Thu, 22 Sep 2016 20:44 UTC
On the International Day of Peace, Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the imperialist and warmongering policies of Israel and the United States during his address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York Wednesday.
"Israel's warmongering policies are probably one of the most barbaric examples in the world," said Morales, vigorously condemning Israeli attacks against Palestinian civilians. "We have to stop the genocide against the Palestinians."
As for the U.S., they must immediately end the blockade on Cuba and gave the island reparations, he said.
Imperialism and capitalism are the root causes of the issues humanity is facing in the 21st century, he added, and the main objective of humanity should be "to eradicate" capitalism.
"Capitalism is the worse enemy of life and humanity, and of future generations; it destroys Mother Earth; concentrates wealth the hands of a few; and generates extreme poverty," he told global leaders.
"If we don't build another system soon for society, we will replace sustainable development with sustainable death," he warned.
"A lot of people in the world are either refugees or displaced, because of global warming or because of the wars and conflicts, while more than 800 million people in the world are hungry," he stated. "This is the face of capitalism."
"We condemn violence and terrorism but in order to address terrorism we must address the roots of this plague: wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few: the greater the poverty and inequality, the greater the discrimination, which encourages violence."
The leader highlighted that since Bolivia kicked out U.S. military bases, the fight against drug trafficking has significantly improved, as the U.N. documented—contradicting what Washington argues.
"Terrorism and drug trafficking are twins that the North American empire uses in order to invade and control the world, I am certain of that," he said.
"When the Drug Enforcement Agency was in Bolivia, only half of the drugs seized was incinerated, the other was to get rich," he said, quoting information from military officials.
He also rejected the management of Luis Almagro as the head of the Organization of American States, "We don't need a manager from the empire to govern us," he said, stressing that the existence of the OAS would no purpose if the organization did not respect the sovereignty of peoples.
He expressed his support for the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro which has been targeted by Almagro.