[Marxism] Celia Hart: "Saving More than the President."
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Fri Mar 11 14:14:34 MST 2005
This is Celia Hart's latest commentary on Venezuela, Chavez
and the Bolivarian revolutionary process. We're pleased to
make this CubaNews translation available, but sorry that due
to my own computer problems I cannot post this to the website.
Translation revised and edited by Walter Lippmann.
Note her stress on the importance of regional integration, of
knocking down borders and so on. Those familiar with her work
will notice the obvious links between what she says here and
the ideas of Jose Marti ("Patria es humanidad", or in English
"Our homeland is humanity"). Jose's Marti's internationalist
perspective is the key to the Bolivarian Alternative for the
Americas [ALBA], the Cuban-Venezuelan program for regional
integration announced by Fidel and Chavez in Cuba in December.
Walter Lippmann, CubaNews
Saving More than the President.the Revolutionary
Celia Hart, February 28, 2005
For the enemy to be able to kill the revolutionary Hugo Chavez it
will have to kill one by one the grains of salt in the oceans; it
will have to stop the flight of the stars; it will have to sacrifice
every molecule of useful DNA transmitted from generation to
generation since the origin of our species. However, to kill the
President.it only takes one bullet.
The preservation of the life of this comrade and his vision of the
future is in our hands. I mean in our cleverness, in our
organizational capabilities, and above all, in our consistency and
courage as we undertake the new challenges.
The Granda case was one of many to which we must find solutions, but
much more dignified solutions. To end the match nil nil is to be on
the defensive. And as Chavez put it himself, at the meeting of
intellectuals in Caracas, our only solution is the offensive.
The enemy does not have the power to kill Chavez as long as he
remains the revolutionary he has been so far. But, of course, it can
turn him into a martyr of the stature of Bolivar or Che. The enemy
doesn't have such power, because if there is such a thing, it will be
the power of God, and certainly the God Chavez believes in, and not
this other God of evil that approves the cowardly ravages of
imperialism and the shameful tolerance of most of the governments in
the world which restrict themselves to mild and elusive protests in
discredited international organizations.
It is not true that the limits of the life of our Chavez are in his
arms, his eyes, or his luminous smile. The frontiers of this man are
now the frontiers of the Americas; they are the dreams of El
Libertador [Bolivar] framed in the star of Che Guevara, and they are,
above all, the frontiers of the socialist revolution. A Revolution
that moves forward on a dangerous razor's edge, but without which it
would be impossible for this comrade to survive.
The Revolution in Venezuela is perhaps the most vivid example of the
fact that the humanism in the ideas of socialism was distorted a
posteriori; that we don't have to choose between Bolivar and Karl
Marx or between Lenin and Mariategui. And of course socialism is a
heroic creation, as the Peruvian communist writer said. It has always
been! What Lenin did in 1917 was not a carbon copy of Karl Marx, it
was a heroic creation; what Fidel did, by declaring a socialist
revolution at only a few miles from the empire was not a carbon copy
of the Bolshevik revolution, it was a heroic creation; and what
Chavez will have to do in the Bolivarian revolution, what we will
have to do in America cannot be a carbon copy of the Cuban
revolution, it will be a heroic creation. But it will indeed be the
socialist revolution. Because there is only one road, built out of
many impulses and with the taste of different realities!
There stands Chavez, surrounded by the greatest contradiction of all
times. This time to be a real Christian he'll have to expel the
merchants from the temple. The temple in today's world is the
extended Bolivarian revolution. let's then infer who are the Judas
and the Pontius Pilates of the present day.
To expel the merchants from the great Colombia will be a first
priority. I hope we don't have to wait too long for that motherland
to be built. It will suffice that the mean lackeys of imperialism now
in power stop trying to govern a land too big for their dwarfism. If
the great Colombia lives, then nobody can kill our Chavez.
And we need Chavez physically alive at the moment: for his
organizational skills, for the dignity he can inject to our
countries, for his open struggle against the enemy and, most of all,
for what he represents for the ideas of Socialism.
Yes, indeed! Chavez is bringing back to life the ideas that many
thought were lost. And there it is: dialectics having its way.
The communist movement needs Chavez in the same way he needs us.
I'm afraid sometimes we don't have enough urgency or courage to
And not only Venezuela, but the world needs a man like Chavez to be
alive and to strengthen the revolution. The world desperately needs
the Bolivarian revolution and its leader, he that lives up to his
circumstances, no more, no less. But that is good enough.
Then comrades, we must play for time. The only way we revolutionaries
in the world have to play for time is to make the wheel of history
turn faster; a wheel that for many years was stuck and rusty.
For starters we could try calling a spade a spade. Let's not give so
much importance to "neoliberalism", to "globalization", and mainly to
"terrorism". which has put in prison more than one comrade because we
believed the story.
That the world is "rounder" is no longer news. Columbus was the first
capitalist who tried to globalize it. And the new liberalization is
no news either. The Crusades were a "fight for freedom" in the
darkest corners of the world. Then they were called infidels. today
terrorists. Why so much confusion?
Capitalism is the only enemy and there is no way of making it sweeter
or kinder or more tolerable.
Asking leave from many friends I repeat the following: the history of
the world is still the history of class struggle. With good ideas
alone, we will not stop imperialism from killing. With good ideas
alone, we will not feed the hungry, and will not provide a minimum of
dignity to each and every one of us. Ideas are only useful when they
produce renovating action.
A step back now and we may lose forever the one remaining hope. After
almost 100 years of waiting and many mistakes. Before our eyes, in
America, there is retribution for the fall of the wall in Berlin.
