Ike Nahem: The imperishable example of Fidel

Nov 30, 2016 by

With the passing of the great revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on November
25, 2016 it is first and foremost to the Cuban people that we express our
condolences and our solidarity.

Fidel was a product of a profound and rich Cuban and Latin American history,
but it must be said that the example and legacy of Fidel belongs in truth to
the world. And in particular to the oppressed and exploited overwhelming
majority of humanity, in every corner of our Earth.

When we look at Fidel’s glorious example, his political ideas and strategic
wisdom, his moral authority and ethics, his military skill and tactical
savvy, and his outstanding practical accomplishments before and since the
1959 triumph of the Cuban Revolution, this all now passes to the working
people of the world of every nationality. It passes to every woman and man
who fights for a better world. It passes to the new generations fighting for
nothing less than the revolutionary transformation of social relations and
the sweeping away of the grotesque inequality, imperialist arrogance, and
unsustainable oppression and brutality that mark the crisis-ridden
capitalist world order of today.

The living example of the Cuban Revolution and its beautiful advances and
conquests in the fight against racism, for the emancipation of women, in
medical access and care, in educational and culture, and in the flowering of
human dignity, is a tribute to our brother Fidel. It is also a great tribute
to Fidel’s leadership qualities that he was able, under the most difficult
and challenging circumstances, to unite and forge outstanding teams of
leaders in Cuba over many decades. As a head of state and a revolutionary,
Fidel navigated the treacherous waters of world politics with great skill.
All of these historic, monumental accomplishments took place under the
unrelenting pressure from successive United States Administrations dedicated
to the destruction and eradication of the Cuban Revolution and its example
by any means possible.

Fidel was a revolutionary Marxist who fought his entire life with
indefatigable energy and drive for socialism. Fidel embodied the genuine
spirit of proletarian internationalism. With great political and military
skill, and moral authority, Fidel and the Cuban revolutionary government led
the historic fight in the 1970s and 1980s that led to the defeat and
unraveling of apartheid South Africa, safeguarding the independence of
Angola and winning the independence of Namibia. Under Fidel’s leadership
Cuba has built an amazing example of medical internationalism and disaster
help and relief that has inspired the world.

We salute our brother Fidel. We pledge to preserve for all time the
imperishable example of his ideas and his revolutionary legacy.

Viva Fidel!

Ike Nahem
Cuba Solidarity New York
November 25, 2016

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