Saving More than the President—Saving the Revolutionary
by Celia Hart
The following translation from CubaNews has been edited somewhat for Labor Standard.
To be able to kill the revolutionary Hugo Chávez, the enemy will have to kill one by one the grains of salt in the oceans; will have to stop the flight of the stars; will have to eradicate every molecule of useful DNA transmitted from generation to generation since the origin of our species. However, to kill the President…it only takes one bullet.
The preservation of the life of this comrade and his vision of the future is in our hands. I mean in our cleverness, in our organizational abilities, and above all, in our consistency and courage as we undertake the new challenges.
The Granda case was one of many to
which we must find solutions, but much more dignified solutions. [Note by “Labor Standard”—On the Granda
case, see below.] To end the match with a score of 0-0 is to be on the
defensive. And as Chávez himself put it, at the meeting of intellectuals in
The enemy does not have the power to kill Chávez as long as he remains the revolutionary he has been so far. It can only turn him into a martyr of the stature of Bolivar or Che. The enemy doesn’t have the power to kill the revolutionary, because if there is such power, it would be the power of God—that is, the God Chávez believes in, not that other God of evil, which approves the cowardly ravages of imperialism and the shameful tolerance of most of the governments in the world, which restrict themselves to mild and elusive protests in discredited international organizations.
It is not true that the limits of the life of our Chávez are in his arms, his eyes, or his luminous smile. The frontiers of this man are now the frontiers of the Americas; they are the dreams of El Libertador [Simón Bolívar] framed in the star of Che Guevara, and they are, above all, the frontiers of the socialist revolution. A revolution that moves forward on a dangerous razor’s edge, but without which it would be impossible for this comrade to survive.
The revolution in
There stands Chávez, surrounded by the greatest contradiction of all times. This time to be a real Christian he’ll have to drive the moneychangers out of the temple. The temple in today’s world is the extended Bolivarian revolution… let’s then infer who are the Judases and the Pontius Pilates of the present day.
To drive the moneychangers out of Gran
And we need Chávez physically alive at the moment: for his organizational skills, for the dignity he can inject in our countries, for his open struggle against the enemy, and, most of all, for what he represents for the ideas of socialism.
Yes, indeed! Chávez is bringing back to life the ideas that many thought were lost. And there it is: dialectics having its way. The communist movement needs Chávez in the same way he needs us. I’m afraid sometimes we don’t have enough urgency or courage to grow up.
And not only
So then, comrades, we must play for time. The only way we revolutionaries in the world have to play for time is to make the wheel of history turn faster; a wheel that for many years was stuck and rusty.
For starters we could try calling a spade a spade. Let’s not give so much importance to the terms “neoliberalism,” “globalization,” and above all “terrorism”—which has put more than one comrade in prison because we believed the story.
That the world is “rounder” is no
Capitalism is the only enemy, and there is no way of making it sweeter or kinder or more tolerable.
Asking leave from many friends, I repeat the following: the history of the world is still the history of class struggle. With good ideas alone, we will not stop imperialism from killing. With good ideas alone, we will not feed the hungry, and will not provide a minimum of dignity for each and every one of us. Ideas are only useful when they produce renovating action.
A step back now and we may lose
forever the one remaining hope. After almost 100 years of
waiting and many mistakes. Before our eyes, in
To err is human, says the
expression, and men make mistakes, but
Chávez cannot afford to make a
mistake; neither can the political parties or the Bolivarian circles. Neither
can his political police make another mistake without punishment. But the
revolutionary comrades in
I paraphrase Marti when he talked
We shall see what commitments Uribe
And not just Uribe. The ex-president of Spain, José Maria Aznar [actually, the former prime minister], at the 2nd International Meeting on Victims of Terrorism, held in Colombia pointed out, “The true nature of terrorism is that it is a crime against humanity,” and therefore “should have no shelter or enjoy any kind of legitimacy based on ideological standings.” Brilliant! Let us just change two words and Aznar is pointing the route. I don’t know about terrorism. In fact, I don’t understand anymore what is defined as terrorism, because the continuous and sticky use of the word has made it hollow and meaningless. But there is some truth in Aznar’s statement. He, Uribe, and all their colleagues and ex-colleagues “should have no shelter or enjoy any kind of legitimacy based on ideological standings.”
A reactionary integration of armed
forces and corruptible repressive bodies is the No-Colombia Plan [that is, the
In an interview[-discussion] between Heinz Dietrich and Chávez, later published under the title “The Superior Destiny of the Latin American Peoples,” Dietrich insisted on the possibility and necessity of a military integration, a “regional power bloc” that would begin with six countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Cuba. Among other thoughts about the prejudice of our peoples against the military,
Chávez mentioned something that in my view is very clear, “I believe,” he said, “that before we can think of a military integration scenario on the Latin American subcontinent, each country has to go through maturing stages.”
And the point is that the expected
integration will never mature with governments such as the ones in
And what about
The Venezuelan people have contributed in an exemplary way to make Chávez more radical. These are people who are not waiting for permission or to have norms imposed on them. Chávez integrates naturally into this revolutionary context, where one feels (generally) that the people and the president march together, with great maturity and political transparency.
We are all being called to come
together, and the revolutionaries in
The clues for the beginning of the
The easiest task for the enemy is
to divide us again, using national frontiers as pretexts. There are no
frontiers but the frontiers of truth and justice! Let the workers, the
students, the humble of the earth avoid the pitfall of false patriotism. Yes,
we must defend the sacred
Today there is only one boundary
line that concerns us, and it is the one dividing the revolutionaries. Let’s
burn it and leave the concern about borders to the imperialists. Or to the
kings who still sleep in
A colleague of mine, referring to
recent events, said in
When I was a child, some time ago
March on, march on, march on
Let’s march together in socialism
With an invincible ideal
Farmers, workers, and Indians [indigenous peoples]
Let’s fight the oppressing yoke
Death to all imperialists
Fidel and Chávez will be together
Let us hope these two revolutionaries help us hear again these beautiful words in our homelands.
I pray to hear once again these
three words together:
Revolution or Death!
February 28, 2005
Note by “Labor Standard”—Rodrigo Granda was a representative of the
Colombian guerrilla movement FARC who, while attending an international