I Found this jewel in a Cuban, pro Cuban website, “Cuba Debates, Against Media Terrorism” (jejeje..) But really, this is an original transcript from “El Comandante” Fidel Castro Ruz, January 8, 1959, after violently overthrowing the government.
I could hardly believe it when I read it since I never saw it translated to English, so I took the time to make the translation. This is priceless! I mean, it’s the best evidence for the pro gun case I’ve ever read, and directly from Fidel’s mouth himself. I mean, if you don’t understand why the population SHOULD be properly armed after reading this, there’s something very wrong with you.
Feel free to repost, just remember to link back to give proper credit for the translation. Enjoy!
First, good old Fidel shows a bit of concern about guns in the hands of civilians, after rolling into Havana after defeating Batista’s armed forcee. Remember, this is the original transcript of the speech he made at the time, archived in a Cuban website.
…”And all this I say, because I want to ask the people a question; I want to ask the people a question that I’m much interested in, so that they answer: ¿Why stockpile weapons illegally at this time? Why hide caches of guns in different places of the Capital? ¿Why smuggle guns now? ¿What for?And I say that there are elements of a certain revolutionary organization that are hiding guns (The crowd cries back:”Lets find them!”) that are storing guns, and are smuggling guns. All the guns that the Rebel Army took are in the military bases, not one has been touched, no one has taken a single one home, nor has anyone hidden them; they are locked in the bases, same in Pinar del Rio, in La Cabaña, Camaguey and Oriente, trucks have not been loaded with guns to hide them anywhere, because those guns should be in the bases.Y will ask a question, because talking clearly and analizing th e problems is how you resolve them, and I am resolved to do what I can to solve them as they should be solved: UIT reason and intelligence, and the influence of public opinión, that is the one that rules, not the use of force; because if I believed in the use of force, that problems should be solved with the use of force, there would be no need to talk with the population, nor bring up this problem, but go get those guns! (Applause)”…
This is so funny. The guy just took control of the country with the use of force (and those guns) and just hours later he preaches about talking to solve problems rather than using guns! (which he will take and keep locked for safekeeping) What a genius!
But he’s still worried about those “hidden guns” , so after a bit of more communist propaganda he continues:
…”Y will ask you a question: ¿Guns for what? ¿To fight against whom? ¿Against the Revolutionary Government, that has the support of the people?(exclamations of: “No!”) ¿Is it the same the magistrate Urrutia governing the Republic than Batista governing the Republic? (exclamations of: “No!”)¿Guns for what?, ¿Is there a dictatorship here?(exclamations of: “No!”) Are you going to fight against a free government, that respects the rights of the people? (Exclamations of: “!No”)¿Now that there’s no censorship, and the press is entirely free, more so than ever before, and that it has the assurance that it will continue to be so forever, without censorship ever returning here? (applause) ¿Today, that all the people can gather freely?, ¿Today, that there’s no torture, no political prisoners, no murder or terror? ¿Today that there’s only happiness, that all the traitor leaders in the syndicates have been destroyed, and that there’s going to be elections in every syndicate? (Applauses) When all the rights of the people have been reestablished, when elections will be held as soon as possible, ¿Guns, for what? ¿Hide guns, for what? ¿To blackmail the President of the Republic?, ¿ To threaten to disturb the peace?, ¿To create gangster organizations?, ¿Are we going back to gangsterism? ¿ Are we going back to daily shootings on the streets of the Capital? ¿Guns, what for?”…
He’s really worried about those scary guns!. 🙂 There a couple little pearls in the speech too:
…”We never needed the use of force, because we have the people, and besides because the day that the people just looks at us with a sour face, just makes a sour face alone, we shall leave. (Applauses)”…
After joke after joke on freedom of speak and how they would leave immediately if the people didn’t want them any more; there’s more anti gun propaganda.
…“Guns must be kept in military bases, no one here has the right to have his own army”…
I think his speech explains beautifully why the people SHOULD be armed, to precisely avoid tyrants and dictators such as himself.
My next post will be about Uruguay and why it’s an interesting alternative for expats and as a plan B or C location. People have been emailing me about this and I’ll try to write a good post about it.
I liked Uruguay a lot during my visit and the more I read about Uruguay the better it looks.
Take care folks.