I make a halt in my
daily struggle to bow my head in respect and gratitude
to the exceptional combatant who fell in combat on
October 8th, forty years ago; for the
example he passed on to us as leader of his Rebel Army
Column, crossing the swampy grounds of the former
provinces of Oriente and Camagüey, while being chased
by enemy troops. He was the liberator of the city of
Santa Clara and the mastermind of voluntary work; he
accomplished honorable political missions abroad and
served as messenger of militant internationalism in
East Congo and Bolivia. He built a new awareness in
our America and the world.
I thank him for what
he tried and failed to do in his home country, because
he was like a flower prematurely severed from its stem.
He left to us his
unmistakable literary style. He was elegant, swift and
true to every detail of whatever happened to cross his
mind. He was a predestinate, but he didn’t know it.
He still fights with us and for us.
commemorated the 31st anniversary of the
killing of all passengers and the crew of a Cubana
airliner blown in mid-air, and we are on the threshold
of the tenth anniversary of the cruel and unjust
imprisonment of the five Cuban anti-terrorist heroes.
We likewise bow our heads in respect to them all.
It was with great
emotion that I watched and heard the commemoration
ceremony on TV.
Fidel Castro Ruz
October 7, 2007