[Marxism] "The cliff is to the left of Fidel" -- Celia Hart voices dissatisfaction with La Jornada interview

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Mon Apr 11 21:28:47 MDT 2005

Celia Hart was not happy with the interview with her which appeared in
the Mexican newspaper LA JORNADA. Here is an English translation of her
reply to that, 

We posted her original Spanish response Saturday here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/36632 --Walter Lippmann

Talking about my April 5th interview in La Jornada. Celia Hart, April 9,

Translated for CubaNews by Maria Montelibre 

I would like briefly to let you know about my real internal upheavals,
which did not gel in this interview with La Jornada. I don't blame the
reporter at all. I said it, no doubt about it, but I did not get to
communicate to him, it seems, exactly what is vibrating inside me.... 

For starters, I am the LITERAL daughter of the Cuban Revolution, my own
existence would have been impossible without it. Haydeé Santamaría and
Armando Hart could only love each other under the unique and renovating
impulse of a true revolution. Otherwise, they would have gone their own
separate, narrow, ways. Celia would not have been true without the
revolution, in the same way than in the sun, because of violent
explosions, hydrogen atoms fuse to give out Helium, and light. Even
though it may be hard to acknowledge it, because of my love for freedom,
I am something like a "test baby." It is a real punishment. 

Going to the subject. What I said about the option of the left did not
come out clearly. I do not believe in any way that there can be a
"victorious" option for Cuba at the left of Fidel Castro. That is
impossible. The cliff is to the left of Fidel. Without him, without
counting on him, it is impossible to create anything viable in the left.
It happened with Marti. Mella could not raise the struggle of the
proletariat without the Apostle. 

For some reason in this interview, a color, a shade that had nothing to
do with my vibes, got in. I have my arguments and my doubts with the
Cuban Communist Party, but I am in its files, and I do not want to leave
it. There is inerce. It is true we inherited the old Stalinism, but
Fidel has overcomed it, as he always does. In Cuba there is a
mysterious, true, Communist Party, forged with the battle of ideas. I
think the option of the left opens in Cuba precisely because Fidel is
its paradigm. 

Trotsky, Rosa [Luxembourg], [George] Lukacs, Gramsci etc. are nowadays
in Cuba and with its youth, precisely because our Revolution, the
Revolution of Fidel, of my mother, and Che, has not given up. If that
were not the case, the youth would be talking about something else. 

Of course, there are some springs of capitalist restoration. They are
there. I summarized it in my work "Socialism, that Only 'Better World',"
but there is also a counteroffensive in the battle of ideas, that we are
using to repair the rips in our ship, which has never capsized. 

Fidel's Party exists, because in this world of financial springs, the
Revolution is able to increase pensions, give out bread and fish, when
not even the deceased Pope could have done it. 

The Cuban Revolution is one of the most trascendental events in the
History of Socialism, and without it, there can be no criticism at al.
The youth currently has political questions, which should be listened
to, and they will always be in the left, Anarchists, Trotskyists, etc.
But ALL OF THEM are revolutionaries... The answer in Cuba, which lives
on, and could not be manufactured in Miami by the right wing with
everybody and their millions. It is from the left, therefore, it belongs
to the Revolution. 

I am not, and I cannot even feign to be, to the left of the most
enduring revolutionary of the XX Century. And I am not saying that to
flatter him, I criticize him when I think it is right. Sometimes, for a
short while, we are not in the same barricade, but the rifle's target
has never changed for either of us. That target has always been the
same, ever since I was old enough to breathe. 

I am transcribing, then, some phrases an enemy sent me, who called me
terrorist, and also my answer. That answer will be exactly the same I
should have given La Jornada and did not, and also my deepest
convictions on religion, which is so common now. 

"I see that you come from a family related to the Movement July 26th,
one of the most active terrorists in Cuba in the 
50s, from which terrible things came out, as what's called Revolution in
Cuba, and macabre ideas, such as the Tricontinenal, which is in charge
of coordindating international terrorism." 

"Let's see if with your rhetoric, manipulating Marti, as the SOP of
Fidel Castro has done, you can explain to me why my passport renewal to
go into my country is being denied, if I have never done anything
against these scoundrels, in spite of the fact that they deserve it." 

"Well, I know you will not answer me, but it is as well. I read Granma
every day. I only want to stress that the Judeo-Christian civilization
is not afraid, and that terrorists such as the m-26-7, FMLN, FSLN, OLP,
ANP, Al Queda and others, will not win. And you, who support them, will
only be able to see Capitalism's progress, yelling behind a sign, or
breaking windows in McDonald's and banks, while you send others to kill
others or themselves for lost causes." 

"Do not get bored, waiting for victory." 

Yes, I go on, thank God! Because of a loving act between two people who
have loved more their homeland, humanity, and me. Do you want a better
combination? I don't know, the meaning of words has been changed around
so much, that the henchmen who murdered uncle Abel, taking his eyes out,
were "Priests." And Marti is a terrorist. I still don't deserve to be a
duaghter of "those two," not even to be a niece of all my uncles, or
grandaughter of my grandparents, neither the daughter of Cuba, where you
can find the forgotten songs for freedom and decency. Luckily, letters
like yours, show me that I am on the right road. 

I have in my veins my mother's fiery words, "Abel has not died, because
dying for your country is like staying alive,." and those from my
father, who as a child defended the right of this country to swipe
tyranny away. His book, Aldabonazo, will continue opening doors. You
should read it. They were both in jail, because they were free, as Marti
said, "The right to be honest." Oh, yes, I manipulate Martí! Of course I
manipualte him. I touch him and I use him. My blood and my love for him
allow me to do that. There is compatibility. 

I invite you to find a single letter from Marti that you can manipulate.
Don't deceive yourself... he is from our army. This army of Fidel. As
you rightly say it, "SOP. Son of the People." 

I thank you because in a couple of lines you reminded me of my
commitment, just for being the daughter of those two people whom I still
do not know how to thank their making me. I have them by my side. They
are the ones who push my clumsy fingers over the keyboard. 

It is surprising that the photos of the Iraqi prisoners do not alarm
you, it is surprising that you are not alarmed by the sin being
committed against our (your) people, separating families under a
"Judeo-Christian" verdict. It is surprising that children are dying in
Palestine in the name of God. And don't be alarmed. You do not know who
Christ was. It is obvious that current Judeo-Christians will not be able
to go through the eye of the needle, they cannot even pass the most
elemental of Christ's teachings. Not even the sky, which you are trying
to pollute and desecrate, will be yours. 

Christ was assassinated by the Imperialists and Zionists from Israel....
for being a terrorist, as you say. The crown of thorns was put there in
our name. That's why we are defending it, in the name of the world's

Read the Bible again. How the Church of the Poor was founded, those poor
we must fight for. 

Enemies like you are barking... Beautiful, we are galloping. 

I hope God is with me to write an essay this July 26. My mother left.
But I want my father and his generation to see, before they leave, how
proud and how committed I am with this blood and this heritage they
wanted to give me and make me burst with passion for the world. I will
not stop until Christ, Buddah, Mahoma, are, once and for all, our
prophets, and charlatans let beautiful Earth to continue revolving while
the sun is alive. 

I have five brothers imprisoned with life sentences. Terror and
mediocrity decided that. It does not matter. I am with Lincoln, Whitman,
and the beautiful Republic of the North which is bent on eliminating
this struggle to see them free. The last drop of blood you call
terrorist is at their service. 

I am not doing enough. But I'll do it. I am in combat. I feel as a
Princess of the Race.... thanks for reminding me. 

God is on our side. Who is against us? 


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