Friends from the world;
Once again the judicial mask of the most
hypocritical society that has ever existed falls down exposing the
true face of US imperialism and insulting the world conscience with
a cynical message: Their own laws will not prevent them from
securing the impunity of their own terrorists.
It has not been difficult to understand the meaning
of the term change in the jargon of the US establishment --at
least when it refers to Cuba. The web of crimes, genocide, arrogance
and meanness that has shaped the psyche of this empire will not be
disentangled by the election of a new charismatic president timely
drawn out of a still oppressed segment of the American people. To us,
the Five, who for over a decade have been treated with despicable
viciousness and cowardice, it is but the reiteration of an already
familiar moral: It does not matter how low our captors have fallen,
they can always prove their infinite capacity to fall even lower.
For our families and for us any time is already too
late to do us justice; and the same is true of the decimated native
peoples; of the countries whose territories have been usurped; of
the millions of human beings burned to death by incendiary bombs,
vanished by accomplices to dictatorships, tortured under the advise
of Yankee officers or massacred around the world by corporate
appetite. It is much too late to do justice to the thousands of
victims of terrorism against Cuba, the same terrorism whose
prevention is our unforgivable crime.
We, the Five, can be considered fortunate in
comparison with those millions of victims; innocent children of all
ages; people of every race and creed who under all kinds of ordinary
circumstances have become collateral damage; human beings deprived
of the basic right to life in the safety of their homes, with their
families, who have been suddenly and unexpectedly removed from their
daily lives. We are five soldiers proudly and consciously occupying
our trench, who have decided to rise for something rather than to
fall for nothing. We are the living mirror of the moral values of a
people where the enemy –helpless and full of rage-- can see its own
lack of values, its spiritual poverty, its frail image and all its
evils. We are five Cuban revolutionaries the enemy will never subdue,
an enemy that will live every day of its life with the humiliation
of not understanding why.
To the peoples of the world, the shamelessness of
this process is but the repetition of an old lesson: We are facing
an empire that will not stop before any crime if it believes it can
get away with it. No ethical consideration or universal outcry will
make it stop but the price imposed by resistance.
To the Cuban people, the real target of this act of
vengeance, it becomes another reason to be united, to not believe in
appearances, to always expect the worst from the aggressor, and to
never cease in the construction of a society where the hypocrisy,
revanchism, indignity, deceit and cowardice that fostered a process
like ours are never taken for human virtues, as it is the case in
the neighboring empire.
That will be the only measure of justice worthy of
all its victims.
Ever Onward to Victory!