[News] Fidel - They Will Never Have Cuba
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Reflection and Manifesto for the People of Cuba
THEY WILL NEVER HAVE CUBA
June 17, 2007
"Aimara" <aimara at cubanmission.com>
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 didnt 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 Nixons
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 Martí.
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
empires 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, dont you doubt that either!
I assure you that you will never have Cuba!
Fidel Castro Ruz
June 17, 2007
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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