Missing the Point on Fighters & Capitalism

By Erasmo Calzadilla

Su-35 accompanied by Russian Airborne Troops, photo: Wikimedia Commons
Su-35 accompanied by Russian Airborne Troops, photo: Wikimedia Commons

HAVANA TIMES, May 4 – A few weeks ago, in the back of a weekly Cuban publication, there appeared an article about the virtues of the Russian SU fighter plane. The cost of producing each SU is $33 million (if I remember correctly) and they consume many tons of fuel with each flight. Armed with several types of rockets, radar systems, and other sinister novelties of war, the SU is a truly sophisticated and sublime killing machine.

If such a monster had been created in the US, the article would have been twice the length. The story would have launched a broadside against the craft’s role in ecological destruction, the arms race, resource depletion, and the millions of dead caused by American aggressions.

Where I want to go with all this is to question how the enemy has now turned out to be not capitalist exploitation, not transnationals that pay pittances to children in poor countries (producing brands sported even by our leaders), but US imperialism.

In absolutely no way am I defending that horror called US imperialism; nonetheless, to view all depravity as being concentrated in that country alone-in addition to being ridiculous-tends to reinforce the idea that evil is a question peculiar to those damned American warmongers, and not as being the logical consequence of the capitalist system.

So what was that article’s point? Is it now that weapons built by the Russians are not as bad as the American ones? Could it be that perhaps Russia is not also a capitalist empire?

It’s true that the Cuban government has better relations of all types with Russia, and that we Cubans benefit from them. Still, that cannot prevent us from calling things by their names, unless there is a desire to incubate the idea that to live under capitalism-or any other system in which power is concentrated in the hands of a few-is not such a bad thing after all.


Erasmo Calzadilla

Erasmo Calzadilla: I find it difficult to introduce myself in public. I've tried many times but it doesn’t flow. I’m more less how I appear in my posts, add some unpresentable qualities and stir; that should do for a first approach. If you want to dig a little deeper, ask me for an appointment and wait for a reply.

7 thoughts on “<em>Missing the Point on Fighters & Capitalism </em>

  • Also Robert,
    Change cannot happen because if it does ot will only repeat itself. The rep party as we speak is tryinG to scramble seeking change. CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE AND ALL THINGS STAY THE SAME
    Now what must happpen is Obama, once he takes his big head out of he caca will need to TRANSFORM the policies in the US. and transform the policies against the Cuban gov..

  • Marce..u go girl!! The party for the wealthy is not in power” in the US. Really? What rubbish. The Democratic Party is just as much a party of the wealthy as the Republicans. Always has been. All of the so called parties are wealthy highly educated bureaucrats. one just as bad as the other..with an intellectual in the lead..!!!

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