Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.
Since the second half of the twentieth century, one resource to intervene in the political changes of a country, which was an object of US interest, was to resort to assassinations. As a method, political assassination, it is characterized by a conspiracy with internal elements which, advised by the intelligence apparatus and financed by the imperial power, are violently disposed to the physical elimination of a Head of State.
It has long been used, even within the empire, against presidents of one party or the other. Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan have been the object of assassinations or attempted assassinations. As an undeclared practice, but one that fulfills interventionist objectives, it was used to prevent the rise of liberation movements or governments that came to power through revolutions. By 1981, the participation of the Central Intelligence Agency in the overthrow and assassination of presidents or revolutionary leaders in different parts of the world was proven with irrefutable data.
1953: Overthrow of the government of Mohammad Mossadegh, in Iran.
1954: Military rebellion and overthrow of the government of Jacobo Árbenz, in Guatemala.
1958: Conspiracy to assassinate Gamal A. Nasser, president of Egypt. Nasser, president of Egypt.
1959: Assassination of the prime minister of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, S. Bandaranaike.
1961: Assassination of the prime minister of the Republic of Congo, Patrice Lumumba.
1969: Assassination of the leader of the Mozambique Liberation Front, Eduardo Mondlane.
1973: Assassination of the secretary general of the African Party of Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, Amilcar Cabral.
1973: Coup d’état and assassination of the president of Chile, Salvador Allende.
1977: Assassination of the president of the People’s Republic of Congo, M. Ngouabi.
The list would be endless, but in the examples cited above, the participation of the CIA, which also has a negative record of more than 600 attempts on the life of Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, was shown.
In the current conditions of the empire’s growing loss of world predominance, it is a resource potentially used as a means of force in the face of the failure of economic, financial or diplomatic methods of pressure. Neither archived nor forgotten, assassination continues to be a possibility to intervene in processes of social change, despite the so-called soft coup in non-conventional wars. The most recent examples are the coup d’état against Evo Morales, in the case of Bolivia, and the assassination attempt against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, two years ago.
Why assassination? Because their victims, of course, those who are not part of the empire, are people committed to building a better future for their people, which is at odds with hegemonic ambition.
That is why they wanted to assassinate at point blank range the Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, for her dedication to her country, for the welfare of the most dispossessed. That is a sacrilege for the oligarchy that, full of impotence and frustration before the popular acceptance of the vice president, was not enough with an equally criminal legal process, such as the judicialization to which she is subjected. They wanted her dead and used a social outcast eager to vent their hatred for that purpose.