Yesterday I received the visit of the President of the
As he passed through
I was extremely pleased that his visit was so prompt,
not only for the honor his presence and speedy actions imply, involved as he is
with the difficult job of moving forward Hugo Chavez´ epic struggle, but also
because of the exceptional activities he is carrying out.
Our world is living through an exceptional and unique
moment: each day there are more persons involved. Among such events, one of the most dramatic
is the genocide happening in the Gaza Strip where 1.8 million human beings live
penned up between the desert, the sea and the military power of a Middle
Eastern country where the most powerful empire ever existing has created, over
more than fifty years and at a cost of close to
a hundred billion dollars (by some estimates), a sophisticated and at
the same time irresponsible nuclear military power. Many people are wondering:
Who is governing whom? – the
The facts are visible.
Missiles with programmed targets, rapid and precise bombing raids,
armored artillery and modern tanks, attacking buildings filled with people, as
well as hospitals, schools and service facilities killing defenseless children,
young people, the elderly, mothers and fathers.
Atrocities have occurred
before. Of course, without going back to
past millennia, but to the struggles that occurred prior to W.W. II: the war in
Ethiopia, the Spanish Civil War, the bombing of Guernica, the Japanese war to
conquer China, US interventions in Latin America: events that created commotion
but which in no way resembled the horrific scenes we are seeing these days in
the images citizens watch in their homes on TV. Politicians are in upheaval and
chaos becomes evident in world politics.
That’s why it was
so useful to meet with the Venezuelan President. However it seemed to me that staying quiet
would benefit no-one. I very sincerely congratulated him for what he is doing for the
martyr-people in the Gaza Strip.
Countries suffering a tragedy deserve continuous help within the measure
of the country’s resources, no matter how tough their own situation may
be. That is what
I congratulated Maduro
for his extraordinary solidarity with the heroic people of the Gaza Strip. News of the genocide and the high numbers of
children, mothers and other persons injured or killed by the Israeli genocidal
attacks had barely arrived when he ordered a US-made military transport plane that
has only with great difficulty been able to withstand the blockade on spare
parts by its manufacturers, and he sent it loaded with essential equipment,
medicines and food to Egypt, destined for Gaza; he also sent the indefatigable
Minister of Foreign Affairs to Cairo in order to obtain the pertinent support
for getting the materials to those who so desperately needed them.
Since then, brave
Venezuelan pilots are transporting their humanitarian cargos that permit saving
mothers, children and the elderly from their deaths. However, I was reading an AP dispatch today
coming from Venezuela that published declarations from the Association of
Clinics and Hospitals of Venezuela , an organization that groups together the
private health centers in the country, asking the Government to declare a
humanitarian state of emergency in order to deal with the lack of consumables,
medicines, medical equipment and spare parts that, they assure, are putting the
lives of the population at risk.
What a huge
coincidence! That demand is made exactly
when the Yankee-Israeli genocide is occurring in the Gaza Strip, in the poorest
and most over-populated area of that community that has been living there
throughout the millennia.
That is what makes
Maduro’s behavior so praise-worthy, and that of the
Much could be said
about this remarkable fact if Homo Sapiens should manage to survive – something
that is in their hands – and doesn’t exterminate the species himself.
After touring areas
that imply great prospects for food production, two women working there
approached us. I asked them if they knew
the man accompanying me. They looked at him and said: “President Maduro”, and
they slyly smiled. The younger one said:
“12 degrees”. The other woman, still young and strong, replied that she had
graduated as a teacher of physical education and sports and she had worked in
that area for several years. Finally I
asked them whether they would be willing
to work in
I won’t go on if I
wish to have this printed today as I told the Venezuelan President.
Fidel Castro Ruz
August 20, 2014