidenced by the undergoing phenomenon of El Niño. Despite the increasing consciousness about it, it is practically impossible to get the competition among major global monopolies act to stop it. Study centers or prestigious universities still disqualify the existence of climate change, to the detriment of all mankind.
Wherever the armies of the great power and its allies have set foot, chaos has gripped national and social life. Just as there is an interest of the same powers over natural resources, products, markets or investments suddenly extremist forces are emerging aiming at overthrowing governments and plunge the population into despair. This is not about invading countries as before, but completely undermining them from within.
However there are countries like Russia and China resisting and going in their own direction. These of course must be as soon as possible cornered. They have to appear as evil, destabilize them no matter what it takes, without reaching a frontal war, inadvisable for now. They will fall, as it happened to the much more dangerous Soviet Union and its satellites in Eastern Europe. What does it matter if continents like Africa are increasingly sinking into AIDS, famine and drought?
As with Libya, Iraq or Syria, who can stop the brutality against Palestine? At the end of the day what is at stake there are the greatest interests of the great power and its Zionist ally. Which brings to mind the famous statement by President Santos and his spokesmen at the Negotiation Table in Havana. The economic model is not under discussion. There is therefore a decision to defend it from everything and everyone if necessary. Indeed, what did the sale of ISAGEN prove?
Despite all of this, the resistance of peoples stands firm everywhere. It achieves to prevent the PP from continuing to run Spain at will, it becomes thousands and thousands of immigrants arriving on European shores as pests, millions opposing in the streets of Brasilia and Rio to the coup against Dilma, marching multitudinously in Caracas supporting Maduro, it become a powerful echo for peace in Colombia, they are the enthusiastic people marching in Cuba on Workers’ Day.
It is then when we should keep in mind, more than ever, that the ultimate origin of fascism was the imperialist fear to changes driven by the struggles of peoples, everything was permissible in order to prevent those changes. History and the present certify that the big capital continues prepared to do that again. Its propagandists today, paradoxically, brand as fascist those opposing them, in order to legitimize the barbarism they use against them. The struggle can never stop, nor should we feel safe. Be careful.
Havana, May 9, 2016.