While an increasing number of persons lack housing, bread,
water, health, education and employment in the planet, the
wealth of the Earth is being wasted and squandered to
manufacture weapons and wage endless fratricidal wars.
This has become –and is ever more becoming- a more
frequent and abominable world practice.
glorious and heroic people,
despite an inhumane blockade that has been in place for more
than half a century, has never given in: it has struggled
and will continue to struggle against the sinister empire.
That is our humble merit and our humble contribution.
the opposite side of our planet, in Seoul, the capital of
South Korea, President Barack Obama is attending a Summit on
Nuclear Security to impose policies related to the
distribution and use of nuclear weapons.
These are, no doubt, unheard of events.
personally did not become aware of these realities just by
mere chance. The experience lived throughout more than
fifteen years since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution
–after the battle in Girón, the criminal Yankee blockade
that intended to subdue us by hunger; the pirate attacks,
the dirty war and the nuclear missile crisis in October,
1962, which pushed the world to the verge of a sinister
hecatomb- led me to the conviction that Marxist and honest
Christians –of whom I had met many- regardless of their
political and religious beliefs, should and could struggle
for justice and peace among human beings.
proclaimed so and I have maintained so without any
hesitation whatsoever. The reasons I
have today are absolutely valid and even more important,
because all the events that have occurred for almost 40
years now confirm that. Today there are
more reasons than ever, because neither Marxists or
Christians, whether Catholic or not; Muslims, Shiites or
Sunnites; freethinkers, dialectical materialists or even
persons who think would like to see the premature
disappearance of our irreplaceable thinking species, and
wait until the complex laws of evolution could give rise to
another similar species with the capacity to think.
Tomorrow I will gladly greet His Excellency Pope Benedict
XVI, as I did with John Paul II, a man in whom the contact
with children and the humble citizens of the people always
aroused feelings of affection.
That is why I decided to ask him for some minutes of his
very busy schedule when I knew from our Foreign Minister
Bruno Rodríguez that he would be glad to have that modest
and simple contact.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 27, 2012