Reflections by Comrade Fidel
An Impressive Gesture
I confess that many times I have meditated on the dramatic story of John F. Kennedy. It was my fate to live through the era when he was the greatest and most dangerous adversary of the Revolution. It was something that didn’t play a part in his calculations. He saw himself as the representative of a new generation of Americans who were confronting the old-style, dirty politics of men of the sort of Nixon whom he had defeated with a tremendous display of political talent.
He had behind him his history as a combatant in the Pacific and of his adroit pen.
Because he was over-confident, he was dragged into
His life continued to be dramatic, like a shadow
that accompanied him at all times. On
the strength of wounded pride, he again succumbed to the idea of invading
us. This brought on the October
[Missile] Crisis and the most serious risks of thermonuclear warfare that the
world has ever known until the present day.
He emerged from this test as an authority thanks to the mistakes of his
chief adversary. He seriously wanted to
Later I met close family members who visited
At the distance of so many years, information arrived about a gesture that impressed me.
These days, while so much was being said about the
lengthy and unfair blockade of Cuba in the upper echelons of the continent’s
countries, I read a news item in Mexico’s
“In official documents declassified by the National
Security Archive research centre it is recorded that on December 12, 1963, less
than one month after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy sent a communication to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, urging
the removal of regulations prohibiting Americans from traveling to
“Robert Kennedy claimed that the prohibition violated American freedoms. According to the document, he affirmed that the current restrictions on travel are inconsistent with traditional American freedoms.
“…That position was unsuccessful inside the Lyndon
B. Johnson administration and the State Department decided that to suspend the
restrictions would be perceived as a softening of the Cuban policy and that
they were part of the joint effort made by the
“In an editorial article by Kathleen Kennedy printed today in The Washington Post, Robert’s daughter expresses her wish that her father’s position be adopted by the Barack Obama government, and that this should be the position promoted by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. while the Obama government weighs the next step it will take with Cuba, one that should be pushing for allowing more than just Cuban-Americans to travel freely to the island and dealing with the rights of all Americans, most of whom are not free to go.
“Kathleen Kennedy writes that just as Obama found out
at the summit meeting last week-end, Latin American leaders have adopted a
coordinated message on
“Thus, the niece of the president who attempted to invade and overthrow the Cuban Revolutionary government and impose the blockade, adds her voice now to the ever-growing chorus in favor of reversing these policies which were put in place half a century ago.”
A worthy article by Kathleen Kennedy!
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 24, 2009