On October 16, 1953, in a four hour speech in his own defense in court for his attack on the Moncada military barracks that led to the Cuban Revolution, Fidel un-apologetically uttered these words.
Yesterday, Fidel was laid to rest, and the conscience and spirit of the South American Revolution was shaken.
Castro was famous the world over, except in Miami where descendants and beneficiaries of the Batista corrupt and rotten regime live.
Had it not been for Fidel, African Nationalist movements would not have been successful. In 1975 Cuba deployed 60,000 troops in Angola to repel South African apartheid forces that sought to stop Angola’s fight for independence.
Angola, Mozambique, and South Africa owe much to Fidel for stepping forward when the rest of the world turned a deaf ear. Indeed, Cuban doctors were deployed in many African countries to save lives.
In memory of Africa’s best friend, let us behold these words from a great revolutionary and great mind:
1. “Men do not shape destiny, Destiny produces the man for the hour.”
2. “I am not attached to anything. I am attached to what it feels it’s my duty, to do my duty. I think that I will die with the boots on.”
3. “Nowhere in the world, in no act of genocide, in no war, are so many people killed per hour and per day as those who are killed by hunger and poverty on our planet.”
4. “Ideas do not need weapons.”
5. “We are not politicians. We made our revolution to get the politicians out.”
6. “I’ve always considered Christ to be one of the greatest revolutionaries in the history of humanity.”
7. “It does not matter how small you are if you have faith and a plan of action.”
8. “They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?”
9. “One of the greatest benefits of the revolution is that even our prostitutes are college graduates.”
10. “If we wish to express what we want men of the future generations to be, we must say: Let them be like Che. If we wish to say how we want our children to be educated, we must say without hesitation: We want them to be educated in Che’s spirit.”
Fidel is gone, but his ideas and spirit have out-lived nine American presidents who all tried in vain to assassinate him. And the world is better for it.