of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First
of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those
who have not read this book, to read it.
one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals,
Noam Chomsky, and this is one of his most recent books, 'Hegemony
or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States.' It's
an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening
in the world throughout the 20th century, and what's happening
now, and the greatest threat looming over our planet.
pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very
survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this
danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the
world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over
our heads. I had considered reading from this book, but, for the
sake of time, [flips through the pages, which are numerous] I
will just leave it as a recommendation.
easily, it is a very good book, I'm sure Madam [President] you
are familiar with it. It appears in English, in Russian, in Arabic,
in German. I think that the first people who should read this
book are our brothers and sisters in the United States, because
their threat is right in their own house.
is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the
devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right
here." [crosses himself] "And it smells of sulfur still today.
ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the
United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came
here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of
I think we
could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made
by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism,
he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current
pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples
of the world.
Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose
a title: "The Devil's Recipe."
says here, clearly and in depth, the American empire is doing
all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we cannot
allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be
parent's statement - cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial
hypocrisy from the need they have to control everything.
they want to impose a democratic model. But that's their democratic
model. It's the false democracy of elites, and, I would say, a
very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs and
What a strange
democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it or others who are
at the root of democracy.
of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs?
of the United States, yesterday, said to us, right here, in this
room, and I'm quoting, "Anywhere you look, you hear extremists
telling you can escape from poverty and recover your dignity through
violence, terror and martyrdom."
he looks, he sees extremists. And you, my brother - he looks at
your color, and he says, oh, there's an extremist. Evo Morales,
the worthy president of Bolivia, looks like an extremist to him.
see extremists everywhere. It's not that we are extremists. It's
that the world is waking up. It's waking up all over. And people
are standing up.
I have the
feeling, dear world dictator, that you are going to live the rest
of your days as a nightmare because the rest of us are standing
up, all those who are rising up against American imperialism,
who are shouting for equality, for respect, for the sovereignty
can call us extremists, but we are rising up against the empire,
against the model of domination.
say they want to impose a
democratic model. But that's their
democratic model. It's the false
democracy of elites, and, I would say,
a very original democracy that's
imposed by weapons and bombs
and firing weapons...
What type of democracy do you
impose with marines and bombs?
then - and this he said himself, he said: "I have come to speak
directly to the populations in the Middle East, to tell them that
my country wants peace."
If we walk in the streets of the Bronx, if we walk around New
York, Washington, San Diego, in any city, San Antonio, San Francisco,
and we ask individuals, the citizens of the United States, what
does this country want? Does it want peace? They'll say yes.
But the government
doesn't want peace. The government of the United States doesn't
want peace. It wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of
pillage, of hegemony through war.
peace. But what's happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon?
In Palestine? What's happening? What's happened over the last
100 years in Latin America and in the world? And now threatening
Venezuela - new threats against Venezuela, against Iran?
to the people of Lebanon. Many of you, he said, have seen how
your homes and communities were caught in the crossfire. How cynical
can you get? What a capacity to lie shamefacedly. The bombs in
Beirut with millimetric precision?
This is crossfire?
He's thinking of a western, when people would shoot from the hip
and somebody would be caught in the crossfire.
This is imperialist,
fascist, assassin, genocidal, the empire and Israel firing on
the people of Palestine and Lebanon. That is what happened. And
now we hear, "We're suffering because we see homes destroyed."
of the United States came to talk to the peoples - to the peoples
of the world. He came to say - I brought some documents with me,
because this morning I was reading some statements, and I see
that he talked to the people of Afghanistan, the people of Lebanon,
the people of Iran. And he addressed all these peoples directly.
And you can
wonder, just as the president of the United States addresses those
peoples of the world, what would those peoples of the world tell
him if they were given the floor? What would they have to say?
And I think
I have some inkling of what the peoples of the south, the oppressed
people think. They would say, "Yankee imperialist, go home." I
think that is what those people would say if they were given the
microphone and if they could speak with one voice to the American
is why, Madam President, my colleagues, my friends, last year
we came here to this same hall as we have been doing for the past
eight years, and we said something that has now been confirmed
- fully, fully confirmed.
