Brother Obama

We don’t need that the empire gives us anything. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because it’s our commitment with peace and fraternity with every human beings living on this planet.

Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu

28th  march 2016 01:03:16

The Kings of Spain brought the conquerors and owners, whose prints stayed on the circular plots of lands assigned to the gold finders in the river sands, an abusive and muggy way of exploitation whose vestiges can be seen from the sky in many places of the country.

Tourism today, largely, consists in showing the delights of landscapes and tasting the delikatessen of our seas, and if it’s always shared with private capital of the great foreign corporations, whom whether benefits don’t reach thousands of million dollars per capita they’re not worthy of any attention.

As I’m forced to mention the matter, I must add, mainly to the young people, that few people are aware of the importance of such condition in this particular time of the human History. I won’t tell that time is wasted, but I don’t hesitate to affirm that we’re not informed enough, nor we nor you, about acknowledges and consciences that we should have to endure realities which challenges us. What you have to take into account firstly is that our lives are a historic fraction of second, what you must share also with the vital needs of every human being. One of the characteristics of that is the tendency to the overvaluation of its role, which contrasts on the other hand with an extraordinary amount of people that embody the loftiest dreams.

Nobody, however, is bad or good by itself. None of us is designed to the role we have to assume in the revolutionary society. Partly, we the Cubans we had the privilege of having José Martí as an example. I even wonder if he had or not to fall on Dos Ríos, when he said “it’s time to me”, and headed against the Spanish forces entrenched behind a solid fire line. We didn’t want to come back to United States and nobody was able to make him come back. Someone pulled out some sheets from his diary. Who took the perfidious fault, which was clearly the work of any intriguing unconscionable? Differences among bosses are known, but never indiscipline. Who tries to appropriate Cuba will pick up the dust from the blood-soaked ground, if not dies in fight, declared the prodigious black leader Antonio Maceo. You recognize also in Máximo Gómez, the most disciplined and discrete military chief of our History.

Looking from another angle, how not to get admired of the indignation of Bonifacio Byrne, when, from the distant ship that was bringing him back to Cuba, watching another flag next to the lonely star’s one, he declared: “My flag is the one that has never been mercenary…”, to add immediately one of the most beautiful sentences as I’ve never heard: “If my flag is ever broken in small pieces…our dead raising their arms still will know how to defend it! I won’t forget either the burning words of Camilo Cienfuegos that night, when at some dozens of meters bazookas and machine guns of North American origin, on counterrevolutionary hands, pointed towards the terrace where we were stopped. Obama was born on August, 1961, as he told. More than a half century passed ever since.

Look, however, how our illustrious visitor thinks today:

“I came here to leave behind the last vestiges of the Cold War in the Americas. I came here by extending the hand of friendship to the Cuban people”.

Immediately a downpour of concepts came, entirely new to most of us.

“We both live in a new world colonized by Europeans”. The US President continued. “Cuba, like the US, was built by slaves brought from Africa; like the United States, the Cuban people have heritage in slaves and slave-owners”.

The native populations don’t exist at all in Obama’s mind. He don’t tell either that the racial discrimination was swept away by the Revolution; that retirement and salary of all Cubans were enacted by this before Mr. Barack Obama turned ten years old.  The odious and racist bourgeois habits of hiring thugs to black citizens were expelled from recreation centers were swept by the Cuban Revolution. This would be remembered for the battle fought in Angola against apartheid, ending the presence of nuclear weapons in a continent of more than one thousand million people. That was not the goal of our solidarity, but to help the countries of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and other from the fascist colonial domain of Portugal.

In 1961, just two years and three months after the Triumph of the Revolution, a mercenary force with cannons and armored infantry, equipped with aircraft, was trained and accompanied by warships and carriers from the United States, raiding our country. Nothing can justify this premeditated attack costing hundreds of killed and wounded. By the pro-Yankee assault brigade, there weren’t anywhere evidences about they could evacuate any mercenary. Yankees fighters were presented before Unites Nations as rebel Cuban teams.

It is well known the military experience and power of that country. In Africa also they believed that revolutionary Cuba would easily put out of action. The attack through the Southern Angola by the motorized brigades of the racist South Africa leads them to the outskirts of Luanda, the capital of this country. Hence a struggle that lasted not less than 15 years starts. I wouldn’t ever speak about his, unless I had the elemental duty to respond to Obama’s speech at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso.

I won’t try either to give details, just emphasize that there an honorable page in the struggle for human liberation was written. In a way I wanted Obama’s behavior was correct. His humble origins and his natural intelligence were evident. Mandela was imprisoned for life and had become a giant in the struggle for the human dignity. One day came to my hands a copy of the book on is narrated part of the life of Mandela and oh, surprise! : It was prefaced by Barack Obama. I flipped through quickly. It was amazing the size of the Mandela’s lowercase letter stating data. It’s worthy to have known men like him.

About South African episode I must point another experience. I was certainly interested to know more details about the way how South Africans had acquired nuclear weapons. I’ve just very precise information that they didn’t have more than 10 or 12 bombs. A safe source would be the professor and researcher Piero Gleijeses, who had drafted the text “Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington and Africa 1959-1976”; an excellent job. I knew he was the safest source of what happened and so I communicated him; he replied that he hadn’t told anymore about this affair, because in the text he answered his companion Jorge Risquet’s questions, who had been ambassador or Cuban collaborator in Angola, a very close friend of him. I found Risquet; already on another important business he was a course to be finished in several weeks. That task coincided with a quite recent travel of Piero to our country; I have warned him that Risquet was old and his health wasn’t optimal. Few days after what I feared happened. Risquet worsened and he died. When Piero came there was nothing to do except promises, but I had already got information about what was related to that weapon and the help that the racist South Africa had received from Reagan and Israel.

I don’t know what would have to say Obama about this story. I don’t know what he knew or not, although it is very doubtful that he knew absolutely nothing. My humble suggestion to him is to reflect and do not try now to develop theories about Cuban politics.

There’s an important question:

Obama delivered a speech in which he uses the most honeyed words: “It’s high time to forget the past, forget the past, look at the future, and look at it together, a hope’s future. And it won’t be easy, there will be challenges, and to those we’ll give time; but my stay here gives me more hope for what we can do together as friends, as family, as neighbors, together.”

It’s supposed that each of us risked a heart attack upon hearing these words of the President of the United States. After a merciless blockade that has lasted almost 60 years, and those who have died in the mercenary attacks on ships and Cuban ports, an airliner full of passengers detonated in midair, mercenary invasions, multiple acts of violence and strength?

That nobody gets illusion that the people of this noble and unselfish country will give up their glory and rights, and the spiritual wealth that they got with the development of education, science and culture.

I warn also that we are able to produce the food and material riches which we need with the effort and the intelligence of our people. We don’t need that the empire gives away us anything. Our efforts will be legal and peaceful, because it’s our commitment with peace and fraternity of the whole human beings that we live in this planet.

 

Fidel Castro Ruz

March 27th, 2016