Sixty-eight years have passed and, for Cuban revolutionaries, the deed of 26 July 1953 has never been a thing of the past, because it is not perceived as a feat linked exclusively to an era, a time, and a place.
In setting out the concrete battle for the overthrow of the existing tyranny in Cuba, Fidel Castro and his comrades were certain that the very experience of that struggle, and the dissemination and materialization of its objectives, would provoke an inevitable confrontation of the people with the internal exploiting classes and with their general manager: US imperialism.
In that struggle, which imperialism has prolonged to the present day - with the tightening of the blockade and economic measures, as well as subversive plans - the subjective conditions for revolution were generalized among the people and a true revolutionary culture was developed.
Another great lesson of the Moncada heroic deed and the whole process that it generated is that it was able to rise above doctrines and sectarianism. Fidel and his comrades called for the unity of all the forces that honestly aspired to a transformation of the situation the country was going through at that time and to continue working systematically in that direction.
If the Cuban Revolution remains firm and victorious after 62 years of constant aggression by the United States, it is because Cubans learned from Fidel and, definitely, from the essential teachings of Moncada: clear thinking; bold and relentless struggle; preserving and continuously recreating the revolutionary consensus that forges unity; always looking optimistically towards the future, no matter how difficult the circumstances may be.
This is the mandate bequeathed by the heroes and martyrs of 26 July, whose validity is proven every day of the Revolution and especially now, when the empire mistakenly believes that the time for counter-revolutionary revenge has arrived.
Fidel taught the Cuban people to know the reasons that led to his struggle and his victories, how to face difficulties and setbacks, the ability to identify the essentials of each situation and the main problems, to think through tactics and strategy, to make decisions and, above all, to act with determination and firmness.
Throughout his life, he fought imperialism, kept it at bay, and forced it to recognize the moral greatness of the Cuban homeland. He taught the people to be internationalists and anti-imperialists, that national sovereignty is not negotiable.
Fidel's legacy is invaluable in combating mercenaries and weaklings. The richness of his political thought should be studied every day, as well as his human stories, of which he left seeds all over Cuba, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and in almost every country in the world.
We must always continue to learn from him, from his valuable experience since Moncada, from the need to always continue to care for the people above all else, to firmly maintain power in all situations, and to understand moral and political education as a lever to achieve greater transformations, to grow as human beings and to defend national sovereignty.
Their tireless struggle, their example of action, their power to convince with solid arguments, their capacity to know how to listen and systematically investigate have an extraordinary validity and should also be the guide to confront those who, encouraged and paid from the United States, fuel disorder, vandalism, aggression and attempts to subvert the internal order of the country, to surrender the revolutionary will and renounce the conquest of Socialism.
On the 68th anniversary of the assaults on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba and the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Barracks in Bayamo, it should not be forgotten that Fidel succeeded in materializing José Martí's ideas of "preventing in time, with Cuba's independence, the United States from spreading throughout the West Indies and falling, with that force, on our lands of America."
Ninety miles from its shores, the Commander-in-Chief of the Cuban Revolution had to deal intelligently with more than a dozen US governments, which without exception tried to destroy the Revolution and used various tactics to achieve their aims, as well as planning 638 assassination plots against him.
Such hostility towards Cuba did not diminish Fidel's interest in dialogue and improving relations with that country, as well as treating the American people with respect. The Commander-in-Chief never instilled hatred against the Americans and showed solidarity in the face of adversity due to the weather conditions or terrorist attacks, such as the one perpetrated against the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.
Like him, Cuban revolutionaries today ratify throughout the length and breadth of the country that they will always be in the front line of combat against those who try to harm or destroy the Revolution.
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