Written by Dolores B. Guerra López | Periódico 26 –Nov. 29, 2017: For Fidel, a sense of the historic moment is a political construction in dialogue between ideas and reality, aspirations and present demands, between theory and the specific problems of the nation and the people
A close reading of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz’s speeches and interviews, his concept of Revolution seems to take on a special significance, which for decades has marked, and continues to mark, the political life of Cuba. This definition emphasizes a macro-historical change reflected in the process of decolonization and independence in Latin America.
It is worth recalling that after the conquest and colonization, and the 20th century wars of independence, the countries of this continent were subjected to political and economic domination by the United States.
In this context, the Cuban Revolution led by Fidel marked an important turning point. However, the objectives and achievements of this feat were by no means new; just has he did in History Will Absolve Me, Fidel drew a line of continuity between the country’s wars of independence and the Cuban Revolution, which triumphed in 1959, and was understood to be a process of profound change that would only be complete once the island had overcome external threats and achieved social justice for all.
In the closing ceremony of the International Conference for World Balance, January 29, 2003, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Cuba’s National Hero José Martí, Fidel stated: “Those of us who on July 26, 1953, resumed the struggle for independence begun on October 10, 1868, precisely 100 years after the birth of Martí, had learned from him the ethical principles without which one could not even conceive of a Revolution. From him we also received inspirational patriotism and a concept of honor and human dignity greater than anyone else could have ever taught us.”