Reflections by Comrade Fidel
THE REAL INTENTIONS OF THE “PARTNERSHIP OF EQUALS”
Yesterday was a long day. I was paying attention to
the ups and downs of Obama in
Nobody knew when he would arrive to Santiago de Chile and
what a president of the
I for one was trying to follow the news that was
coming in about the tragedy in
Among so many things, I lost track a bit and saw
nothing of the lavish banquet for hundreds of people being served the
delicacies nature offered from the sea. The banquet had been served in a
That was too much work for a young man of my age. I wrote a brief Reflection and then went to bed for a long sleep.
This morning I was refreshed. My friend wouldn’t be
I saw in the first place that, because of my reflections, the cables had given importance to what I had said about my position as First Party Secretary and I shall explain as briefly as possible. Concentrating on Barack Obama’s “Partnership of Equals” , a matter of so much historical importance – I say that seriously – I didn’t even remember that next month the Party Congress would be taking place.
My position on the subject was basically logical. Once
I understood the seriousness of my state of health, I did what I thought, in my
opinion, wasn’t necessary when I had that painful accident in
On the other hand, when I wrote the Proclamation on the 31st of July it was clear to me that the state of my health was extremely critical.
I immediately set aside all my public duties, adding to the proclamation some instructions to provide security and tranquility for the population.
It wasn’t necessary to specifically step down from each one of my duties.
For me, my most important duty was that of First Party Secretary. Because of ideology and on principle, in a revolutionary stage, that political position carries the highest authority. The other position I held was that of President of the Council of State and Government, elected by the National Assembly. Both posts had replacements, and not by virtue of some family connection, something I have never considered to be the source of right, but due to experience and merit.
The rank of Commander in Chief had been granted me by
the struggle itself, a matter of chance more than because of any personal
merit. The Revolution itself, in a subsequent stage, correctly designated
headship of all armed institutions to the president, a function that in my
opinion, ought to fall to the First Party Secretary. I consider that that’s how
a country such as
Almost 14 years went by since the previous Party
Congress; it coincided with the disappearance of the
When gradually and partially my health was recovered, the idea didn’t even cross my mind about the need to proceed formally in order to expressly resign from any position. At that time, I accepted the honour of being elected as Deputy to the National Assembly, something that did not demand my physical presence and with which I might share my ideas.
Since I have more time than ever now to observe, to inform myself and to lay out certain points of view, I shall modestly fulfil my duty to fight for the ideas I have defended throughout my modest life.
I beg readers to forgive the time I have spent in this explanation that above-mentioned circumstances have forced me to undertake.
The most important matter, which I cannot forget, is
that rare partnership between millionaires and starving people as proposed by
the illustrious President of the
Those who are well-informed, those who know for example, the history of this hemisphere, its battles, or even the history of the Cuban people defending their Revolution against the empire that, as Obama himself acknowledges, “now lasted for longer than I’ve been alive”, will surely be amazed by his proposal.
It is well-known that the current president is a good wordsmith, circumstances that, together with the economical crisis, growing unemployment, losses of homes, and deaths of American soldiers in the stupid wars of Bush, helped him to obtain his victory.
After observing him well, I wouldn’t be surprised that he was the author of the ridiculous name with which the massacre in Libya was baptized – “Odyssey Dawn” – that unsettled the dust of the mortal remains of Homer and those who contributed to the forging of the legend in the famous Greek poems, even though I admit, perhaps, the name was created by the military chiefs who are managing the thousands of nuclear weapons with which a mere command from the Nobel Peace Prize laureate can determine the end of our species.
His speech to whites, blacks, native peoples, mestizos and non-mestizos,
religious or non-religious peoples of the Americas delivered in the Palacio de
It was in the style of the speech he gave in the first year of his term
He obsessively insists almost immediately that “…our marvelous surroundings today, just steps from where Chile lost its democracy decades ago, …” Everything other than saying coup d’état, the murder of the honourable General Schneider, or the glorious name of Salvador Allende, as if the government of the United States had absolutely nothing to do with it.
The great poet Pablo Neruda, whose death was prompted by the treacherous coup, was quoted more than once, in this case to affirm our beautifully poetic “guiding stars” which are “struggle” and “hope”. Has Obama forgotten that Neruda was a Communist, a friend of the Cuban Revolution, a great admirer of Simon Bolivar who is reborn every hundred years, and inspiration for the Heroic Guerrilla Ernesto Guevara?
I was admiring Barack Obama’s profound knowledge of history almost from
the very beginning of his message. Some
irresponsible advisor forgot to explain to him that Neruda was a member of the
Chilean Communist Party. After a few
other insignificant paragraphs, he recognizes that “Now,
I know I’m not the first president from the
In his speech, the working class does not exist, nor do landless peasants, or the illiterate, or infant and maternal mortality, people becoming blind, or victims of parasites such as Chaga or bacterial diseases such as cholera.
“When a coup in
The real reason for Obama’s marvellous speech is explained in inarguable
fashion in the middle of his message and in his own words: “Latin America is only going to become more important to the United
States, especially to our economy […]
We buy more of your products, more of your goods than any other country, and we invest more in this region than any other country. […] we export more than three times as much to
Further on, he dedicates insipid words to real facts:
“But if we’re honest, we’ll also admit that […] progress
“…political and economic power that is too often concentrated in the hands of the few, instead of serving the many”, he said verbatim.
“...we are not the first generation to face these
challenges. Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy proposed
“President Kennedy’s challenge endures – ‘to build a hemisphere where all people can hope for a sustainable, suitable standard of living, and all can live out their lives in dignity and in freedom.”
It is incredible that he now comes up with such an awkward story, an insult to human intelligence.
He has nothing left other than to mention, among the great calamities, a problem that originates in the colossal US market of lethal weapons: “Criminal gangs and narco-traffickers are not only a threat to the security of our citizens. They’re a threat to development, because they scare away investment that economies need to prosper. And they are a direct threat to democracy, because they fuel the corruption that rots institutions from within.”
Further on he reluctantly adds: “But we’ll never break the grip of the cartels and the gangs unless we also address the social and economic forces that fuel criminality. We need to reach at-risk youth before they turn to drugs and crime.”
“...as President I’ve made it clear that the
What he doesn’t say is that in
After a bunch of similar bits of foolishness, about weapons headed for Mexico that are being seized, a Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Inter-American Development bank, with which he says they are increasing the Microfinance Growth Fund for the Americas and promises to create new “Pathways to Prosperity” and other highfalutin terms that he pronounces in English and Spanish, he returns to his outlandish promises of hemispheric unity and he tries to impress his audience with the dangers of climatic changes.
Obama adds: “And if anybody doubts the urgency of climate
change, they look -- they should look no further than the
He explains that he is proud to announce that “…the
All his empty words ends with praise for the OAS that Roa described as the Ministry of Yankee Colonies when our Homeland unforgettably made an accusation in the United Nations, informing that the government of the United States had attacked our territory on April 15th of 1961 with B-26s painted with Cuban flags; a shameless event that in 23 days will be 50 years old.
Thus he believed that everything was completely ready to proclaim the right to subvert law and order in our country.
He openly confesses that they are “allowing
Americans to send remittances that bring some economic hope for people across
“…we’ll continue to seek ways to increase the independence of the Cuban people, who I believe are entitled to the same freedom and liberty as everyone else in this hemisphere.”
Later he recognizes that the blockade is damaging
Why is it still in place? How many billions of dollars does the
I ask the President of the
I harbour no hard feelings against him or his people.
I fulfill the duty of laying out all that I think about his “Partnership of Equals”.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 22, 2011