(Taken from CubaDebate)
I shall barely talk about the Cuban
people, who one day swept away United States
domination of their homeland, when the imperialist
system had reached the peak of its power.
Men and women of all ages could be
seen marching through the most emblematic plazas of
the country’s provinces on May Day.
Our Revolution arose in the place
least expected by the empire, in a hemisphere where
it acted as absolute master.
Cuba was the last country to
liberate itself from the Spanish colonial yoke and
the first to shake off the odious imperialist
Today I am fundamentally thinking
about the sister Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
and its heroic struggle against the merciless
plunder of the resources which nature bequeathed to
this noble and selfless nation, which once took its
soldiers to isolated parts of this continent to
bring the Spanish military power to its knees.
Cuba does not need to explain why we
have acted in solidarity, not only with all the
countries in this hemisphere, but also with many in
Africa and other regions of the world.
The Bolivarian Revolution has also
acted in solidarity with our homeland, and its
support of our country took on major importance
during the years of the Special Period. However,
this cooperation was not the result of any request
on the part of Cuba, nor was it to enforce any
conditions on people who required our educational or
medical services. In any circumstances we would have
offered Venezuela our fullest support.
For Cuban revolutionaries,
cooperating with other exploited and poor nations
was always a political principle and a duty to
It satisfies me greatly to observe,
as I did yesterday via Venezolana de Televisión and
Telesur, the profound impact on the sister people of
Venezuela of the Ley Orgánica del Trabajo (Comprehensive
Labor Law) promulgated by the Bolivarian leader and
President of the Republic, Hugo Chávez Frías. I have
never seen anything like it within the political
scenario of our hemisphere.
I paid attention to the enormous
crowds who gathered in the plazas and avenues of
Caracas and, in particular, the spontaneous words of
citizens interviewed. I have rarely seen, perhaps
never, the degree of emotion and hope which they put
into their statements. One could clearly see that
the overwhelming majority of the population is
constituted of humble workers. A veritable battle of
ideas is being forcefully waged.
President Rafael Correa of Ecuador
bravely declared that, more than an era of change,
we are experiencing a change of era. Both Rafael
Correa and Hugo Chávez are Christians. Obama, on the
other hand, what is he, what does he believe in?
On the first anniversary of the
assassination of Bin Laden, Obama is competing with
his rival Mitt Romney to justify that act
perpetrated in a facility close to the Military
Academy of Pakistan, a Muslim country allied to the
Marx and Engels never talked of
murdering members of the bourgeoisie. In the old
bourgeois concept, judges judged and executioners
There is no doubt that Obama was a
Christian; in one of the currents of that religion
he learned the trade of conveying his ideas, an art
which was very important to him in his rapid ascent
within the hierarchy of his party.
The Declaration of Independence
signed in Philadelphia in July of 1776 affirmed that
all men are born free and equal and that their
Creator conceded them all certain rights. It is
known that, three quarters of a century after
Independence, Black slaves continued being sold in
public squares with their wives and children, and
almost two centuries later, Martin Luther King,
winner of the Nobel Peace prize, had a dream, but
The Oslo jury awarded Obama his and
he almost became a legend. However, millions of
people must have noted the scenes. Nobel Prize
winner Barack Obama rapidly traveled to Afghanistan,
as if the world was ignorant of the mass killings,
the burning of books which are sacred for Muslims
and outrages committed on the corpses of murdered
No honest person will ever be in
agreement with acts of terrorism, but does the
President of the United States have the right to
judge and the right to kill; to make himself at once
the court and executioner and to commit such crimes
in a country and against a people located on the
other side of the planet?
We saw the President of the United
States sprinting up the steps of a steep stairway in
his shirtsleeves, advancing rapidly to a temporary
stage and stop to give a speech to a large
contingent of soldiers who half-heartedly applauded
the words of the illustrious President.
Those men were not all born U.S.
I was thinking about the colossal
expense implied by all that and which the world is
paying, as who is going to carry this enormous
expenditure which is already in excess of 15
trillion dollars? That is what the illustrious Nobel
Peace prize winner is offering humanity.
Fidel Castro Ruz
May 3, 2012