Fidel: This Revolution is as green as the palms

As an exceptional speaker, capable of captivating millions of people with his speeches or as protagonist of marathon interviews, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, throughout his political life, has given countless thoughts and expressions that expose in a spectacular way the history of a Revolution that is already 58 years old.


To his visions and predictions contained in what could be described as celebrated phrases, we are approaching today.


"This revolution is as green as the palms." Fidel affirmed in the first days of January of 1959, thesis that would become the lights of hopes of a town committed to the defense and the consolidation of the nascent homeland.


The year 1961 was decisive in the definition of the Cuban political model. On the first date we were victims of the international harassment of Yankee imperialism, such as the attack on Bay of Pigs and on April 16 of that year, before all the people in uniform marched to what became the first great defeat of Yankee imperialism in America, he said: "We have made a revolution; A socialist revolution under the same noses of the United States. "


And months later, on December 1, he asserted: "That was the way the Revolution had to follow: the road of anti-imperialist struggle and the road of socialism, that is, the nationalization of all the great industries, the great trade, nationalization and social ownership of the basic means of production.”

In the following decades the Moncada Program was consolidated with the improvement of the economy, culture, education, sport, agriculture ... among other sectors.


It came in 1991. The Cuban people were preparing for what the Commander in Chief had announced years earlier: the Soviet Union was disintegrating.


In that difficult context for the country's economy the Fidel announced: "The times ahead are harder, so we must accompany the historical generation by leading this fight, because tomorrow, when they are not with us, the homeland we are going to leaving has to be solid, without disorder, without indiscipline, without corruption. That's the challenge! "


It was behind the crudest stage of the special period. The Cuban people suffered yes, lacked food, clothing and footwear, but it was always accompanied by the Giant, that universal being who in later years affirmed "Fall whoever falls, die whoever dies, the Cuban Revolution will not disappear" ... "With arms in the Hand, I do not care how I die, but with the certainty that, if they invade us, I will die fighting.”


And in that struggle of the Cuban people to maintain the conquests of the revolution, Fidel, the greatest, the giant, the guide, the father remains...
Translated by Ada Iris Guerrero