If anybody writes on any of the browsers “Tribute to Fidel Castro”, hundreds of acknowledgments will appear coming from all the world. Why does the historic Cuban leader deserve so much honor? Deeds speak louder than words.
Reasons why we should pay tribute to Fidel Castro on his 93th birthday and for ever.
Fidel Castro led the Moncada Barracks Attack, and after two year imprisonment, he traveled to Mexico and came back to Cuba to fight for the nation liberation and overthrow Batista Dictatorship. Goal attained on January, 1959.
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.
From the beginning, the Cuban revolution and Fidel personally came under attack by U.S. imperialism. Fidel was the principal leader in defeating U.S. imperialism’s attempted invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs; he led Cuba through U.S. imperialism’s nuclear blackmail during the ‘Cuban missile crisis;’ he survived more than six hundreds of CIA assassination attempts. He led Cuba through decades of the cruel U.S. blockade. And he guided Cuba through the ‘special period’ in the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union and Socialist European countries.
All Cubans have free health care and education. Cubans don’t starve to death like poor people do every day all over the Third World. The infant mortality rate in Cuba is lower than in the United States. Cuba survives natural disasters such as hurricanes without widespread loss of life. All of this is due to socialism and collective organization of the Cuban people, under the leadership of the Communist Party.
The revolutionary government led by Fidel Castro eliminated illiteracy in Cuba in one year. The infant mortality rate went from 42% down to 4%. The island has one of the most efficient health care system in the world. Medical care is free for every Cuban with no distinction.
Fidel Castro created the largest medical college in the world, which graduates 1500 foreign physicians a year, having trained 25,000 doctors from 84 nations.
The Cuban government under the leadership of Fidel Castro has developed a socialist internationalism resulting in over 30,000 physicians working in more than 68 countries around the world, totaling about 600,000 missions.
The Cuban government, led by Fidel Castro, sent troops to Angola, responding a request of Agostinho Neto, decisively to stop the South African invasion backed by the US government, and to finally defeat it bringing about the independence of Angola and Namibia. Moreover, that victory of the joint forces of Angola and Cuba was determining in putting an end to the apartheid regime which, otherwise, would taken hold of the entire African continent with unforeseen consequences.
At the International Conference on the Environment called by the UN in Rio de Janeiro, Fidel Castro stated: “A species is in danger of extinction: man”. He was always interested in world peace and well-being, following José Martí’s ideas that homeland is mankind.
Fidel created the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics, called Henry Reeve Emergency Brigade, which has rendered service in Mexico, Haiti, Peru, Pakistan, Ecuador, the Western Sahara, Domocratic Republic of Congo, and some other nations.
Fidel’s example is bound to be a permanent, weighty, and material political force for future generations and time immemorial. Fidel’s example is certain to be continually renewed and embraced again and again by new generations of fighters for social-justice, socialists, and revolutionaries, in Cuba and worldwide.