Reflections by Comrade Fidel
Yesterday I spoke about the time when Venezuela was an
ally of the US empire and the country where Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch carried
out their plans for the brutal in-flight bombing of a Cuban plane that caused
the death and disappearance of all people aboard, including the youth fencing
team that had just won all the gold medals at the Central-American and
Caribbean Championships held in Venezuela. With the Pan-American Games underway
It was not the Venezuela of Rómulo Gallegos and Andrés
Eloy Blanco but that of the scoundrel, traitor and venomous Rómulo Betancourt.
A man who was jealous of the Cuban Revolution and who, as an ally of the
imperialists, cooperated so much with their attacks against our homeland. At
Forty years had passed since the triumph of the Cuban
Revolution and more than a century since the Yankee plundering of
Many Venezuelans died amidst the ignorance and misery imposed by US and European gunboats!
Fortunately the other
Included among us today is Hugo Chávez who is visiting
a part of that great Latin American and
I spoke with him at length yesterday and today. I told him about the great passion with which I dedicate the energy I have left to the dreams of a better and more just world.
It is not difficult to share dreams with the Bolivarian leader when the empire is already showing unequivocal signs of a terminal illness.
Saving humanity from an irreversible disaster is something that today may be compromised by the stupidity of any of those mediocre presidents who in the most recent decades have led that empire or by one of those increasingly powerful leaders of the industrial military complex that rules the destiny of that country.
Friendly nations that have become increasingly
important in the world economy —given their economic and technological advances
and their condition as permanent members of the Security Council, such as the
Meanwhile, the Bolivarian people of
Chávez, who came out of the ranks of the Venezuelan
Army, is methodical and tireless. I have observed him over the course of 17
years, since his first visit to
Hugo —I told him—, I clearly see that in a very short time the Bolivarian Revolution will create jobs, not only for the Venezuelan people, but also for their Colombian brothers, a hardworking people, who fought along with you for the independence of America, and of whom 40 percent live in poverty; a significant portion of them in extreme poverty.
I had the honor to speak with our distinguished
visitor, the symbol of this other
Fidel Castro Ruz