Fidel Castro (1926-2016): The 1994 Speech.

By Jerry Alatalo

castro-2Alphabet Legendary socialist leader and revolutionary Fidel Castro passed away in Cuba at the age of 90. Public opinion of Castro during his lifetime was highly-charged, passionate and ran the gamut from love, respect and adoration to hostility, enmity and loathing. Some praised his revolutionary actions as noble, egalitarian and just, giving credit for improving the Cuban people’s education, health and fundamental welfare. Others criticized his efforts, in particular economically, as leading to poor (re: money, material things) living conditions for the people of Cuba. Whether people held favorable or unfavorable views on Fidel Castro, there is no denying reality. In his 90 year lifetime he became one of the most well-known, influential human beings on Earth.

Castro’s Earthly journey paralleled in many ways that walked by South African leader and fellow revolutionary Nelson Mandela. Both engaged in political struggle against repressive, corrupt, violent governments; both became sentenced to prison as a result of those struggles (Castro for a considerably shorter duration), and both eventually became the leaders of their countries. Remarkably, both men also lived for nine decades despite the risks of assassination brought on through taking on the most powerful individuals and groups in the world.

One can envisage that on “the other side” Fidel Castro first saw and became greeted by, among others, Nelson Mandela. One can only imagine what the eternal souls of those men are communicating to each other telepathically after their meeting in the hereafter. In such an instance one can only imagine being a fortunate “fly on the wall” of heaven listening in on certainly a fantastic discussion.

With Fidel Castro’s passing, perhaps the chances of actions by the United States Congress to end the decades-long blockade of Cuba will increase, negotiations based on mutual respect can occur, and equitable beneficial terms agreed upon by both Cuban and American representatives results in normalized relations between the two geographically close, neighboring countries.

Much has been spoken and written about Castro, U.S.-Cuba relations, and the influence Castro projected in Latin America and around the world. With his passing, the talk and writings will intensify in all regions and nations – and likely be less passionate, more nostalgic, and of historical nature. In such an atmosphere, where an internationally recognized political leader with Castro’s larger-than-life stature passes away, discussions about his life and what it meant, the future of Cuba and its people, and the global ideological struggle between capitalism and socialism will become more philosophical, sober, pragmatic and academically inclined.

Time will tell if Fidel Castro’s passing will spark and ignite an intellectual and spiritual fire focused on designing improved economic models which create some form of positive balance between capitalism and socialism, new ideas on public and private division of responsibility for governments and societies, and which if successful ends the black-or-white, polarizing and dangerous historical pattern or trajectory on Earth.

As noted, much has already been spoken and written about the iconic Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Much more of the same will occur during this time surrounding his passing and far into the future. Most would agree – those who don’t share Fidel Castro’s political ideology/worldview, those who do, and everyone in between – the man without apology spoke his truth. Perhaps it’s best to listen to the man himself.

(Thank you to Joe Friendly at YouTube)

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7 thoughts on “Fidel Castro (1926-2016): The 1994 Speech.

  1. Big influence in my life. Showed how in life the ant could be a tiger before the giant. He even made the blockade seem like it was just a minor irritation. It seemed at one time it was Fidels commitment vision and determination that alone stood up to US hegemony and bullying. Hasta siempre, Fidel

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    1. sedwith,
      How are you. Castro was like so many millions around the Earth who in recent years have gained the virtual equivalent of college degrees through the internet, but Castro’s time was one where actual books were the primary means for self-education, and he (besides being a university trained lawyer) was highly-read. What’s remarkable was he came from a family with wealth in Cuba yet chose as he did, even making state-possession of his family’s large sugar plantation the first step in Cuba’s land reform process leading to some 200,000 landless people receiving title to property. The video is one (edited down from 2 hours by Joe Friendly) hour of Castro’s 1994 speech, given without notes or teleprompter, and extemporaneous – rare if not non-existent these days for political leaders. If interested in much greater detail about the JFK-Castro-Cuban missile crisis (and much more about U.S./world history) one can learn much from the lectures of Professor Daniel Sheehan by visiting “Romero Institute” channel at YouTube. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Peace.

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      1. I was 9 years old during the Cuban missile crisis and living in the UK. It was a significant motivator for my parents to immigrate to Australia in 64. Just in time for Aus to introduce conscription and go all the way with LBJ in Vietnam. I met the north Vietnamese delegation and Doctor Spock on his peace tour. I planned to finally go to Cuba for his 90th birthday before the US formally moved in….smoke a cuban and share a rum I was always late.

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        1. Your mention of LBJ reminded that JFK was most likely murdered by him and a band of powerful co-conspirators. Kennedy was moving forward with peace efforts including a nuclear weapons ban agreement with Russia and Kruschchov, normalizing relations with Cuba and Castro, and cutting back drastically U.S. military and interventions (wars), etc. so the deep state killed him (along with Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, for the same reasons). LBJ was all in with Israel on the U.S.S. Liberty false flag of 1967, verified by a Liberty survivor who commented on a Liberty post here that “LBJ wanted us all dead…”. You still have the opportunity to travel to Cuba, smoke that cigar and share a rum with Raul… 🙂 Thanks.

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    1. Lara/Trace,
      How are you. It seemed appropriate to bypass others’ commentary on the life of Fidel Castro and present his own words. Unfortunately, the circumstances in Cuba when Castro joined with Che Guevara (Castro a lawyer and Che a doctor) and 80 others made violence their only option. Perhaps now in 2016 – looking back to the tragic times where violence became the sole means for people to attain freedom – peaceful means will be developed and come to the forefront allowing positive results, without the need for violence, and true spiritual evolution of humanity will prevail. Thank you.

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