Reflections by Comrade Fidel
A BRILLIANT AND COURAGEOUS STATEMENT
Attending to other matters that are now top priority, I momentarily strayed from the frequency with which I had been writing reflections in the year 2010; however, Hugo Chávez Frías’ proclamation last Thursday the 30th, obliges me to write these lines.
The president of
It is by no means a matter of that country lacking doctors; quite the
opposite. They had an abundance of doctors, among them there were even
first-class professionals, just as in other Latin American countries. It is a social matter. The best medical
doctors and the most sophisticated equipment could be placed at the service of
private medicine, as it is in all capitalist countries. And often not even
that, because in underdeveloped capitalism, like the type that used to exist in
Even worse, the
Never have we stolen the intelligences of other peoples. On the
Thanks to the profound Bolivarian and Marti-inspired revolutions,
It is such a real and well-known fact that more than 50 years ago, a president having military origins bitterly denounced the decisive power accumulated by the military-industrial complex in that country.
These words would be superfluous if it were not for the intervention of
the hateful and repugnant campaign unleashed by the massive Venezuelan
oligarchy media, at the service of that empire, using the health problems being
experienced by the Bolivarian President.
We are united to the President with close and indestructible bonds of
friendship that came into being from his first visit to our homeland on
Some were surprised by the coincidence of his visit to
It is well-known that for a few years now, a team of Cuban health specialists are providing their services to the Venezuelan President who, loyal to his Bolivarian principles, never considered them to be undesirable foreigners, but sons and daughters of the Great Latin American Homeland on behalf of which The Liberator fought, right up to his last living breath.
The first contingent of Cuban doctors left for
President Chávez put a great emphasis in relating with our health personnel. This way, a bond of confidence and friendship was born between him and the Cuban doctors who were always very sensitive to the treatment of the Venezuelan leader; and he was able to create thousands of health centres and outfit them with the necessary equipment in order to provide free services for all Venezuelans. There was no other government in the world that did so much, in such a short time, for the health of its people.
A large percentage of Cuban health personnel provided services in Venezuela and many of them also acted as teachers in certain subjects that were being taught to train more than 20,000 young Venezuelans who began to graduate as medical doctors. Many of them began their studies in our country. The internationalist doctors, members of Battalion 51, graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine, have earned solid prestige in carrying out complicated and difficult missions. On these bases my relations in this field with President Hugo Chávez were built.
I should add that in the course of more than twelve years, since
One could say that for every extra hour Chávez dedicates to his work,
the president of the
It was difficult, almost impossible, that his health would not suffer some sort of breakdown and this is what happened in the last few months.
He is a person used to the rigors of military life and he would stoically
put up with the aches and pains that were plaguing him with ever increasing
frequency. Given the friendly relations
developed and the constant exchanges between
Of course, I admit that it was no easy task that I set for myself. It wasn’t difficult for me to notice that he
had some health problems. Seven months
had gone by since his last visit to
Each treatment was accompanied by rigorous cellular and laboratory analyses, of the kind that are done under such circumstances.
One of the tests, several days following the first surgery, showed results that determined more radical surgery and special treatment for the patient.
In his dignified message on June 30th, the noticeably recovered President speaks about the state of his health with absolute clarity.
I admit that it was no easy task for me to inform my friend about the new development. I could see the dignity with which he received the news that --while his mind was dealing with so many important tasks, among them the celebrations commemorating the Bicentennial and the formalization of the agreement on Latin American and Caribbean unity – much more than the physical suffering that radical surgery would imply, signified a test, as he put it, that he compared to the difficult moments he had to face in his lifetime as an unyielding combatant.
Along with him, the team of persons caring for him and who he described as sublime fought a magnificent battle which I have witnessed.
With no hesitation whatsoever, I state that the results are impressive
and that the patient fought a decisive battle that shall lead him and
One has to make sure that his declaration is communicated word for word
in every language, but especially it should be translated and subtitled into
English; this is a language that can be understood on this
Now the external and internal enemies of Hugo Chávez are at the mercy of his words and his initiatives. Without a doubt there shall be surprises in store for them. Let us wish him our most steadfast support and trust. The lies of the empire and the treason of the quislings shall be defeated. Today there are millions of militant and aware Venezuelans who shall never be made to submit to the oligarchy and the empire.
Fidel Castro Ruz