Reflections by Comrade Fidel
SOLDIERS WITH CORRECT OPINIONS
It is not known how many people in the
Anyway, the letters have influence and bearing upon
For that reason I fixed upon a news cable published yesterday on April
14, originating from
It stated that a group of high-ranking retired
In a letter released today in Washington, the 12 retired high-ranking
officers, among them the ‘drug czar’ during the
As military professionals, we understand that the interests of the United States are better attended to when the country is capable of attracting the support of other nations to our cause, the soldiers insist in the letter sent to Obama on Monday, the same day that the U.S. president announced the end of the travel restrictions and remittances for Cuban-Americans, but not for all American citizens as progressive sectors want.
In the opinion of these soldiers, the ‘Law on Freedom of Travel to
They add that this is a kind of policy ‘with more possibilities for
bringing change to
Throughout the world, leaders are demanding a real political change based on the hopes you inspired in your campaign, the soldiers maintain.
They add that
Placed as it was among 315 pages of cables, the news would appear to be
somewhat insignificant. However it deals
with the crux of the problem that motivated four reflections in less than 24
hours, revolving around the
The young and untried Kennedy decreed the blockade and the
Later, enthused with the Green Berets, he dispatched them to
A third politician, George W. Bush, protected by his father, carried out the genocidal Iraqi war that hastened the economic crisis, making it more serious and profound. Its cost in economic figures is at trillions of dollars, with a public debt that will fall upon the new generations of Americans, in a world which is convulsed and full of risks.
Those who affirm that the embargo affects the security interests of the
Those who wrote the letter are not appealing to the use of weapons, but to the war of ideas, something which is diametrically opposed to what was done by the politicians.
In general, the American soldiers who defend the economic, political and
social system of the
They do not believe that
The soldiers also know that our country is a model for the fight against drug trafficking and that never have any terrorist actions been allowed against the people of the United States from our territory.
As the Black Caucus from the U.S. Congress was able to discover,
We give thanks to those who wrote the letter to Obama, just as we thank senators Lugar and Delahunt, the Caucus and other influential members of Congress.
We do not fear dialogue; we do not need to invent enemies; we do not fear the debate of ideas; we believe in our convictions and with them we have known how to defend and continue defending our homeland.
With the fabulous advances of technology, war has become one of the most complex sciences.
It is something the American soldiers understand. They know it isn’t a matter of issuing orders along the lines of the old wars. Nowadays one will possibly never see the adversary’s face; they can be thousands of kilometres apart; the deadliest of weapons are fired by programmes. Men hardly participate. Decisions are previously calculated and bereft of emotions.
I have met several of them, by now retired, who dedicate themselves to the study of the military sciences and warfare.
They express no hatred or dislike of the small country which has struggled and resisted, faced with such a powerful neighbour.
Until the year 1999, the delegations were mainly made up of retired military.
On the October 1999 visit, the composition of the delegates began to
change, and the military became less of a presence. From the fifth visit, all the delegations
were presided by the prestigious researcher Bruce Blair, expert in security
policies and specializing in nuclear control and command forces. He is consulting professor at the
universities of Yale and
This was the way I met soldiers
who had taken on important roles in the
Visits continued in 2006, but I had had the accident in
Among the twelve retired soldiers who signed the letter to Obama, one of them had taken part in those meetings.
I learned that in the last meeting to take place, they frankly said that the military had no intention of militarily attacking Cuba; that there was a new political situation in the United States coming out of the administration’s weakness on account of its disaster in Iraq.
For the comrades who met with the Americans it was evident that they
felt they were being poorly led and they were embarrassed by what was happening
even though nobody could provide guarantees about the president of the
Bruce Blair must know much more than I about the thorny subject. I was always impressed by his brave and transparent behaviour.
I didn’t want this information to stay in the files waiting for a time when it would no longer be of interest to anyone.
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 15, 2009