I don't think
anybody in this room could defend the system. Let's accept - let's
be honest. The U.N. system, born after the Second World War, collapsed.
it's good to bring us together once a year, see each other, make
statements and prepare all kinds of long documents, and listen
to good speeches, like Abel's yesterday, or President Mullah's.
Yes, it's good for that.
are a lot of speeches, and we've heard lots from the president
of Sri Lanka, for instance, and the president of Chile.
But we, the
assembly, have been turned into a merely deliberative organ. We
have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible situation
in the world. And that is why Venezuela once again proposes, here,
today, 20 September, that we re-establish the United Nations.
imperialists see extremists
everywhere. It's not that we are
extremists. It's that the world is
waking up. It's waking up all over.
And people are standing up.
Madam, we made four modest proposals that we felt to be crucially
important. We have to assume the responsibility our heads of state,
our ambassadors, our representatives, and we have to discuss it.
is expansion, and Mullah talked about this yesterday right here.
The Security Council, both as it has permanent and non-permanent
categories, (inaudible) developing countries and LDCs must be
given access as new permanent members. That's step one.
methods to address and resolve world conflicts, transparent decisions.
the immediate suppression - and that is something everyone's calling
for - of the anti-democratic mechanism known as the veto, the
veto on decisions of the Security Council.
Let me give
you a recent example. The immoral veto of the United States allowed
the Israelis, with impunity, to destroy Lebanon. Right in front
of all of us as we stood there watching, a resolution in the council
we have to strengthen, as we've always said, the role and the
powers of the secretary general of the United Nations.
the secretary general practically gave us his speech of farewell.
And he recognized that over the last 10 years, things have just
gotten more complicated; hunger, poverty, violence, human rights
violations have just worsened. That is the tremendous consequence
of the collapse of the United Nations system and American hegemonistic
a few years ago decided to wage this battle within the United
Nations by recognizing the United Nations, as members of it that
we are, and lending it our voice, our thinking.
is an independent voice to represent the dignity and the search
for peace and the reformulation of the international system; to
denounce persecution and aggression of hegemonistic forces on
This is how
Venezuela has presented itself. Bolivar's home has sought a non-permanent
seat on the Security Council.
Well, there's been an open attack by the U.S. government, an immoral
attack, to try and prevent Venezuela from being freely elected
to a post in the Security Council.
is afraid of truth, is afraid of independent voices. It calls
us extremists, but they are the extremists.
And I would
like to thank all the countries that have kindly announced their
support for Venezuela, even though the ballot is a secret one
and there's no need to announce things.
the imperium has attacked, openly, they strengthened the convictions
of many countries. And their support strengthens us.
as a bloc, has expressed its support, our brothers in Mercosur.
Venezuela, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, is a full
member of Mercosur.
think I have some inkling of what
the peoples of the south,
the oppressed people think.
They would say, "Yankee imperialist,
go home." I think that is what those
people would say if they were given
the microphone and if they could
speak with one voice
to the American imperialists.
other Latin American countries, CARICOM (Caribbean Community and
Common Market), Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela.
The Arab League, the full Arab League has voiced its support.
And I am immensely grateful to the Arab world, to our Arab brothers,
our Caribbean brothers, the African Union. Almost all of Africa
has expressed its support for Venezuela and countries such as
Russia or China and many others.
I thank you
all warmly on behalf of Venezuela, on behalf of our people, and
on behalf of the truth, because Venezuela, with a seat on the
Security Council, will be expressing not only Venezuela's thoughts,
but it will also be the voice of all the peoples of the world,
and we will defend dignity and truth.
above all of this, Madam President, I think there are reasons
to be optimistic. A poet would have said "helplessly optimistic,"
because over and above the wars and the bombs and the aggressive
and the preventive war and the destruction of entire peoples,
one can see that a new era is dawning.
Rodriguez says, the era is giving birth to a heart. There are
alternative ways of thinking. There are young people who think
differently. And this has already been seen within the space of
a mere decade. It was shown that the end of history was a totally
false assumption, and the same was shown about Pax Americana and
the establishment of the capitalist neo-liberal world. It has
been shown, this system, to generate mere poverty. Who believes
in it now?
