BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THE SUMMIT DEBATE
geographic and time barriers disappeared. It seemed
unreal. Never before had a dialogue of this nature taken
place between heads of State and government, most of
whom represented nations that had been pillaged by
colonial and imperialist powers for centuries. Nothing
could have been more instructive.
The Saturday of November 10th,
2007, will go down in the history of our America as a
day of truth.
The ideological Waterloo took place when
the King of Spain abruptly asked Chávez: "Why don’t you
keep quiet?" All hearts in Latin America raced at that
instant. The people of Venezuela, who will be called
upon to vote "yes" or "no" next December 2nd,
were shaken by the emotion of living the glorious days
of Bolivar again. The betrayals and the low blows that
our dear brother endures each day cannot change the way
the Bolivarian people feel.
When Chávez arrived from Chile at the
Caracas airport and I heard him directly mention his
plans to mingle with the crowds, as he has done so many
times, I had the extremely vivid impression that, given
the current circumstances and the highly significant
ideological victory he has attained, a paid assassin of
the empire’s, an oligarch corrupted by the reflexes that
the empire’s propaganda machine has inculcated into
people, or a mentally disturbed person could put an end
to his life. It is impossible to avoid the impression
that the empire and the oligarchy are doing everything
in their power to lead Chávez to a cul-de-sac, that they
can easily place him in the line of fire.
Venezuela must ensure its victory is
transformed, not into a terrible setback, but into a
much greater victory, to prevent imperialism from
leading our species to suicide. We must continue to
struggle and to face risks, but we must not play Russian
roulette or flip a coin every single day. No one escapes
the logic of probability.
In such circumstances, the modern means
of communication through which the summit debates were
aired live are preferable.
Fidel Castro Ruz
November 12, 2007