Some on the ‘left’ have been using the occasion of Fidel Castro’s death, just like the incoming trump has, to call for an end to the Cuban Revolutionary Leadership and that with these figures out of the way the Cuban People will finally be free to be free and that any on the left who admired and respected Fidel are under a double standard as he was a brutal repressive dictator.
Here is my response, to that assertion of which I disagree. I include first a link to an extract from Noam Chomsky’s book ‘Hegemony or Survival, Metropolitan Books, 2003′ which documents the USA’s war Of terror since 1959 against the people of Cuba & their revolutionary sovereignty and example to the world. This short extract at least, is vital reading for anyone sincerely trying to understand the particular reality of the Cuban people’s situation.
To equate support for those who have protected the Cuban People’s revolutionary democracy with instead a support for repression and imprisonment of Cuban people’s mind’s and live’s expression is not true. The Cuban leader is unelected but their state has been under constant attack, sabotage and siege since it rose in a successful people’s revolution in 1959. This is a terrible reality well documented in Chomsky’s article linked above. But the sincerity of the Cuban revolution led by Fidel can best be proved in its achievements.
They have a grassroots private ballot elections for the delegates to the People’s provincial Assemblies and for the members of their national Parliament. With many levels of public participatory forums that lead to consensus thats then carried forward by elected representatives for particular population areas. People in a municipality will prepose and nominate their own candidates not pick what they are given by a vested party. This is seen by many as a step ahead of other democracies.
They have universal free full and world respected social services and welfares. In education, housing, health care, high employment in wide amount of diverse professions, high achievements in arts, sports and culture. They are the first nation in world during the 1990’s to become, thru’ their remarkable human ingenuity and community effort environmentally self sustainable.
The Cuban people are vocal in seeking progressive society. They have voter turnout in high 90s %. Unlike the falling voting levels and despair in our corporate dominated politics and societies. A few years ago one municipalities’ people proposed and elected the first lesbian to represent them in their assembly. As in other societies these openings in peoples attitudes to identity progress gradually.
This all has developed and been protected by their revolutionary armed forces and leadership and the necessary vigilance of their people. Their superpower neighbour, the so called ‘leader of the free world’ has tried to maliciously imprison and restrict them in embargo and blockade both material and political and has waged an unrelenting war of terror targeted against the cuban people since their free popular revolution in 1959. This war has been led by successive USA leaders and their lobbies and agencies foreign and domestic. If we look at any, of the other Caribbean nations that have openly allowed the USA’s Endowment for Democracy to fund opposition parties and set up USA sponsored propaganda media in their countries. We see with out exception that as soon as their people’s democratic choices become contrary to USA’s interests and corporations, then those governments have suffered a formula of sham protests & news media that lead to illusory pretexts for violent coups. Resulting in the arrest or murder of the peoples elected leaders, followed by violent crackdowns and its back to their country been run for the wealthy and in USA’s interests with reductions of the citizens rights and the impoverishment of their societies own interests and welfare.
This happened in Honduras in 2009, USA was first to recognise and approve the coups leaders as they imprisoned the elected leader. In Haiti in 2004 their elected leader was kidnapped and flown away by foreign special forces, because he proposed some moderate economic resolutions in his nations interests not the USA’s and global capitalism’s. In San Salvador and Dominican republic USA supported coups and capitalist backyard slave economies. In 2002 Venezuela had a USA backed coup that failed. In Brazil this year the elected leader has been removed by criminals in what many say is a coup and supported by USA and its interests in more control. All the world is in danger of coup and subversion by the USA’s Imperial Doctrine of Manifest ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’. Ever since Cuba began with its brave early revolution to crumble the lies of the USA’s empire. They have never forgiven Cuba for that & will wipe out its sovereignty and democracies authenticity as soon as they are allowed. This is why Cuba has had to remain in a state of protection as a con sequence from USA aggression. To demonise Castro for remaining to protect and keep the revolution secure is to play perfectly into the propaganda narrative of the real threat to Cuban liberty the USA who’s strategy is to pretend their enemy is Castro & the leadership. But the documented evidence shows they have in reality always waged a war in many forms of murdering terror, subversion, sabotage and blockade against the Cuban people on the island. So clearly can it be evidenced all around this robust but ‘blockade hampered’ society of Cuba the USA empire has impoverished the other nations because it could.
Now with this new corporate fascist leader of USA coming in, who supports in his appointments every violent rich exploitative lobby group he can. Cuba’s democracy now needs our support more than ever, not a leadership demonisation and amputation. Where then defrocked it may better enter a rape marriage with trump?
Those critical of this support for Fidel and the Cuban revolution have characterised it as hagiographic idolatry and foolish romanticism. But it is not, it is practical admiration for Castro’s fidelity to his people’s revolution. He has under siege protected the essential of his people’s achievements from absolutist USA malice. That is reality not romanticism. Cuba’s democracy has managed to endure and develop and inspire the other peoples of the world under an unbelievably bitter cruel and deceitful USA led adversity. While other nations around her fall into hopeless poverty, Cuba in its blockaded shortages has prospered in so many exemplary ways, this is thanks in a big way to the unique life’s work of Fidel Castro, to acknowledge that in this week of his death is not hagiography it is fair and practical respect for a man who has inseparably thru’ his peoples great efforts lifted Cuban dignity in the minds and hearts of all the world!
But of course what would be the happiest future for the Cuban People would be for the USA to lift their blockade embargo, which is condemned by all the other nations of the world community. To allow the Cuban people to at last breath and fully prosper, to get on with their revolution and democracy.
This doesn’t look likely with trump, he says he wants to help Cuban people but all his showman words are cheep throw away tinsel, any rational person can see by his early appointments he isn’t going to be helping any people anywhere.
Sadly his coming into power follows just after some perhaps positive progress in a long while has just been made to dawn between Cuba and USA under Obama’s better efforts.
I wish in my heart to the Cuban people and the family of Fidel, all the best for their future, as so many of them this Sunday will be saying goodbye to their long lived audacious hero, out on his final great adventure.
As a young teen I remember my first political vows. I made them in the singular moonlight of my bedroom, looking to the greatest truth I could touch and hold, for my future world’s better promise. It was a work of art that a warm and political artist friend of my Mum and Dad had given us and I had stole it away up into my teenage cave of future dreams, in its sand glued letters the big sheet read out but two simple words and an exclamation ‘Cuba Libre !’
Antonio Carty 3rd December 2016