Cuba begins the third week of November with the joy of the children who return to their classrooms, of the young people who sing with red scarves around their necks, of the people who breathe in the streets, after two years of pandemic, with optimism, firmness, and the conviction of always defeating those who seek to roll back the revolutionary conquests and our socialism.
We have passed tough tests in our history of struggles, but undoubtedly this battle to control the pandemic that hit and plagues the world, demonstrated the strength of our Health system and the quality of our scientists to achieve three successful vaccines, two more candidates in phase. of effective tests and drugs against COVID-19, despite the tightening of the blockade imposed by the United States almost 60 years ago.
The Mambisa Cuba learned a long time ago not to be manipulated by siren songs manufactured 90 miles from our coasts, the generations of Cubans learned in January 1959, with the example and leadership of our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro and the Army General Raúl Castro, that we were born to win and not to be defeated, and that, as the popular saying goes, “fear doesn’t eat here.”
Much remains to be done, it is true. Many bureaucratic obstacles to break, fight against manifestations of corruption, many actions to be taken in vulnerable neighborhoods and communities, many housing problems to solve and inefficiencies to combat in order to advance on the path of social justice, which our heroes conquered in a struggle , which began 163 years ago, on October 10, 1868, when they began the war for the independent Homeland that we defend today and forever.
It is necessary, in the midst of our daily difficulties, to stop for a moment to look back, take stock of everything achieved in 62 years of the Revolution, and compare it with the reality of Cuba before 1959 and, furthermore, with the conditions in which they live. most of our brothers from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cubans under 60 years of age did not know of the eviction of homes for non-payment, the truck at the door of the house to take the furniture or the television, due to late payments of a leonine loan, a high percentage of the population illiterate, and many mothers working as maids for lack of preparation to aspire to another job.
Added to this is the lack of land for the peasants because huge areas are in the hands of foreign large estates, the national economy in the power of US consortia and monopolies and the mafias of that country, unemployment at levels never known after 1959, And it is also added the sacrifice for families to be able to afford to keep a child in a university or to train as technicians, the best beaches in the country privatized for the enjoyment of the rich, health restricted to few hospitals on the island and to those who could pay for medical and specialty care.
These are just a few things that would be worth talking about with grandparents, who did experience it, and are still living thanks to the extension of life expectancy achieved by the Revolution.
It would also be worth stopping to think how much we could have done if since 1962 our revolutionary government had not been diplomatically isolated, systematically attacked by incursions and sabotage orchestrated from Miami, with its closest market blocked and on which it depended for almost all of its imports. and its few exports, including the elimination of its import quota of Cuban sugar, without the possibility of external credits due to pressure from Washington to all possible countries interested in trading with Cuba, and that this economic blockade, which they euphemistically call an embargo, would cause to Cuba through a swarm of extraterritorial laws, sanctions, and measures, harms intensified at levels unprecedented in the last two governments of the United States.
“To show a button,” goes the popular saying. Only from April 2019 to March 2020, the blockade has caused losses to Cuba of 5,570.3 million dollars, an increase of 1,226 million dollars compared to the previous period and that for the first time exceeds the barrier of 5,000 millions of dollars.
These figures do not include the actions of the US administration during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which the Cuban government had to invest more than 300 million dollars to serve its population, despite the ban on importing vaccines. , medicines, supplies, artificial respirators and other equipment and medical supplies.
At current prices, the accumulated damages during almost six decades of the economic blockade amount to 144,413.4 million dollars, which, related to the depreciation of the dollar against the international value of gold, amounts to more than 1,098 trillion. Dollars.
How much the Revolution could have done in 62 years with these financial amounts if they had not been confiscated or prevented from selling to the world!
For all this, with renewed spirit at the beginning of this new normal, optimistic with the resumption of the arrival of tourists and visitors and happy with our red scarves around our necks, we say together with our President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, that No one will be able to spoil the party!