Reflections by Comrade Fidel
BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN THE
I had the privilege of having a conversation for three hours last
Thursday the 15th with Hugo Chávez, the president of the
On just a few occasions, perhaps never, have I known a person who has been capable of leading a real and profound Revolution for more than 10 years; with not a single day of rest, in a territory under a million square kilometres, in this region of the world colonized by the Iberian Peninsula which for 300 years dominated an area 20 times greater than itself, a territory having immense wealth, where it imposed its beliefs, language and culture. One could not today write about the history of our species without mentioning what occurred in this hemisphere.
As for Bolívar, he did not fight for
Bolívar dreamed of creating the greatest Republic that had ever existed
and whose capital would be the
In his insuperable greatness, The Liberator, with true revolutionary
genius, was capable of predicting that the
A factor that contributed to
Our country speaks with the moral authority of a small nation that has resisted more than fifty years of brutal repression by that empire foreseen by Bolívar, the most powerful empire that ever existed. The immense hypocrisy of its policy and its disdain for other peoples has led it into very serious and dangerous situations. Among other consequences is the day by day evidence of its cowardliness and cynicism, converted into daily practice in international policy, since the vast majority of honest persons on this Earth don’t have any possibility of making their opinions known, nor of receiving trustworthy information.
The policy of principles and honesty with which the Cuban Revolution has always exposed successes and errors – and especially determinate norms of behaviour that have never been violated throughout more than fifty years, such as never torturing any citizen – knows no exception. Likewise, it has never yielded, nor will it ever yield, to the media-inspired blackmail and terror. These are historical facts that have been clearly demonstrated. We are dealing with a subject that I could expound upon at length; today we merely mention it to explain the reason for our friendship and admiration for the Bolivarian President Hugo Chávez, a topic I could go into considerably. Suffice it to quote a few elements on this occasion to explain why I stated that it constitutes a privilege to talk for hours with him.
He had not yet been born when the attack on the Moncada Barracks took place on July 26th of 1953. He wasn’t even five years old when the Revolution triumphed on the first of January of 1959. I met him in 1994, 35 years later, when he had turned 40 years old. Since then I have been able to observe his revolutionary development for almost 16 years. Endowed with exceptional talent, an insatiable reader, I can offer testimony of his capacity for developing and intensifying revolutionary ideas. As in every human being, fate and circumstances play a decisive part in the advancement of his ideas. His capacity to remember any concept and repeat it with incredible precision much later is remarkable. He is a true master in the development and dissemination of revolutionary ideas. He has command of these ideas and of the art of transmitting them with astounding eloquence. He is absolutely honest and sensitive in regards to persons, and incredibly generous in his nature. He requires no praise and, in turn, is accustomed to be generous in giving it. Whenever I do not agree with any of his points of view or any of his decisions, I merely tell him about it sincerely, at the proper time and with the due respect of our friendship. By doing so, I especially bear in mind that today he is the person about whom the empire is most worried, due to his capacity to influence the masses and due to the immense natural resources of a country that they have pillaged mercilessly, and the person they rigorously strike and attempt to take away his authority. Both the empire and the mercenaries at its beck and call, intoxicated by the lies and the consumerism, once more run the risk of under-estimating him and his heroic people, but I haven’t the slightest doubt that again they will be taught an unforgettable lesson. More than half a century of struggle indicates that to me with total clarity.
Chávez carries the dialectic
within himself. Never, at any time, has
any government done so much for its people in such a short time. I am especially delighted to send his people
warm congratulations upon the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the struggle
for the independence of
I am also pleased to send a greeting to all our brothers and sisters in ALBA.
Fidel Castro Ruz
Abril 18, 2010