THE FRUIT THAT DID NOT FALL
Cuba found itself forced to fight for its existence against an expansionist power located a few miles off its coast that had declared the annexation of our island and that believed our destiny was to fall into their lap like a piece of ripe fruit. We were condemned to cease to exist as a nation.
Jose Marti was among the glorious legion of patriots
who throughout the second half of the 19th century fought against the loathsome
colonialism brandished by
Today one cannot be a patriot or a revolutionary without thoroughly understanding this profound truth.
Without a doubt, the mass media, the monopoly of technical resources, and the substantial funds earmarked for misleading and making the masses mindless today represent considerable but not insurmountable obstacles.
Barely two days after the triumph of the Revolution the national territory was invaded by mercenary forces —made up of former Batista soldiers and sons of landowners and the bourgeoisie— armed and escorted by the United States with ships from the US Navy fleet including aircraft carriers with equipment ready for action. The defeat and capture of almost the entire force of mercenaries in less than 72 hours, and the destruction of their planes that were operating out of Nicaraguan bases and naval transportation means, represented a humiliating defeat for the empire and their Latin American allies who had underestimated the Cuban people’s capacity to fight.
Responding to the stoppage of oil supplies from the US, the previous total suspension of traditional Cuban sugar quotas in the US market, and the ban on trade in place for more than 100 years, the USSR began to supply fuel, to buy our sugar, to trade with our country and, finally, to supply the arms that Cuba could not acquire in other markets.
The idea of a systematic campaign of pirate attacks organized by the CIA, sabotages and military actions by groups created and armed by the US, before and after the mercenary attack and that would culminate with the United States’ military invasion of Cuba, gave rise to the events that pushed the world to the brink of total nuclear war that no sides or even humanity itself would have survived.
Those events no doubt cost Nikita Jruschov his job. He
had underestimated his adversary, ignored opinions and information, and did not
consult his final decision with those of us who were in the frontline. What
could have been a significant moral victory became a costly political setback
Jruschov made extraordinary gestures to our country.
At the time I did not hesitate in strongly criticizing the agreement reached
Despite all the decades that have passed and make up more than half a century, the Cuban fruit has not fallen into Yankee hands.
Current news from
I will limit myself to just a few topics. I must point out that the campaign to select a Republican candidate as the possible future president of this globalized and far-reaching empire has become —I say this in all seriousness— the greatest competition of idiocy and ignorance that has ever been heard. But as I have things to do, I cannot dedicate any time to this topic. I knew it would be like this.
I prefer to analyze some other press dispatches that show the incredible cynicism generated by the decadence of the West. One of these reports, with amazing tranquility, tells the story of a Cuban “political prisoner” who, according to the article, died after a 50-day hunger strike. A journalist from Granma, Juventud Rebelde, radio or any other [Cuban] news agency might make a mistake writing on any given topic, but they would never make up a news story and fabricate a lie.
The article published in Granma confirms that the 50-day hunger strike did not take place.
The prisoner was in jail for committing a common crime and sentenced to four
years for an assault that left his wife’s face battered. The man’s own mother-in-law
went to the police to request their help. All family members were aware of all
the procedures taken regarding the medical care he received and were thankful of
the efforts carried out by the specialist doctors who attended him. The article
goes on to say that he received care at the best hospital in eastern
The patient had received all the available medical care from a country that possesses one of the best medical systems in the world and that provides these services free-of-charge, despite the empire’s blockade against our country. It simply represents a duty in a country where the Revolution proudly respects, as it always has for more than 50 years, the principles that gave it its invincible force.
Given their excellent relations with
On Monday, January 23, Granma published a full-page, hard-hitting editorial entitled Cuba’s Truths. The article details the exceptional degree of shamelessness in the latest campaign of lies launched against our Revolution by some governments “traditionally committed to anti-Cuban subversion.”
Our people are well aware of the standards that have governed over the irreproachable conduct of our Revolution since the first combat and that has never been sullied throughout more than half a century. They also know that they can never be pressured or blackmailed by their enemies. Our laws and regulations will invariably be abided by.
This is worthwhile to point out with total clarity and
openness. The Spanish government and the beat-up European Union, in the midst
of an acute economic crisis, should know what to abide by. It is a disgrace to
read declarations from both regions in news reports that are full of shameless
We cannot ignore that those who currently govern in
The rightwing fascists led by Aznar, Rajoy and other servants of the empire must know about the 16,000 fatalities suffered by their predecessors of the Blue Division and the Iron Crosses that Hitler awarded the officials and soldiers of that division.
It is not a surprise then to see how the Gestapo
police are treating the Spanish men and women who demand the right to work and
bread in the country with the highest unemployment in
Why do the mass media outlets of the empire lie so shamelessly?
Those who control those media outlets are determined to deceive and make the world mindless with their gross lies, maybe believing that they represent the main recourse necessary to maintain the global system of domination and plunder, especially against those victims close to the mother country —the close to 70 million Latin Americans and Caribbean people who live in this hemisphere.
It is enough, for example, to look at the map to
understand the criminal dispossession carried out against
The case of the Malvinas is not alone. Does anyone
know how the conflict in
Three days ago a European news agency published an article stating that Afghani President Hamid Karzai gave his support of a negotiated peace settlement with the Taliban, stressing that it must be resolved by citizens in his country. Hamid Karzai added that the peace and reconciliation process belongs to the Afghani nation and that no foreign country or organization can take away this right from Afghanis.
An article in the Cuban press written in Paris reported, “Today France suspended all its military training and support operations in Afghanistan and threatened to move up the date for the withdrawal of its troops after an Afghani soldier killed four French military officers in the Taghab valley in the province of Kapisa…Sarkozy gave instructions to Defense Minister Gerard Longuet to immediately travel to Kabul, and warned of the possibility of an early withdrawal of troops.”
Bush and his stupidities reigned for eight years at a
time when the Cuban Revolution had already lasted for more than half a century.
The ripe fruit has never fallen into the lap of the empire.
Tomorrow I will publish another Reflection article to complement this one.
Fidel Castro Ruz