Reflections by the Commander in Chief
Another argument for the Manifesto
Why did I once claim, in one of my reflections, that Bush had authorized or ordered my death?
That phrase may appear ambiguous and vague. Perhaps it would be more accurate, though even more confusing, to say that he both authorized and ordered my death. Allow me to explain immediately:
The denunciation surrounding his plan to assassinate me was made before he snatched an electoral victory from his opponent through fraud.
As early as August 5, 2000, I
denounced these plans in Pinar del Rio, before a vast congregation of combative
citizens who had gathered there for the traditional July 26 festivities, held
in that province, in Villa Clara and Ciudad de
Attempts to identify those responsible for the hundreds of plans to assassinate me meet with a shroud of secrecy. All direct and indirect means have been used to bring about my removal. Following Nixon’s morally forced renunciation Ford forbade the participation of government employees in assassination schemes.
I am convinced that Carter, bound by
ethical convictions of a religious nature, would never have ordered any such
action against me. He was the only
I don’t know that
However, it is also a fact that,
during his administration, Posada Carriles hired Central American mercenaries
to place bombs in the hotels and recreational centers of cities like
At the close of 1997, the 7th Latin
American Summit of Heads of State and Government, which I was obliged to
attend, was to be held on
On October 27 that year, a vessel
The semi-automatic rifles were the
property of Francisco José Hernández, Chairman of the Cuban American National
Foundation. The yacht "
American officers in
In December 1999, the detainees were
acquitted by an indulgent jury, for “lack of evidence”. The rigged proceedings
were manipulated by Héctor Pesquera, corrupt FBI officer who was later rewarded
with the directorship of FBI headquarters in
The notorious Cuban-American mafia was
preparing for the November 2000 presidential elections. Both parties were
contending for its support, for the
In the address I mentioned above, I literally said, among other things:
"The so-called Republican Convention has just come to an end. It was
held in none other than the city of
“(…) the first announcement made at the Republican Convention just held in Philadelphia under the leadership of the party’s illustrious candidate, [in violation of major international agreements], was the plan to considerably raise the military budget for research and development, and the construction of an antimissile shield to cover the entire nation with a radar network that could detect enemy missiles en route to U.S. territory and shoot them down in mid-air.
“Those holding these views are unable
to understand that such a policy would meet with the overwhelming opposition of
the rest of the world, including
I dared predict these events seven years before Bush’s recent visit to the Albanian capital, which was the subject of one of my reflections.
I continued my address as follows:
“The authors of the plan know very well
that slightly more than half the American people, who are still confused and
insufficiently informed about this complex issue, believe that to be the most
suitable solution in the interest of the country’s peace and security. However,
the adoption of this extreme position by the Republican candidate vis à vis any
other more sensible or reasonable proposal from his opponent would present him
to voters as the strong, farsighted, tough guy that the United States needs to
confront all imaginary or real dangers. This is the good news they sent out
was still well before witnessing the occupation of
proceeded to denounce Bush’s program vis-à-vis
“What does this smart platform have to
offer Latin America and the
“It later adds: ‘In concert with the
Congress, (the president) will work with key democracies (…) and --above all--
“As expected, the highly biased Philadelphia platform devotes a substantial part of its section on Latin America to Cuba: ‘Our economic and political relations will change when the Cuban regime frees all political prisoners, legalizes peaceful protest, allows opposition political activity, permits free expression, and commits to democratic elections.’ For the authors of this demagogic abomination, freedom and democracy mean an outdated, corrupt system in which it is money alone that decides and elects, and in which a presidential candidate is nominated, with lightning speed, as the heir to a vacant throne”.
“Another wire story reports that: ‘The
platform, aside from active support for the enemies of the Revolution, includes
the broadcasting of news from the
"[At a press conference,
"To top off the mountain of garbage contained in the Republican platform, it is finally stated: ‘Republicans believe that the United States should adhere to the principles established by the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, which recognizes the rights of Cuban refugees fleeing communist tyranny’”.
“The prestige of the imperial policy will so crumble that not even its dust will remain. We will systematically denounce and demolish one by one, its hypocrisy and lies. They obviously have absolutely no idea what kinds of people have been forged in these 40 years of Revolution.
"Our message will reach all corners of the Earth, and our struggle will serve as an example. The world, ever more ungovernable, will fight until hegemony and the subjugation of peoples become totally unsustainable.
"Whoever is elected leader of the empire should not ignore that Cuba demands the total removal of the murderous Cuban Adjustment Act and the criminal pieces of legislation that bear the notorious names of Torricelli and Helms-Burton as well as the genocidal blockade and economic war. It should be noted that those who have authored, promoted and enforced these laws and policies are guilty of the crime of genocide, as defined and condemned by international treaties signed by both the United States and Cuba”.
"They must not forget that although no lawsuits have been filed so far demanding compensation for moral damage --and this compensation could be substantial-- the U.S. government already owes the Cuban people over 300 billion dollars for the human damage resulting from its mercenary invasion by the Bay of Pigs, its dirty war and many other crimes”.
"They should not entertain any
“A growing number of millions of Americans are becoming aware of the horrors of the economic and political order imposed on the world”.
“The Cuban Revolution does not merely confide in the moral integrity and patriotic and revolutionary spirit of its people, and in the survival instinct of the human species, whose very existence is threatened. It also believes and confides in the traditional idealism of the American people that can only be led into unjust wars and shameful aggressions through vulgar deceit. Once demagoguery and lies are definitely exposed and defeated, the world will find excellent allies in the American people. This is what happened in the case of the repugnant war that cost the lives of millions of Vietnamese and over 50,000 young Americans. A more recent example is the American people noble support of a little boy and a Cuban family, victims of a brutal crime perpetrated by a band of criminals who, after having taken advantage of that country’s hospitality, ended up showing their hatred and frustration by trampling and burning the U.S. flag.
"The changes in
"From here, from this province
where the Bronze Titan ultimately crowned, in
"We are defended by the strength of our prestige and the example we have set, the indestructible steel that is the justice of our cause, the inextinguishable fire of our truth and our morale as well as the double trench of stone and ideas that we have built which is unassailable.
"That is why, Mr. Bush, if you finally become the leader of what no longer is and can no longer be called a republic but rather an empire, then, in the spirit of an honest adversary, I suggest that you leave aside the euphoria and fever of your Convention, and reconsider your position in order to avoid the risk of becoming the tenth American president to come and go watching with sterile and unnecessary bitterness a Revolution that will not bow down or surrender and that can never be destroyed.
“I am very much aware of what you have recklessly told your close and indiscreet friends in the Cuban-American mob: that you can solve the problem of Cuba very easily, in clear reference to the methods used in the sinister era when the Central Intelligence Agency was directly involved in assassination plots against our country’s leaders. Because I do not share this narrow view of the role of individuals in history, I urge you not to forget that for every one of the revolutionary leaders you may decide to so remove, there are millions of men and women in Cuba who are capable of taking their places and altogether there are far more of them than you could ever remove, or that your immense political, economic and military power could ever defeat".
I believe this long reflection is yet another argument in support of what I expounded on in the Manifesto for the People of Cuba.
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 24, 2007