Fidel Castro not bothering to talk about hurricane damage in Cuba
Posted: 15 September 2008 08:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Translated from Granma. Apparently the hurricanes that destroyed Cuba are no big deal to Fidel since he took the time to release this statement.


Fidel warns that it would be a disaster if Chávez was assassinated

CARACAS.—The assassination of President Hugo Chávez would be a disaster for the homeland of Simón Bolívar, warned Cuban leader Fidel Castro in a letter read out on television by the Venezuelan president on Sunday, September 14.

In his letter, Fidel referred to the recently-revealed plan to effect a military coup and the assassination of the president in Venezuela, with the participation of retired and active military officers.

“What they should be doing is taking care of you if they truly believe that socialism is a failure that separates leaders from the people, even though in reality it is the only way, the only way for life, for the homeland,” expressed Fidel Castro in the missive read out by Chávez during his “Aló Presidente” program, PL reports.

Chávez mentioned that, the day before, he received an emissary from the leader of the Cuban Revolution, who had brought the message. He affirmed, “Fidel is fighting our battle”, and added that he felt honored “to be the recipient of these lines from a man who has lived a long life and waged a fierce battle, and now he is putting up a fight, our fight.”

At the start of his program, broadcast from the municipality of El Vińedo, some 300 kilometers southeast of Caracas, Chávez said that Fidel Castro is concentrating on the future of the peoples with profound awareness, spirit and mind.

“This letter, which he sent to all the Venezuelan people, Chávez continued, “gives a political, ethical, historic, and economic analysis of the circumstances in which Cuba and Venezuela have developed.

“There are two periods in the life of the two peoples. Venezuelan oil is not sugar cane. It is a product which, although market prices were low at the time, such was the volume and quality that it generated a huge income in a currency that possessed tremendous acquisitive power for decades,” read Chávez.

“Your country achieved certain levels of industrial development,” continued Fidel Castro in the letter that the South American leader said he would read in sections.

“On your own merits and with tremendous popular support, you are assuming leadership of a people who received very little for what they produced,” noted Fidel in his message, in reference to Chávez’ electoral triumph in 1998.

“There was a surplus of workers, there was unemployment, the consumerism of the rich, their Yankee-style stores and services, they forced you to sell the workforce, they subjected it to inflation, they shamelessly sold your hard currency reserves,” added the Cuban leader.

In contrast, Cuba relied solely on its income from sugar cane.

“There used to be an inefficient state apparatus and an army without its own history, the whole thing was a Yankee invention. They both disappeared,” Chávez read on, after expressing gratitude for Fidel’s reflections, which will benefit revolutionaries throughout the world.

“We, the inexperienced, achieved power with more audacity than leaders of the French Revolution such as Dantón, but with the same radicalism as Robespierre.”

Chávez affirmed that the paragraphs have profound historical significance. •

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