Reflections by Comrade Fidel
The struggle has barely begun
Governments can change but the instruments they used to turn us into a colony are still the same.
For one president in the
The OAS was the instrument for those crimes. Only
its expensive bureaucratic apparatus took its ICHR agreements seriously. Our nation was the last of the Spanish
colonies after four centuries of occupation and it was the first to liberate
“Freedom is very dear, and it is necessary, either to live without it or to decide to buy it for its price”, the Apostle of Our Independence taught us.
Daniel Ortega who made a valiant and historic speech
The OAS was not able to prevent Reagan from unleashing the dirty war against his people, mining their ports and resorting to drug trafficking to acquire weapons to fight the war, with which he financed the death, maiming or serious wounding of tens of thousands of young people in a country as small as Nicaragua.
What did the OAS do to protect it? What did it do to prevent the invasion of
Santo Domingo, the hundreds of thousands of people murdered or disappeared in
Guatemala, the air attacks, the assassinations of prominent religious leaders,
the massive repression against the people, the invasions of Grenada and Panama,
the coup in Chile, the tortured and disappeared there and in Argentina,
Uruguay, Paraguay and other places? Did
it ever accuse the
Yesterday, on Saturday, Granma printed what
I had written about the ICHR agreement against
The Bolivarian Revolution’s access to power was
different from that of
With a minimum of weaponry, more than 90% of which had been captured from the enemy during 25 months of warfare backed by the people, and in the final offensive with a general revolutionary strike, the revolutionary combatants trounced the tyranny and took control of all its weapons and power centers. The victorious Revolution became the source of law just as in any other era in history.
That was not the case in
He submitted the new Constitution to a popular referendum. It was not long before he became aware of the methods of imperialism and its allies in the oligarchy to recover and hold on to power.
The coup on April 11, 2002 was the counterrevolution’s response.
The people reacted and brought him to power again when, isolated and incommunicado, he was at the point of being eliminated by the right wing which was forcing him to sign his resignation.
He didn’t give up and resisted until the very Venezuelan navy released him and air force helicopters brought him back to the Miraflores Presidential Palace which had already been occupied by the people and army soldiers in Fuerte Tiuna who had risen up against the senior officers perpetrating the coup.
At the time I thought that his policy would become more radical; however, concerned for unity and peace, at the moment of greatest strength and support, he was generous and talked with his adversaries seeking their cooperation.
The response given to that attitude by imperialism
and its accomplices was the oil coup.
Perhaps one of the most brilliant battles he waged at that time was the
one he carried out to supply fuel to the people of
We had talked many times since he visited
He was a true revolutionary, but as he was gaining
awareness of the injustice rampant in Venezulean society his thinking took on
greater depth until he arrived at the conviction that
He knows even the smallest details of the Liberator’s ideas, a person he profoundly admires.
His adversaries understand that it is not easy to win when faced with the tenacity of a man who struggles without even a moment’s rest. They could decide to take his life but his internal and external foes know what that would mean for their interests. There can be irrational lunatics and fanatics, but neither leaders, peoples or humanity itself are exempt from such dangers.
Considering it calmly, today Chávez is a formidable adversary for the capitalist production system and for imperialism. He has become a real expert on many of human society’s basic problems. I have seen him in these days as he inaugurated dozens of health services. He is impressive. He forcefully criticizes what was happening with vital services such as hemodialysis, which used to be provided in private centers and paid by the State. The poor were condemned to die if they lacked the money. The same was happening with many other services; today, new facilities are available in the hospitals with the support of the most modern equipment.
He masterfully handles even the most insignificant details concerning national production and social services. He is on top of the theory and practice of socialism needed by his country and he makes great efforts through his most profound convictions. He defines capitalism for what it is: he doesn’t draw caricatures of it; he reveals X-rays and pictures of the system.
We are dealing with a peculiar and horrible
ensemble of forms of exploitation of human work: unjust, unequal,
arbitrary. He doesn’t simply talk about
the worker; he shows him on television working with his hands, showing his
energy, his knowledge, his intelligence, creating the goods or services that
are essential to human beings; he asks them about their children, their
families, husbands or wives, their kin, where they live, what they are
studying, what they are doing to improve themselves, their age, salary, future
pension, all the grotesque lies about property that are being spread by the
imperialists and capitalists. He shows
the hospitals, schools, factories, boys and girls; he provides facts about the
factories being built in
I had not seen such a clear transformation into
images of an idea, broadcast by television.
Chávez doesn’t just have a special talent to capture and transmit the
essence of the processes but he accompanies it with a prodigious memory; it is
rare for him to forget a word, a phrase, a verse, a musical inflection; he
combines words that express new concepts.
He speaks of a socialism that seeks justice and equality; “while
cultural colonialism continues to live in our minds, the old will never die and
the new will never be born”. He combines
eloquent verses and phrases in articles and letters. Above all else he has shown himself to be the
political leader in
I especially observed the faces of the captains and other crew members of the ships of the nationalized companies; their words reflect inner pride, gratitude for the recognition, security in the future; the faces of the jubilant young economy students who name him godfather of the promotion at the point of finishing their university studies when he tells them more than 400 of them are needed to move to Argentina, ready to work in the management of 200 new factories in a program agreed to with that country; they will be sent there at the end of their course to be trained in the production processes.
Ramonet was with him; he was amazed at Chávez’
work. When about eight years ago we
started our revolutionary cooperation with
It is a battle of ideas that has been lost beforehand by the adversary who has nothing to offer humanity.
No wonder the OAS is hypocritically trying to
present him as an enemy of freedom of expression and democracy. Almost half a century has gone by since those
chipped and hypocritical weapons came up against the steadfastness of the Cuban
This struggle has barely begun in our hemisphere.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 10, 2009