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Yet another Fidel Castro “Reflection” from one foot in the grave & opinion

Posted June 18, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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(original title: Fidel Castro: They Will Never Have Cuba)

Havana, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) With the title “They Will Never Have Cuba,” “Granma” newspaper publishes a reflection and manifesto for the people of Cuba, signed by President Fidel Castro.

Due to its importance, Prensa Latina integrally reproduces below the text of the document:

REFLECTION AND MANIFESTO FOR THE PEOPLE OF CUBA

“THEY WILL NEVER HAVE CUBA”

I hope that no-one say that I am gratuitously attacking Bush. Surely they will understand my reasons for strongly criticizing his policies.

Robert Woodward is an American journalist and writer who became famous for the series of articles published by The Washington Post, written by him and Carl Bernstein, and which eventually led to the investigation and resignation of Nixon. He is author and co-author of ten best-sellers. With his fearsome style he manages to wrench confessions from his interviewees. In his book, State of Denial, he says that on June 18, 2003, three months after the Iraq war had begun, as he was on the way out of his White House office following an important meeting, Bush slapped Jay Garner on the back and said to him:

“Hey, Jay, you want to do Iran?

“Sir, the boys and I talked about that and we want to hold out for Cuba. We think the rum and the cigars are a little better…The women are prettier.”

Bush laughed. “You got it. You got Cuba.”

Bush was betrayed by his subconscious. It was in his mind when he declared what scores of dark corners should be expecting to happen and Cuba occupies a special place among those dark corners.

Garner, a recently retired three-star general who had been appointed Head of the Post-War Planning Office for Iraq, created by secret National Security Presidential Directive, was considered by Bush an exceptional man to carry out his war strategy. Appointed for the post on January 20, 2003, he was replaced on May 11 of that same year at the urging of Rumsfeld. He didn’t have the nerve to explain to Bush his strong disagreements on the matter of the strategy to be pursued in Iraq. He was thinking of another one with identical purpose. In the past few weeks, thousands of marines and a number of US aircraft carriers, with their naval supporting forces, have been maneuvering in the Persian Gulf, a few miles off the Iranian territory.

It will very soon be 50 years since our people started suffering a cruel blockade; thousands of our sons and daughters have died or have been mutilated as a result of the dirty war against Cuba, the only country in the world to which an Adjustment Act has been applied inciting illegal emigration, yet another cause of death for Cuban citizens, including women and children; more than 15 years ago Cuba lost her principal markets and sources of supply for foods, energy, machinery, raw materials and long-term low-interest financing.

First the socialist bloc collapsed followed almost immediately by the USSR, dismantled piece by piece. The empire tightened and internationalized the blockade; the proteins and calories which were quite well distributed despite our deficiencies were reduced approximately by 40 percent; diseases such as optical neuritis and others appeared; the shortage of medicines, also a result of the blockade, became an everyday reality. Medicines were allowed to enter only as a charitable act, to demoralize us; these, in their turn, became a source of illegal business and black-market dealings.

Inevitably, the “special period” struck. This was the sum total of all the consequences of the aggression and it forced us to take desperate measures whose harmful effects were bolstered by the colossal media machine of the empire. Everyone was awaiting, some with sadness and others with oligarchic glee, the crumbling of the Cuban Revolution.

The access to convertible currency greatly harmed our social consciousness, to a greater or a lesser degree, due to the inequalities and ideological weaknesses it created.

Throughout its lifetime, the Revolution has taught the people, training hundreds of thousands of teachers, doctors, scientists, intellectuals, artists, computer engineers and other professionals with university and post-graduate degrees in dozens of professions. This storehouse of wealth has allowed us to reduce infant mortality to low levels, unthinkable in any Third World country, and to raise life expectancy as well as the average educational level of the population up to the ninth grade.

By offering Cuba oil under favorable terms of payment at a time when oil prices were escalating dramatically, the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution brought a significant relief and opened up new possibilities, since our country was already beginning to produce her own energy in ever-growing amounts.

Concerned over its interests in that country, the empire had for years been planning to destroy that Revolution, and so it attempted to do it in April 2002, as it will attempt to do again as many times as it can. This is why the Bolivarian revolutionaries are preparing to resist.

Meanwhile, Bush has intensified his plans for an occupation of Cuba, to the point of proclaiming laws and an interventionist government in order to install a direct imperial administration.

Based on the privileges granted to the United States in Bretton Woods and Nixon’s swindle when he removed the gold standard which placed a limit on the issuing of paper money, the empire bought and paid with paper tens of trillions of dollars, more than twelve digit figures. This is how it preserved an unsustainable economy. A large part of the world currency reserves are in US Treasury bonds and bills. For this reason, many would rather not have a dollar crisis like the one in 1929 that would turn those paper bills into thin air. Today, the value of one dollar in gold is at least eighteen times less than what it was in the Nixon years. The same happens with the value of the reserves in that currency.

Those paper bills have kept their low current value because fabulous amounts of increasingly expensive and modern weapons can be purchased with them; weapons that produce nothing. The United States exports more weapons than anyone else in the world. With those same paper bills, the empire has developed a most sophisticated and deadly system of weapons of mass destruction with which it sustains its world tyranny.

