Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Photo taken from Penúltimos Dias

(…) It’s not a question of shouting Fatherland or Death, Down with Imperialism (Applause), the blockade hits us and the earth there, waiting for our sweat. (…)

With the monolithic unity of our people, its strongest army, forged in the crucible of the struggle under the direction of the Leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz (…)

Speech delivered by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Council of State and Ministers, at the central commemoration of the 56th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes barracks, in the Plaza Mayor General "Calixto García", Holguín, July 26, 2009, “Year of the 50th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Revolution.”

I’m not good at remembering quotes, however I am sure that the last time I heard Raúl Castro speak about unity he had a tagline “in the diversity.” To what do we owe this sudden change in semantics? In a few months we’ve left off being diverse to convert ourselves into a block of reinforced concrete?

It seems crazy to me that the general still dreams of the fallacy of a monolithic people… Is it that after so many decades before an audience in red T-shirts, olive-green caps or white guayabera shirts with their hands raised he has forgotten how the world outside the auditorium functions?

To make it to seventy with a vision of the surrounding world that is so wrong is terribly depressing. It took him 50 years to realize that “Fatherland or Death” is a vacuous expression, I hope (for his mental health), that it doesn’t take 50 more for him to understand that “the monolithic unity” is as well.

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