[Marxism] Fidel Castro's Armageddon Letter to Nikita Khrushchev

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 11 18:14:38 MST 2018

 What is chiefly omitted from this mythological version of October 1962 is
what we sometimes call the *Cuban*, Cuban missile crisis: the physical and
psychological reality faced during the crisis by everyone *in Cuba*,
including the more than 43,000 Russians who were, with Cuban collaboration,
preparing for war with the U.S. In Cuba, the crisis was not a chess match
or any other kind of game, nor was it a test of wills between the
superpowers. In Cuba, the crisis was experienced as preparation for the
last battle, for Armageddon, an event that Cuban leaders and their
constituents had been anticipating for a year and a half, ever since they
had foiled the CIA-backed invasion of Cuban exiles at the Bay of Pigs, on
Cuba’s southern coast, in April 1961. This meant preparing to fight to the
death. It meant carrying the fight to the Americans in every way possible,
even though Cuba had no chance of surviving an all-out war with the U.S.
Above all, it meant adhering to a code of conduct with deep roots in Cuban
history (a history grasped neither by Washington nor Moscow): no surrender;
no compromise; no negotiations. It meant dying honorably. It meant taking
as many of the enemy down with you as possible.

Fidel - *We anticipate our total destruction. We have been waiting for this
moment ever since the failed, CIA-backed invasion of Cuba by 1,300 Cuban
exiles in April 1961. There is nothing we can do to stop the Americans from
destroying Cuba, other than surrender, which is unthinkable. We are
prepared to disappear beneath the Caribbean Sea. But Comrade Nikita, do not
worry about us. We 7.5 million Cubans are doomed only in the physical
sense. We are ready to die honorably for Cuba, martyrs in the fight against
imperialism. *

*At the first sign that the invasion of our island has begun, I urge you to
launch an all-out nuclear attack on the United States. Never again will the
world have to tolerate aggression by the world’s biggest bully. Cuba will
be honored to have provided the occasion for the total destruction of the
U.S. *


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