Reflections by Comrade Fidel
The envy of Goebbels
Yesterday I was listening to the Round Table TV program when it analyzed, among other topics, Operation Peter Pan, one of the most repugnant acts of moral aggression carried out against our country. Patria potestas is an extremely sensitive issue. That was a repugnant low trick. One of the novels by Mikhail Sholokhov that I read some years later included a reference to that kind of slander which had already been used against the Revolution of October,1917.
The mastermind behind that operation against
The operation began in 1960. As is known, our Revolution had not placed any obstacles whatsoever to prevent those who wanted to leave the country from doing so. The work of the Revolution had to be voluntarily made by a free people. The imperialist response, among many other serious aggressions, was Operation Peter Pan.
When Taladrid was making his comments on that event,
he mentioned the name of Ángel Fernández Valera, a professor of Economics. I remembered that when I was on my last
senior high school year at Colegio de Belén, a lay professor used to teach us
one of the subjects: Political Economy.
Obviously, this was not about a Marxism-Leninism course, which was the
ideological issue resorted to 18 years later in order to expel
I was surprised by what I heard during the Round
Table program. I wonder if that man was
the same professor I had met. I called
Taladrid and asked for more information.
I checked that with him, because I knew that man had been a professor at
Colegio de Belén. Luis Báez equally
asserts that I had met with that professor somewhere in
Some days ago, Walsh was decorated post mortem for having worked the “feat” of Operation Peter Pan. A few years before he had declared that he had received some telephone calls for him to start with the operation and that he had made some arrangements with the CIA.
By the end of May, Álvaro F. Fernández, the son of
Fernández Varela, declared to the digital magazine Progreso Semanal that “…a few years before he died in Miami, my
father brought us together in front of my mother, my sister María, her husband
and myself, and told us that he had been one of the persons responsible for the
drafting of the false Law that gave rise to the hysteria that surrounded the
‘elimination of the patria potestas’. That is why I know, without a shadow of a
doubt, that Operation Peter Pan was a sinister and immoral maneuver designed
and longed for by the CIA before the
A CIA agent brought the false bill to
Each of the 14 000 children involved in
that tragedy followed their own traumatic path. They were
mostly from middle class families. They
were not the children of landowners or the wealthy bourgeois; there was no
reason why they had to be dragged into that tragedy. By that time there was a Yankee embassy that
granted the permits to enter the
María de los Ángeles Torres, an associate professor of
Political Sciences at the
Despite that refusal, professor Torres asked and succeeded in that the Presidential Library Lyndon B. Johnson could grant her access to a document issued by the US government in which it refused a proposal made by the High Commissioner of the United Nations whereby the United Nations would cover the transportation costs for the parents of the children who had been sent to the United States. That material was published by the press of that country more than 15 years ago.
Operation Peter Pan was a cynical publicity maneuver that would have been the envy of Goebbles himself, the Nazi minister of Propaganda.
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 11, 2009