REFLECTION BY THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF
THE ETERNAL FLAME
is a political reflection. To be more precise: it is another
proclamation. Exactly one year ago today, on July 31, 2006, I
issued the first proclamation. But the year gone by is worth 10,
for I have had the opportunity to live a unique experience which
has afforded me information and knowledge on vital questions
facing humanity, knowledge I have conveyed to the people of Cuba
with the utmost honesty.
Today, I am
bombarded with questions as to when I will take up again what some
call power, as though that power were possible without
independence. The world knows a real and destructive power,
wielded by a decadent empire which threatens everyone.
has already responded that, as I recover, every important decision
is consulted with me. What will I do? I will fight tirelessly as I
have done my entire life.
One year after the
first Proclamation, I can share with the people of Cuba the
satisfaction of seeing that what was then promised is reflected by
today’s unquestionable reality: Raúl, the Party, the government,
the National Assembly, the Young Communists League and grassroots
and social organizations, headed by the workers, move forward,
guided by the unshakable principle of unity.
With the same
conviction, we continue to struggle relentlessly to have the Five
Heroes, who provided Cuba with information on the United States’
anti-Cuban terrorist plans, released from cruel and merciless
against our own deficiencies and against the insolent enemy which
seeks to take possession of Cuba must be unrelenting.
On this point, I am
obliged to insist on something which the leaders of the Revolution
can never forget: it is our duty to work untiringly to strengthen
our defensive capability and preparedness, under the principle
that, regardless of the circumstances, an unpayable price must be
paid for any invasion.
No one should
entertain the slightest illusion that the empire, which carries
the genes of its own destruction, will negotiate with Cuba. Though
we have said, again and again, that our struggle is not against
the people of the United Sates —something which is absolutely
true— the latter is not in a position to curtail the apocalyptic
impulses of its government or the foul and insane call for what
they label a "democratic Cuba", as though leaders here put
themselves forth and elect themselves without having to pass
through that inflexible filter embodied by the overwhelming
majority of an educated and cultivated people who must support
In a previous
reflection, I invoked the historical figures of
Agramonte and Cespedes. To keep alight the memory of the
innumerable people who fell in combat, of those who fought and
sacrificed themselves for the homeland, Raúl lit a flame that
shall burn for eternity, 50 years after Frank País, the young
22-year-old hero whose example moved all of us, fell in combat.
Life is meaningless
without ideas. There is no greater joy than to struggle in their
Fidel Castro Ruz
July 31, 2007