What we now
have to do is define the future of the world. Dawn is breaking
out all over. You can see it in Africa and Europe and Latin America
and Oceanea. I want to emphasize that optimistic vision.
We have to
strengthen ourselves, our will to do battle, our awareness. We
have to build a new and better world.
joins that struggle, and that's why we are threatened. The U.S.
has already planned, financed and set in motion a coup in Venezuela,
and it continues to support coup attempts in Venezuela and elsewhere.
Michelle Bachelet reminded us just a moment ago of the horrendous
assassination of the former foreign minister, Orlando Letelier.
And I would
just add one thing: Those who perpetrated this crime are free.
And that other event where an American citizen also died were
American themselves. They were CIA killers, terrorists.
And we must
recall in this room that in just a few days there will be another
anniversary. Thirty years will have passed from this other horrendous
terrorist attack on the Cuban plane, where 73 innocents died,
a Cubana de Aviacion airliner.
is the biggest terrorist of this continent who took the responsibility
for blowing up the plane? He spent a few years in jail in Venezuela.
Thanks to CIA and then government officials, he was allowed to
escape, and he lives here in this country, protected by the government.
And he was
convicted. He has confessed to his crime. But the U.S. government
has double standards. It protects terrorism when it wants to.
is to say that Venezuela is fully committed to combating terrorism
and violence. And we are one of the people who are fighting for
Carriles is the name of that terrorist who is protected here.
And other tremendously corrupt people who escaped from Venezuela
are also living here under protection: a group that bombed various
embassies, that assassinated people during the coup. They kidnapped
me and they were going to kill me, but I think God reached down
and our people came out into the streets and the army was too,
and so I'm here today.
Silvio Rodriguez says, the era is
giving birth to a heart. There are
alternative ways of thinking.
There are young people who think
differently. And this has already
been seen within the space of a mere
decade. It was shown that the end of
history was a totally false assumption,
and the same was shown about
Pax Americana and the establishment
of the capitalist neo-liberal world.
people who led that coup are here today in this country protected
by the American government. And I accuse the American government
of protecting terrorists and of having a completely cynical discourse.
Cuba. Yes, we were just there a few days ago. We just came from
you see another era born. The Summit of the 15, the Summit of
the Nonaligned, adopted a historic resolution. This is the outcome
document. Don't worry, I'm not going to read it.
But you have
a whole set of resolutions here that were adopted after open debate
in a transparent matter - more than 50 heads of state. Havana
was the capital of the south for a few weeks, and we have now
launched, once again, the group of the nonaligned with new momentum.
And if there
is anything I could ask all of you here, my companions, my brothers
and sisters, it is to please lend your good will to lend momentum
to the Nonaligned Movement for the birth of the new era, to prevent
hegemony and prevent further advances of imperialism.
And as you
know, Fidel Castro is the president of the nonaligned for the
next three years, and we can trust him to lead the charge very
they thought, "Oh, Fidel was going to die." But they're going
to be disappointed because he didn't. And he's not only alive,
he's back in his green fatigues, and he's now presiding the nonaligned.
So, my dear
colleagues, Madam President, a new, strong movement has been born,
a movement of the south. We are men and women of the south.
document, with these ideas, with these criticisms, I'm now closing
my file. I'm taking the book with me. And, don't forget, I'm recommending
it very warmly and very humbly to all of you.
We want ideas
to save our planet, to save the planet from the imperialist threat.
And hopefully in this very century, in not too long a time, we
will see this, we will see this new era, and for our children
and our grandchildren a world of peace based on the fundamental
principles of the United Nations, but a renewed United Nations.
we have to change location. Maybe we have to put the United Nations
somewhere else; maybe a city of the south. We've proposed Venezuela.
that my personal doctor had to stay in the plane. The chief of
security had to be left in a locked plane. Neither of these gentlemen
was allowed to arrive and attend the U.N. meeting. This is another
abuse and another abuse of power on the part of the Devil. It
smells of sulfur here, but God is with us and I embrace you all.
May God bless
us all. Good day to you.
here: What's Going On At The U.N.? (Hugo Chavez's speech at
the U.N., Sept 16, 2005).