Reflections by Comrade Fidel
He returned from his trip to
I had enough time to jot down 25 points, of the sort one can speak of over an international phone line, knowing the enemy is listening in, some of which had been tackled by the Venezuelan president himself before the press.
Chávez was calm, pensive and satisfied with his tour. We shared views on the prices of foodstuffs, oil and raw materials, needed investments, the dollar’s devaluation, inflation, recession, imperialist swindles and plundering, mistakes made by our adversaries, the risk of nuclear war, the system’s insurmountable problems and other issues which require no secrecy. Nevertheless, I use this means of communication only exceptionally.
We exchanged comments and news. He didn’t say one word about the wonderful message he wrote on the occasion of the 26th of July celebrations, in which he analyzed my denunciation entitled “Machiavelli’s Strategy”. I received it that same Saturday at night. Chávez is the embodiment of Bolivar’s ideas. Our one-hour conversation, back in the days of the Liberator, would have spanned months and his 4-day European tour at least 2 years.
Yesterday, I listened to his remarks on the Aló Presidente program. His investment program is impressive. Never before, quite possibly, has more attention been paid to the most deeply felt wishes and pressing needs of people. We’re already seeing some results.
When I turned on the television at night, Chávez was in
the midst of a crowd that was cheering on the female softball team playing the
final game of the cup against
Today is his birthday. Rául and I sent him a painting which
shows Che emerging from the earth, as envisaged by a painter from
I shall have this reflection reach him early tomorrow.
Fidel Castro Ruz
July 28, 2008