Reflections by comrade Fidel
MY MEETING WITH ZELAYA
Some have asked what happened to the meeting with Zelaya that the Commander mentioned in yesterday’s reflection on Wednesday, March 4th.
We met. I had no other alternative. I found the time.
I am obliged to say as much as I can in few words, or not to say anything, and that’s something I cannot always do.
I have just finished speaking about Juan Bosch, in a
very compact summary, about the expedition against
Early today I received another letter from the Cuban Television Information System journalist Daily Sánchez Lemus who would like to write the real story about José Ramón Mejía del Castillo, Pichirilo. She asks me for information that Guillermo Cabrera Álvarez, the great maestro of Cuban journalism, got from me, regarding the man who was one of the boldest Dominicans, among the revolutionaries, in the struggle against the Yankee invaders.
I will write to Daily to tell her what I know about him.
So as not to go on so long with this reflection, I shall telegraphically answer the question about the meeting with the Honduran President.
He is very young. “I can be president of
That doesn’t provide the leader of a country even
with a second, in the quest for the
He is surely a good man, with a healthy dose of tradition and amazing talent. His voice from the podium sounds like thunder; in personal conversation, it is discrete and has a familiar tone.
His social class descends from the first Spaniards who settled in the heart of the ancient Mayan civilization. As in all the other territories conquered with their horses and steel swords, they took possession of the land.
The families passed on their properties from one to another throughout the centuries. When the hour of independence arrived in Ibero-America, they constituted the oligarchies which were the masters of the new independent countries.
Extraordinary historical figures sprang out of the struggle in defense of sovereignty.
Francisco Morazán, a Central American legend, was Honduran in origin and became the President of the region’s states. He governed for 10 years. Zelaya defines him as a man of the people, who couldn’t study at the university but who, endowed with exceptional intelligence, symbolized the struggle of his peoples.
Among these states was
Like others in his social class, Zelaya was educated
in Catholic schools. In my case, under
very different conditions, it was the de
Coming from a family of noble descent, he received a Catholic education and this forms the basis of his feelings today. Like Hugo Chávez, he found the source of inspiration nourishing his sense of justice in the ideas of Jesus Christ; he cannot be accused of being either a Marxist or a Communist.
Nevertheless, he tells me: “When I traveled to
For Zelaya, “the capitalist system is the most repugnant conception of justice that human beings can harbor”.
I asked him how large
Of that, how much is covered with pine forests? He calculated: “
Zelaya is a man who profoundly suffers from the abuses of the empire.
“We are coffee producers. The crop grows year after year”. How much of that coffee do you process? “Not even 10%”, he replied. “That’s a real outrage!” I tell him; afterwards they charge ten times as much for roasted coffee.”
At one moment during the conversation, he told me that they are subsidizing their agriculture and then selling grain at a cheaper price, reducing the incomes of the Honduran farmers who were losing markets. He quoted the example of the corn that was used by the Mayas as their main food staple. Today, not even the peasant sector can live off this crop.
By his thinking, one could notice his deep aversion
Suddenly, he remembers the culture of the Mayan people with pride. He tells me that the length of years in that culture was more exact than the years used by western Christianity. “Nowadays the world uses the decimal system; the Mayas had a system based on twenty, twice as exact”. Truly, it was the first time in my life that I had heard about that detail, the advantage of using two plus zero instead of one plus zero. I promised myself that I would find out a little more about the subject.
At that moment, Zelaya expressed his enthusiasm
about the fact that
Suddenly, he spoke more quietly and confessed to me: “Unfortunately, the Mayas knew nothing about metal; they lived in the Stone Age, and that is why we were conquered”, he sadly said.
I was unaware of the fact that on
That is what the man I met with is like.
Fidel Castro Ruz