[OPE-L] Fidel Castro, Manifesto for the People of Cuba

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Date: Thu Jun 21 2007 - 12:23:41 EDT

Manifesto for the People of Cuba
by Fidel Castro
Political Affairs Magazine
June 20, 2007

I hope that no one will 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

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 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 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

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