¡Feliz cumpleaños! August 13th marks Fidel Casto’s 82nd birthday. To honor this great revolutionary, I would like to post this statement from Freedom Road back in March 2008. I would also highly encourage my readers to check out Fidel’s “Reflection” that appeared in Granma International on August 12th concerning South Ossetia, “Cannon Fodder for the Market“, along with the August 10th Statement of the Cuban Government.
A Tribute to a Revolutionary Leader: Fidel Castro
On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro stepped onto the stage of history, as he and other revolutionaries launched an attack on the Moncada Barracks of Cuban dictator Batista. After being captured, Castro made an eloquent defense of his action, saying, “history will absolve me.” Less than six years later, Castro led the Cuban revolution to victory by overthrowing the corrupt and cruel U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship. This act alone – leading a revolutionary movement to victory on a small island just 90 miles off the coast of the U.S. – would be enough to make Fidel Castro an unforgettable hero in the struggle of oppressed people for liberation. But this was just the beginning of Fidel Castro’s 49 years of contributions to the Cuban people’s liberation and to oppressed people the world over. Continue reading