Reflections by comrade Fidel
TWO HUNGRY WOLVES AND LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD
A basic idea had occupied my mind since my days as a utopian socialist. I had begun from scratch, from the simple notions of good and evil that society inculcates into every newborn, replete with instincts and lacking in the values that parents, particularly mothers, have imbued children within all societies and throughout history.
Lacking a political precursor, chance events were to play a constant and decisive role in my life. I began forging an ideology, on my own, the very moment I had a real opportunity to observe and reflect on the world around me, as a child, teenager and young student. Education became, for me, the instrument par excellence to bring about change in the time it was my lot to live in, an instrument on which the very survival of our fragile species would depend.
With many years of experience under my belt, what I think today about this sensitive issue is totally congruous with that idea. I need not excuse myself, as some choose to do, for speaking the truth, no matter how ugly it is.
Speaking at public squares over two thousand years ago, Demosthenes, a renowned Greek orator, fervently defended a society in which 85 percent of its denizens were slaves or individuals whose unequal status and lack of rights were considered a natural condition. The philosophers of the time shared this viewpoint. This is how the word democracy was born. No one could expect more from them at the time. Today, when a wealth of knowledge is at our disposal, humanity's productive forces have proliferated incalculably and the mass media deploys messages aimed at millions of people. The immense majority, tired of traditional politics, wants to know nothing about it. Public figures are devoid of credibility, at a time the people, facing dangers that threaten their survival, need them most.
When the Soviet Union collapsed, Francis Fukuyama, a U.S. citizen of Japanese origin, born and educated in the United States, where he received his university degree, wrote his book The End of History and the Last Man, a work many doubtless have read, for it was amply publicized by the leaders of the empire. He had become a neoconservative hawk and a promoter of the one-idea system.
According to him, only one class, the
At the opening ceremony of the EU-Latin America and the Caribbean Summit held in Peru this past 15th of May, essential parts of the speeches delivered in English, German and other European languages were not translated by television broadcasters into Spanish or Portuguese, as though the native, black, mixed blood and white people of Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and other countries —over 550 million people, most of them poor—spoke English, German or another language foreign to them.
Now, however, the great meeting in
The 4th Fleet, of course, was not referred to
as an interventionist and dangerous force in the speeches delivered and
televised during the meeting. One of the Latin American countries represented
there has just concluded joint manoeuvres with a
Not many years ago, that country's repressive forces disappeared, tortured and murdered dozens of thousands of people. The victims' children were expropriated by the defenders of the properties of the wealthy. Their main military leaders collaborated with the empire in its dirty wars. They had faith in that alliance. Why fall into the same trap once again? Though it is easy to infer what country I am alluding to, I don't wish to mention it directly, so as not to offend a sister nation.
The Europe that called the tune at that meeting is the same Europe that supported the war on Serbia, the United States' appropriation of Iraqi oil, the religious conflicts in the Near and Middle East, the imprisonments and secret landings, and the horrendous torture and assassination plans hatched by Bush.
This Europe applies the same extra-territorial laws the
What I said at the first Europe-Latin America Meeting
held nine years ago in
The host of the meeting almost drove the European crazy
when, at the closing ceremony, it referred to some of the points advanced by
the look on the faces of the European leaders, and the glances they exchanged,
I could tell they bit their lips for a few seconds. But, why upset oneself? In
The prevailing spirit of the rich
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 18, 2008