Note: According to the signature line, this was written yesterday afternoon. If the rumors of Fidel’s death are true, then someone else wrote it. If Fidel did write this one then his health must be suffering. It is very short and he has not been seen for months now. Seems like the end (or should I say the beginning) is near.
The words of Roberto González, a lawyer born to a Cuban family that fled to the United States during the dictatorship and returned to Cuba following the triumph of the Revolution, come to mind as I begin to reflect on this issue. Like René, he was born in the United States during his family’s sojourn there. He has been fighting tirelessly to obtain the release of his brother René, who endures cruel and unjust imprisonment, as do four other heroes who sought to defend their country in the struggle against terrorism.
“The worst thing that can happen to us is to allow a sense of defeat or victory paralyze us; we will have won in the case of the Five when they have set foot in Havana… for this is the kind of trial that is won with facts many times over but is lost before the Law, by virtue of the judges’ decision”.
These are wise and sensible words, spoken by a true expert at war against shameless actions. Even he expressed his surprise at what transpired.
During the Round Table program, we were given a sense of the importance of the testimonies afforded, in the city of Atlanta, by 73 world-renowned experts in international Law. There, it was shown beyond the shadow of a doubt that the felonies imputed to the accused, resulting in convictions unanimously approved by a supposedly impartial jury, in the last community on Earth where one could expect a fair verdict, were never in fact committed. Each and every one of statements made at the Round Table or over the phone, by those who spoke and those who have yet to speak, must be read word by word and analyzed.
In real espionage cases, recently tried in the United States, convictions usually do not exceed a 10-year prison sentence. The charge of conspiracy to commit espionage brought against our five compatriots has not even been proven. Their cruel and unusual fate, and that of their relatives, reflects the perfidious overt policy pursued by Washington of using terrorism against the Cuban people, a policy which, for nearly half a century, has been in violation of the most elementary norms set down by the United Nations and encroaching upon the sovereignty of nations.
There are many important and proven facts that I could add, but I wish to be brief so that these words may be transcribed and published by the Cuban press. The most important thing is for our people to develop a solid and unshakable conscience of these realities.
Fidel Castro Ruz
August 22, 2007
To read the original source http://www.juventudrebelde.co.cu/cuba/2007-08-23/the-empire-tastes-an-unprecedented-moral-defeat/
and to read all Fidel’s Reflections http://www.juventudrebelde.co.cu/cuba/2007-08-10/reflections-by-fidel-castro-ruz/