As an exceptional speaker capable of captivating millions of people with his speeches and as the protagonist of marathon interviews, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz delivered throughout his political life, countless thoughts and expressions that expose the greatness of a Revolution that already is 60 years old.
To their concepts and predictions contained in what could be described as famous phrases, we are approaching today.
“This revolution is as green as palms.” Fidel affirmed in the first days of January 1959, a thesis that would become the lights of hope of a people committed to the defense and 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 By of Pigs, and on April 16 of that year, he starred alongside the uniformed people the first great defeat of Yankee imperialism in America, then he sentenced: “We we have made a revolution; a socialist revolution under the same noses of the United States.”
And months later, on December 1, he said: “That was the path that the Revolution had to follow: the path of the anti-imperialist struggle and the path of socialism, that is, of the nationalization of all the great industries, of the great commerce, nationalization and social ownership of the fundamental means of production”.
In the following decades the Moncada Program was consolidated with the improvement of the economy, culture, education, sports, agriculture … among other sectors.
The year 1991 was coming. The Cuban people were preparing for what would cause the disintegration of the Soviet Union (USSR).
In that difficult context for the country’s economy, Fidel announced: “The times ahead are tougher, so we must accompany the historical generation leading this fight, because tomorrow when they are not with us, the homeland that we are going to leave must be solid, without disorder, without indiscipline, without corruption. That is the challenge! ”
The crudest stage of the special period is behind. The Cuban people suffered, lacked food, clothing and footwear, but it was always accompanied by the Giant, that universal being who years ago said, “Whoever falls, whoever dies, the Cuban Revolution will not disappear” … “With weapons in hand I don’t care about the way he dies, but with the assurance 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 remains, the greatest, the giant, the guide, the Father…
Translated by Ada Iris Guerrero