A Rene Gonzalez’s
letter, one of the Cuban five political prisoners held in the United States,
answering an addressee from the Peace and Democracy Campaign that has
denounced Cuba due to the trial held against counter revolutionaries carried
out in March 2003. Joann Landy leaded actions from this Peace and Democracy
statement against Cuba
July 15, 2003
Dear Mrs. Joanne Landy
Being a revolutionary through my whole life
and having fought in Angola against the South African invaders and jailed at
present in one of the federal prisons of the United States due to my tasks of
protecting the people of Cuba from terrorist actions sponsored, encouraged and
silenced by the North American government, I hope that if a progressive man
still means to struggle for a better world, I‘ll be granted the benefit of
being considered a progressive man.
When I opened a magazine precisely called,
The Progressive Magazine and I read an announcement of the Peace and Democracy
Campaign asking for signatures to condemn Cuba for the supposed
"repression against mavericks" I could not believe it.
I could not imagine that someone that
considers himself a progressive person take as his own slandering words and
media lies aired by the United States with respect to Cuba. It would only take
a little bit of intellectual honesty and some research to unveil money paid to
the "dissidents" was openly and publicly approved by the North
American authorities and distributed by entities such as NED, USAID to those
that in the island decided to live as "dissidents"
Who has given moral authority to the North
American government to create a paid opposition in Cuba? Which principles of
the international laws fit to this behavior? Since when the role of a North
American diplomat is that one of traveling across the island organizing the
opposition and delivering money?
Whoever receives money from a foreign power
to undermine his government is considered a traitor, either in Cuba or any
other nation of the world, including the United States.
The so called "dissidents" have had
all rights to express their opinions in Cuba, and this is not what the article
says. All they have to do is to introduce themselves in a postulation meeting
for candidates and explain to their neighbors what they want and that is to
set back their nation to the years of the 1959 and return lands to the United
Fruit Company and invite terrorists that now reside in Miami to come to the
island and give them back their properties and sell the country to
multinational companies and become themselves into the political class to
defend the interests of the few. If neighbors agreed with they, then they
would be named without spending one dollar and nothing could happen to them
for making ridicule at expressing their political draft in front of the
But if they face a revolutionary electorate
and neighbors are people committed with their country and support a government
of the people, for the people and by the people having fought and died by
their society, not willing to betray the patriots’ memory that have for long
given their lives for Cuba’s sovereignty and independence- no
"dissident" will be proposed or none of them would reach a vote.
And if them do not deserve their people’s
confidence, they do not have the right of going to the American embassy the
last place I would think of as a democratic paradise- to find a source of
sovereignty that only belongs to the Cubans.
Cuba for more than 40 years has faced to a
stage of war and hostility that has caused more than 3 000 dead and more than
2 000 wounded as a consequence of armed and terrorist actions carried out by
traitors being paid, supplied and trained by the government of the United
These mercenaries had to face the legal
system. They were not arbitrarily declared "enemies" or illegal
"combatants" or eliminated by a rocket just for Fidel to address the
people and declare by TV that "they are not anymore a problem" nor
were judged by military courts in secret, or their relatives’ houses were
destroyed by Cuban military men.
They were sentenced according with their
participation in terrorist activities and this has nothing to do with the
irrational punishment given to the Puerto Rican patriots, just because they
were affiliated to a given organization or the vengeance treatment I received
together with the rest of defendants indicted of protecting Cuba from those
mercenaries that now with their money and links with the North American
administration sponsor scandals as "dissidents" or encourage illegal
migration from Cuba to justify the aggressive policy against Cuba.
The Cuban people does not have any other
option than to accept its losses and go on building its socialist society for
which many have struggled, leaving history to serve justice, trusting its
incredible patience and great courage.
I do not know how many progressive people
have joined this campaign against Cuba, since things here are so relative that
someone can be considered liberal simply because he eats a hamburger with his
left hand and having used to see by TV someone announcing himself as a leftist
just because they are a little bit at George Wallace’s left side..
I assume that among them there might be some
true progressive people, people who are really worried for human rights and
honestly believe in justice, confused by means of perverse means that leave
them without any other reference when it is about knowing what it is going on
in the world.
To these people I want to say them the
Consider for a single moment the huge power
accumulated by the imperialist government of the United States. Consider the
great sense of impunity that right now this people can feel that has just
ended with an aggression war challenging a whole world, lying in front of
everybody as it had never done before to justify that war, creating a criminal
and illegal doctrine of preventive war, breaking with any principle of
international relations in the process of doing what it wants. Compare this
enormous power with the tiny island of Cuba and it will not be difficult to
see how much damage this fascist establishment can cause to my country.
I have always had a great respect to honest
Americans that in spite of the huge power of the most sophisticated machinery
ever designed, have been able to see far beyond and own a vision of the world
events that honor this country. One needs much more intelligence, curiosity,
courage and most of all sensibility.
I want to make a call to sensibility and with
all my respect invite you to think about it. One thing is to be a Roman
citizen with privileges being a citizenship with rights to discuss in Senate
or in Rome’s streets on liberty and democracy and another thing is just to
fight for democracy and freedom in the battlefield against all chances, under
the siege of Pompeii’s legions defending his own life together with
Rene Gonzalez Sehwerert
Correctional Federal Institution
Edgefield South Carolina