[R-G] Granma: We will always turn to his arsenal of ideas
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Wed Feb 20 14:10:37 MST 2008
We will always turn to his arsenal of ideas
BY LAZARO BARREDO MEDINA
• THERE are not many times that this world has seen such ethical stature
and political transparency as that just demonstrated by President Fidel
Castro in his message, and he has done it with the verticality of always
or, as an outstanding combatant qualified it a long time ago: "It’s a
fact that, even in politics, Fidel is a gentleman."
Many of us supposed that that decision to communicate to us that he was
not aspiring to, and nor would he accept the post of President of the
Council of State was the prior announcement in that little paragraph
contained in the profound political, economic and military analysis of
the United States that he gave in his Reflections of last Friday,
But, while anticipated, the communication of the Commander in Chief of
the Revolution has not failed to have a profound impact on us, not only
on account of his decision, but because of the spirit of combat with
which he has made it, its generosity and the call to meditate on the
great significance of the responsibility that we all have in the in the
struggle to keep aloft the banners of independence and socialism.
Fidel has not resigned, he has not bid us farewell, but on account of
his physical limitations he has communicated to us a decision on which
he has meditated a lot: "I only wish to fight as a soldier of ideas."
That is the consequence of what he has always said to us and which he is
now proclaiming with his example, that a communist has to dedicate one
hundred percent of his or her energies, work and life to revolutionary
Far from being distressed, we should support his decision and take up
the challenge with firmness and a disposition to do things much better
in order to attain the total invulnerability of our homeland, as he has
asked us time and time again in the last few years.
The enemies of the Revolution, in conjunction with a gross manipulation
by a notable section of the press, have been running their mouths off in
the last few hours in a vain attempt to turn their desires into reality,
and a handful of night owls have called for transitions – as if Cuba had
not made its profound and total transformation from January 1, 1959 –
and other deluded persons have even demanded armed uprisings. In their
mediocrity, they fail to understand that in Cuba there will never again
be a Zanjón Pact, but a permanent Baraguá and an unyielding Cry of
Baire. There will be no return to petty dictatorships here, for unity
and consensus around the Party will be maintained as an indestructible
forge of the Cuban nation.
In this world where politics is a caricature, they are unable to
understand that, in its thinking and action, this Revolution is a
process of continuity; that compañero Fidel will continue being the
leader of the Revolution of today and tomorrow, to whose ideas we will
always have to turn. They cannot understand that Fidel has managed to
transcend political life to insert himself as an intimate in the family
life of the overwhelming majority of Cubans.
We shall continue awaiting the "Reflections of Comrade Fidel," which
will be a powerful arsenal of ideas, direction and education, and we
shall do so with the pride that we feel today on seeing that we have
until his last breath a Comandante who roars, or, as an old worker
emotionally said at one of the Party Congresses, in a loud voice full of
sentiment and which has become the heritage of all revolutionaries: "The
homeland once again contemplates with pride our Jefe, Fidel."
Translated by Granma International
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