Reflections by Comrade Fidel
What Notimex Didn’t Say.
Early on Tuesday March 31st, I read a Notimex news cable dated the 30th; it stated, verbatim:
“Alan Garcia, the president of Peru, today described as ‘prudent’ the withdrawal of his country from the humanitarian project ‘Mission Miracle’ that is sponsored by the governments of Venezuela and Cuba to care for ophthalmologic patients.
“After emphasizing the efficiency with which the state-run Essalud runs cataract operations, the Peruvian president told journalists that ‘the Mission no longer had any justification for its being used’, staffed by foreign medical doctors.
“The head of state informed that ‘Mission Miracle’ saw to the operations
of 1,500 people in two years, while Essalud cared for 25,000 patients in one
Further along, the cable continued attributing Garcia other similar arguments.
In the first place, I didn’t know why Notimex was including
Accustomed as I am to hearing false information about
“Since the year 2006, Operation Miracle has restored or improved the
sight of 19,496 Peruvians, 16,907 at the Cuban Ophthalmologic Centre in
“Neither in these or any other statements has the Head of State
“Coinciding with this statement, Yehude Simon, the president of the
Council of Ministers, made statements to the Health Ministers of South America
gathered together in
“We also have direct information that Garcia himself has recently made
both public and private respectful references to
I won’t charge a single penny for filling in for the news cable service Notimex
for all it didn’t say.
Fidel Castro Ruz