Reflections by Comrade Fidel
Some of the things Daniel told me would be
difficult to believe if they weren’t being told by him and if they weren’t
happening at a
The odd thing is that there was no such consensus on the final document. The ALBA group did not sign it; so it was recorded in the last exchange with Obama in the presence of Manning and the other leaders on the morning of April 19th.
Chavez, Evo and Daniel spoke at that meeting with absolute clarity.
It had appeared to me that Daniel expressed a bitter complaint when, on the opening day of the summit, he said in his remarks: “…I think that the time I am taking is much shorter than the three hours I had to wait in the plane at the airport.”
I asked him about that and he told me that six high
level leaders had to wait on the runway: Lula from
He related to me the behavior of the main leaders
present at the
We do not ignore the criminal invasion of Panama ordered by Bush senior, the horrible massacre at El Chorillo, the thousands of dead Panamanians, the invasion of little Grenada with the complicity of other governments in the region, all fairly recent events in the tragic history of our hemisphere.
In each of these crimes, the hairy paw of the OAS could be found, principal accomplice in the brutal actions of the great military and economic power against our impoverished countries.
He told me about the harm drug trafficking and organized crime inflict on the Central American countries, the traffic in American weapons, the immense market that drives that activity, so detrimental to the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.
He told me about the geothermic possibilities
He spoke of
Our conversation revolved around this and other practical subjects. At no time did I see him resentful, much less suggesting extremist measures in the economic area. He is well informed and makes very realistic analyses of what can and ought to be done.
I explained to him that in our country many had not been able to hear his speech because of the schedule and the lack of timely information about the Summit; therefore I asked him to please explain the most interesting subjects related to the Summit on a television program, to a panel that would be made up of three young journalists, things that would surely interest many Latin Americans, Americans and Canadians.
Daniel knows of many concrete possibilities to
improve the living conditions of the Nicaraguan people, one of the five poorest
countries in the hemisphere as a result of the
Of course, a long-distance observer like me could
perceive a strategy that was set up to extol positions that were most
The blockade of
Are we expected to applaud the aggression on our
radio and television air space, the use of sophisticated technologies to invade
that space from great heights and the application of the same policy Bush had
Obama confesses that the leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean countries talk to him everywhere about Cuban medical services, and he nevertheless expresses that “And it's a reminder for us in the United States that if our only interaction with many of these countries is drug interdiction, if our only interaction is military, then we may not be developing the connections that can, over time, increase our influence and have -- have a beneficial effect when we need to try to move policies that are of concern to us forward in the region.”
Subconsciously, Obama understands that
We have been cooperating not only in healthcare, but also in education, sports, science, culture, energy saving, reforestation, protection of the environment and other areas. United Nation agencies could bear witness to this.
And more: the blood of Cuban patriots has been shed
in the struggle against the last bastions of colonialism in
And most important of all, Daniel said it at the
We didn’t do it seeking influence and support. They were the principles underpinning our struggle and our resistance. The infant mortality rate in Cuba is lower than in the United States; for a long time now we have had no illiterates; white, black and mestizo children go to school every day, with the same opportunities for education, even those requiring special education. We have not achieved complete justice, but we have certainly achieved the maximum of justice possible. All National Assembly members are nominated and elected by the people; more than 90% of the people entitled to vote do so.
We have not asked for that capitalist democracy under which you were educated and in which you sincerely, and with all your right, believe.
We do not aspire to export our political system to
Fidel Castro Ruz