Fidel Castro: The 9th Congress of the Young Communist League of Cuba
Escrito por Martin Hacthoun
viernes, 09 de abril de 2010
Havana, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The merits of the Cuban Revolution can be measured by the fact that such a small nation has for so long been capable of putting up a resistance against the hostile policy and criminal actions by the most powerful empire ever in the history of mankind, wrote Fidel Castro in his latest Reflection.
Posted on CubaDebate website under the headline “The 9th Congress of the Young Communist League”, the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution highlights the youth meeting that closed Sunday April 4th and comments on the foundation, determination and challenges ahead of the Revolution.
Here’s in full Fidel Castro’s latest reflection:
THE 9TH CONGRESS OF THE YOUNG COMMUNIST LEAGUE OF CUBA
I had the privilege of following directly the voices, images, ideas, arguments, faces, reactions and applauses of the delegates taking part in the final session of the 9th Congress of the Young Communist League of Cuba held at the Convention Center last Sunday, April 4. The TV cameras show details from much better angles and distances than can be perceived by the eyes of those attending any of these events.
It is no exaggeration to say that to me it was one of the most touching moments of my long and hazardous life. I could not be there but I felt inside like someone engaged in a journey along the ideas for which he has fought three fourth of his life. However, ideas and values would be worthless for a revolutionary who did not feel it is his duty to fight every minute of his life to overcome the ignorance we all come with into the world.
Even if few admit it, chance and circumstances play a decisive role in the results of any human work.
It is sad to think of so many revolutionaries, with many more merits, who could not live to see the victory of the cause for which they fought and died, be it the independence or a deep social Revolution in Cuba; eventually, both are inextricably bound together.
From the mid 1950s, the year I completed my university studies, I considered myself a radical as well as an advanced revolutionary, thanks to the ideas I received from Marti, Marx, and countless thinkers and heroes who wanted a world with more justice. Nearly a century had gone by since October 10, 1868, when our fellow countrymen had started the independence war in our country against what was left in the Americas of a colonial and enslaving empire.
The powerful neighbor to the North had decided the annexation of our country as if it were a ripe fruit fallen from a rotten tree. Europe had already seen the vigorous emergence of the socialist ideas and the struggle of the proletariat against the bourgeois society, which had seized power by a historical law during the French Revolution that broke out on July 1789 inspired in the ideas of Jean Jacob Rousseau and the 18th century’s encyclopedists, which had also been at the roots of the Declaration of Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, representing the revolutionary ideas of that time. Ever more often in human history the events tend to combine and overlap.