Such power allows it to impose the idea of transforming foods into fuels and to shatter any initiative and commitment to avoid global warming, which is visibly accelerating.

Hunger and thirst, more violent hurricanes and the surge of the sea is what Tyranians and Trojans stand to suffer as a result of imperial policies. It is only through drastic energy savings that humanity will have a respite and hopes of survival for the species; but the consumer societies of the wealthy nations are absolutely heedless of that.

Cuba will continue to develop and improve the combative capacities of her people, including our modest but active and efficient defensive weapons industry which multiplies our capacity to face the invaders no matter where they may be, and the weapons they possess. We shall continue acquiring the necessary materials and the pertinent fire power, even though the notorious Gross Domestic Product as measured by capitalism may not be growing, for their GDP includes such things as the value of privatizations, drugs, sexual services and advertising, while it excludes many others like free educational and health services for all citizens.

From one year to the next the standard of living can be improved by raising knowledge, self-esteem and the dignity of people. It will be enough to reduce wastage and the economy will grow. In spite of everything, we will keep on growing as necessary and as possible.

“Freedom costs dearly, and it is necessary to either resign ourselves to live without it or to decide to buy it for its price”, said Mart¡.

“Whoever attempts to conquer Cuba will only gather the dust of her soil soaked in blood, if he does not perish in the fight”, exclaimed Maceo.

We are not the first revolutionaries to think that way! And we shall not be the last!

One man may be bought, but never a people.

Fate decreed that I could survive the empire’s murderous machine. Shortly, it will be a year since I became ill and, while I hovered between life and death, I stated in the Proclamation of July 31, 2006: “I do not harbor the slightest doubt that our people and our Revolution will fight until the last drop of blood.”

Mr. Bush, don’t you doubt that either!

I assure you that you will never have Cuba!

Fidel Castro Ruz

June 17, 2007

2:03 p.m.

sus

PL-8

Member Comments

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On June 18, 2007, publisher wrote:

Yes, I couldn’t help changing the title of this “Reflection”.

I’d like to say a couple things to absent President Fidel Castro:

1. No one is listening. Your rantings are those of an old man who cannot or will not leave his hospital room. This comes from someone who has had an open mind about you and Cuba for many years but your unquenchable thirst for power rings hollow today.

2. We don’t care. Your words don’t have the power they once did when you would stand in public for hours forcing people to listen to you.

3. You are loosing your mind. You are undoubtedly surrounded by sycophants who will only say “Si, el Jefe Maximo” with no one to offer debate.

4. How dare you compare yourself to Antonio Maceo or Jose Marti. They were freedom fighters (like you were in the 1950’s and no later) and they would be in the mountains planning against you as they did their against their oppressors of their day. 

Fidel Castro, you are the oppressor, not the oppressed.

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On June 19, 2007, wanderer wrote:

what amazes me is the monotony of the discourse: the evil imperialists vs the mighty revolutionaries. how can anyone write piece after piece of the same old thing and expect anyone to listen? i’ve read this so many times before. castro needs the evil empire to position himself as a leader of significance on the world stage. if cuba was a normal democracy, i suspect that it would probably be an inconspicuous little island.

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On June 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Interesting point.

Not sure about the inconspicuous little island comment though. Cuba was an economic powerhouse with plentiful resources. I dare say it could have been and may still be able to have a better economy that all of Mexico.

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On June 19, 2007, abh wrote:

Publisher, not sure if I agree that it was an “economic powerhouse with plentiful resources”...

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On June 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Back in the 1800s Cuba sold sugar and cigars to the world. I believe the copper and nickel mines were very profitable as well.

The port of Havana was the busiest in the world in the 1700s if I remember reading right.

With her potential for tourism, development, intellectual capital, skilled labor and natural resources, Cuba can once again be an economic force in this hemisphere.

Now, imagine if (someday) business laws are set up similar to that of the Cayman Islands and then, my friend, Cuba will be one of the richest countries in the world.

Also imagine if Cuba operated on solar and wind energy on top of all this!

Cuba can put Mexico, all Caribbean islands and most, if not all of the central and south American countries to shame.

That’s the future of Cuba I would like to see.

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On June 19, 2007, abh wrote:

Hey, fair enough, I’m not trying to be contrarian, we’re all wishing for the best after all…I think there is some promise in the oil industry, and of course everybody likes cigars and tourism, but I question if there are many other natural resources that can be exploited.  The sugar industry is a shadow of its former self and aside from nickel I can’t think of any other main exports.  Now intellectual capital, that’s another issue; there’s definitely a lot of that.  As far as creating a tax haven a la Cayman Islands: don’t hold your breath.

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On June 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Good response. I just started a *sticky” post about how Cuba might be an economic powerhouse. Go to the home page and look for the *sticky* at the top.

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On June 26, 2007, publisher wrote:

Yet another meaningless rambling from absent President Fidel Castro.

Who is going to read this? And after anyone reads this they say “So what?”

Mr. President…NO ONE CARES!