A REFLECTION BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THE ETERNAL FLAME
This is a
political reflection. To be more precise: it is another proclamation. Exactly
one year ago today, on
Today, I am bombarded with questions as to when I will take up again what some call power, as though that power were possible without independence. The world knows a real and destructive power, wielded by a decadent empire which threatens everyone.
Raúl has already responded that, as I recover, every important decision is consulted with me. What will I do? I will fight tirelessly as I have done my entire life.
One year after the
first Proclamation, I can share with the people of
With the same
conviction, we continue to struggle relentlessly to have the Five Heroes, who
against our own deficiencies and against the insolent enemy which seeks to take
On this point, I am obliged to insist on something which the leaders of the Revolution can never forget: it is our duty to work untiringly to strengthen our defensive capability and preparedness, under the principle that, regardless of the circumstances, an unpayable price must be paid for any invasion.
No one should
entertain the slightest illusion that the empire, which carries the genes of
its own destruction, will negotiate with
In a previous reflection, I invoked the historical figures of Martí, Maceo, Agramonte and Cespedes. To keep alight the memory of the innumerable people who fell in combat, of those who fought and sacrificed themselves for the homeland, Raúl lit a flame that shall burn for eternity, 50 years after Frank País, the young 22-year-old hero whose example moved all of us, fell in combat.
Life is meaningless without ideas. There is no greater joy than to struggle in their name.
Fidel Castro Ruz