We are all connected, like domino chips. A wrong step and we'll fall
into the terrifying arms of the most sinister barbarianism (I should
rather say diestra -we tend to misuse the language) [untranslatable
play on words: siniestra Spanish for left hand, and diestra, Spanish
for right hand].
To err is human, says the expression, and men make mistakes, but
Venezuela today needs more than men. and women. More than a
president, Venezuela and America need a Che Guevara to push ahead and
extend the revolution; because that is the only way a revolution can
Chavez cannot make a mistake; neither can the political parties or
the Bolivarian circles. Neither can his political police make another
mistake without punishment. But the revolutionary comrades in
Colombia who in my view have a very important role to play should not
make a mistake either. The only possible role for the revolutionaries
. is to be even more revolutionary and to be aware that in this part
of the world that once was the Great Colombia, important events can
develop. The revolutionaries in Venezuela and Colombia must be
together in this struggle. And we must all join them.
I paraphrase Marti when he talked about Cuba and now I say, "A
mistake in Venezuela today is a mistake in America and a mistake in
the modern age" . or what is left of it.
We shall see what commitments Uribe can undertake. We shall see if it
is possible to achieve integration in Latin America with governments
that look up to the North for guidance . We shall see what future
events tell us and if in fact Uribe responds at least once, so that
we do not suspect that Plan Colombia is being promoted.
And not just Uribe. The ex-president of Spain Jose Maria Aznar
[should say former Prime Minister] at the 2nd. International Meeting
on Victims of Terrorism, held in Colombia pointed out, "The true
nature of terrorism is that it is a crime against mankind," and
therefore, "should have no shelter or enjoy any kind of legitimacy
based on ideological standings." Brilliant! Let us just change two
words and Aznar is pointing the route. I don't know about terrorism.
In fact, I don't understand anymore what is defined as terrorism,
because the continuous and sticky use of the word has made it hollow
and meaningless. But there is some truth in Aznar's statement. He,
Uribe and all his colleagues and ex-colleagues "should have no
shelter or enjoy any kind of legitimacy based on ideological
A reactionary integration of armed forces and corruptible repressive
bodies is the No-Colombia Plan. We should start the real Colombia
Plan. Or better still, the Revolutionary Plan of the Great Colombia.
In this plan there's no room for Uribe, Lucio or any useless and
servile ruler who may wish to determine the destinies of our peoples.
Let the revolutionary forces join together and draw our Plan.
During an interview by Heinz Dietrich to Chavez - later entitled "The
Superior Destiny of the Latin-American Peoples", Dietrich insisted on
the possibility and necessity of a military integration of the
Regional Block of Power that would begin with six countries, namely
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela and Cuba. Among other
thoughts about the prejudice of our peoples against the military,
Chavez mentioned something that in my view is very clear, "I
believe," he said, "that before we can think of a military
integration scenario in the Latin American subcontinent, each country
has to go through maturing stages."
And the point is that the expected integration will never mature with
governments such as the ones in Colombia, Ecuador and others.
And what about Brazil, Argentina and the newly appointed government
of Uruguay? It could be possible. As far as they seriously believe
they are popular governments. The golden rule: The more these
countries radicalize their internal decisions to favor their peoples,
the easier this desired high level of integration will be. We'll see
what the speeches in Montevideo carry.
And I ask myself, why don't we make a revolutionary integration
counting only on the revolutionaries? Why are we always waiting for
our "elders" to do something for us?
The Venezuelan people have contributed in an exemplary way to make
Chavez more radical. It is a people that is not waiting for
permission or to have norms imposed on them. Chavez integrates
naturally into this revolutionary context where one feels (generally)
that people and president march together, with great maturity and
We are all being convened, and the revolutionaries in Colombia should
stand the tallest and join Venezuela, the Bolivarian and
revolutionary Venezuela. In so doing, they would be joining all the
Americas that can be brought together. the only Americas we should be
The clues for the beginning of the Great Colombia, are offered by the
enemy who wishes to erase the frontiers so their murdering armies can
detain revolutionary Colombian comrades and extradite them to the
United States, while they continue causing terror and death. It is us
who should eliminate the barriers with our revolutionary forces, with
the example of Chavez and the Bolivarian people.
The easiest task for the enemy is to divide us again using national
frontiers as pretexts. There are no frontiers, but the frontiers of
truth and justice! Let the workers, the students, the humble of the
earth avoid the pitfall of false patriotism. Yes, we must defend the
sacred land of Venezuela, but only because Homeland is Mankind and
Mankind is being defended in Venezuela.
Today there is one frontier bothering us, and it is the one dividing
the revolutionaries. Let's burn it and give the frontiers to the
imperialists. Or to the kings who still sleep in Europe. Not in
America! Not one more pact with the enemy! Che said, "To Imperialism
we must not grant even an inch". And we have granted it many inches.
A colleague of mine, referring to recent events, said in Venezuela,
"We need two, three, many Venepals" I say more, "To preserve Chavez,
we need two, three, many Venepals in America."
When I was a child, some time ago in Cuba, as we marched to our mass
rallies, a hymn could be heard in the streets of Havana:
Stand up Latin America
March on, march on, march on
Let's march together in Socialism
With an invincible ideal
Farmers, workers and Indians [indigenous peoples]
Let's fight the oppressing yoke
Death to all imperialists
America: Revolution time!
Fidel and Chavez will be together in Montevideo. Fidel and Chavez,
both have said in public that socialism is the only alternative for mankind.
Let us hope these two revolutionaries help us hear again these beautiful
words in our homelands.
I pray to hear once again these three words together: America, Revolution,
Revolution or Death!
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