Reflections by comrade Fidel
MESSAGE TO THE PRESIDENT OF
THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC
Fifteen years ago to this day, on December 14, 1994
we met at the Main Hall of the University
of Havana. The previous
night I had waited for you at the steps of the plane that brought you to Cuba.
I was aware of your armed uprising against the
pro-Yankee government of Venezuela.
We had learned of your ideas when you were still in prison devoting your time
--the same as we had done—to delve deeper into the revolutionary ideas which
had led you to the uprising of February 4, 1992.
At the University’s Main Hall, you spontaneously let
your Bolivarian ideas flow candidly. Under the specific conditions of your
country and times, those ideas had led you to the struggle for the independence
from the imperial tyranny. After all of the efforts made by Bolivar and other
great men, who in pursuit of their dreams had fought against the Spanish
colonial bondage, the independence of Venezuela was no more than a
Not one minute in history is the same as any other;
no idea or human event can be judged heedless of their own time. We both share
concepts that evolved throughout millenniums but which have a lot in common
with old and recent history in the sense that society’s division in masters and
slaves, exploiters and the exploited, oppressors and the oppressed was always
unpleasant and hateful. In our times, it is the source of the deepest shame and
the main cause of human suffering and unhappiness.
Today, when the support of science and technology has
increased productivity ten times, one-hundred times and even one-thousand times,
such unfair differences should disappear.
These ideas you and I sustain are shared by millions
of Cubans and Venezuelans.
You started from the Christian principles you were
brought up with and from a rebellious personality; I started from Marx’s ideas
and from a rebellious personality, too.
There are universally recognized ethical principles
which are valid both for a Christian and a Marxist. Drawing from that, the
revolutionary ideas can be continuously enriched with study and experience.
It would be worthwhile indicating that our sincere
and revolutionary friendship goes back to the days when you were not the
President of Venezuela. I never asked you for anything. When the Bolivarian
movement won its victory in the 1999 elections the price of oil was less than
10 USD a barrel. I remember this very well because you invited me to your
inauguration as president.
Your support to Cuba
was spontaneous, the same as our cooperation with the fraternal people of Venezuela had
During the Special Period, after the demise of the USSR, the
empire tightened its brutal blockade against our people. At a certain point,
the fuel prices climbed and it was difficult to obtain the necessary inputs.
You then ensured our country a safe and steady commercial supply.
We do not forget that after the political coup of
April 2002 against the Bolivarian Revolution, and your shinning victory over
the oil coup at the end of that same year, the prices exceeded 60 USD a barrel;
then, you offered us to supply the fuel with credit facilities. [George W.]
Bush, the President of the United
States at the time, was the mastermind of
those illegal and treacherous actions against the Venezuelan people.
I remember that you were extremely annoyed by his
demand that I left Mexico as a precondition for his landing in that
long-suffering country, where we were both attending a United Nations
international conference that he was also supposed to attend.
The Bolivarian Revolution will never be forgiven for
its support to Cuba
at a time when the empire believed that our people would again fall in their
hands, after nearly half-a-century of heroic resistance. In Miami,
the counterrevolution was asking for a three days permit to kill
revolutionaries as soon as the transition government demanded by Bush was
established in Cuba.
Ten years of exemplary and fruitful cooperation
between Venezuela and Cuba have
passed. The ALBA was born in that period. The US-promoted FTAA had failed, but
the empire was again on the offensive.
The coup d’etat in Honduras
and the deployment of seven military bases in Colombia
are recent events which have occurred after the inauguration of the new
President of the United
States. His predecessor had re-established
the Fourth Fleet half-a-century after the latest world war had concluded, when the
Cold War was over and the Soviet Union was no
more. The real intentions of the empire are obvious this time behind Barack
Obama’s nice smile and Afro-American face.
Yesterday, Daniel Ortega explained how the coup in Honduras had weakened
the members of the Central American Integration System and determined their
The empire is mobilizing the Latin American
right-wing forces to strike Venezuela
and the other member states of ALBA along with it. If again the empire could
seize the considerable oil and gas resources of Bolivar’s homeland, the English-speaking
Caribbean countries and others from Central America would lose the generous
conditions of the supplies provided by revolutionary Venezuela.
A few days ago, after President Barack Obama’s
remarks at the West Point military academy, where he announced a surge of 30,000
troops to the war in Afghanistan,
I wrote a Reflection qualifying his
acceptance of the Nobel Peace Price, after he had already made such decision, as
a cynical action.
Last December 10, during his acceptance speech in Oslo, he made statements
that put forward an example of the imperialist logic and thought. He said that he
is responsible for sending thousands of young Americans to fight in a distant
country where some will kill and others will be killed. It was an effort to
present as a “just war” the brutal carnage against that distant country where
most of those killed are helpless villagers struck by the bombs dropped from
After these phrases, which were among the first he
spoke, more than 4,600 words were used to present his massacre of civilians as
a just war. Then he said that in today’s wars many more civilians die than
In fact, more than a million non-combatant civilians
have died by now in Iraq, Afghanistan and
along the Pakistani border.
In the same speech, he praises Nixon and Reagan as
distinguished characters. He doesn’t stop to remember that one of them dropped
one million tons of bombs over Vietnam
while the other had the Siberian gas-pipeline blown up by electronic means
under the appearance of an accident. The explosion was so strong and
devastating that the nuclear test monitoring equipment recorded it.
The speech made in Oslo
is different from that of West Point because
the latter was better phrased and recited. In the case of the one made at the
Norwegian capital the speaker’s face showed that he was aware of the falsehood
in his words.
Neither the timing nor the circumstances were the
same. Oslo is close to Copenhagen, the place where the extremely
important Conference on Climate Change is being held, the same that I know you
and Evo are planning to attend. The most important political battle of human
history is being fought there at this very moment. There one can see the scope
of the damage that developed capitalism has brought on humanity, which currently
needs to fight desperately not only for justice but also for human survival.
I followed attentively the proceedings of the ALBA
meeting. I offer my congratulations to you all. I really enjoyed seeing so many
beloved friends working out ideas and struggling together; my congratulations
Ever Onward To Victory!
My best regards,
Fidel Castro Ruz
December 14, 2009