Reflections of Fidel
The Congress Debates
(Taken from CubaDebate)
THIS morning at 10:00am I listened to the
delegates’ debates at the 6th Congress of the Party.
There were so many commissions that,
logically, I couldn’t listen to everyone who spoke.
They were meeting in five
commissions to discuss a number of issues.
Thereafter I, too, took advantage of the breaks to
breathe calmly and eat some energy providing food.
They surely had more of an appetite given their work
I was impressed by this new
generation’s education, with such a high level of
cultural development, so different from those
learning to read and write precisely in 1961 when
the yankee bombers piloted by mercenaries attacked
the homeland. The majority of the delegates were
children then or had not been born.
I wasn’t so focused on what they
said, but in the way that they said it. They were so
well prepared and their vocabulary was so rich that
I almost didn’t understand them. They discussed
every word, and even the presence or absence of a
comma in the paragraph under discussion.
Their task is even more difficult
than the one assumed by our generation when
socialism was proclaimed 90 miles from the United
In my opinion, therefore, the
principal legacy which we can leave to them is our
commitment to revolutionary principles. There is no
margin for error at this moment in human history. No
one is unaware of that reality.
The Party leadership must be
composed of the best political talents among our
people, capable of confronting the politics of the
empire which are endangering the human species and
creating gangsters like those in NATO, capable of
launching more than 4,000 bombing missions against
an African nation in only 29 days, since the
shameful Odyssey Dawn.
It is the duty of the new generation
of revolutionary men and women to be exemplary
leaders, modest, studious and unwavering fighters
Overcoming, in the barbarous stage
of the consumer society, the system of capitalist
production which promotes and foments the selfish
instincts of human beings constitutes, no doubt, a
The new generation is called upon to
rectify and change without hesitation all that needs
to be corrected and changed and continue
demonstrating that socialism is also the art of
doing the impossible: constructing and making a
reality the Revolution of the poor, by the poor and
for the poor and defending it for half a century
against the most powerful state which has ever
Fidel Castro Ruz
April 17, 2011
Translated by Granma International