Granma | 12 August, 2016
Fidel is the only person I talk about using adjectives and superlatives.
Every century has a man who marks its history, the 20th century is Fidel’s.
Although I am not accustomed to identifying him with his last names, I say them for the love, the affection, and fondness he always felt for his parents.
We had admired Martí from the 19th century, this was his century as a politician, poet, writer, and when he fell in battle. Along with him, we admired Céspedes, the Maceo brothers, Gómez, Agramonte, Serafín Sánchez, Flor Crombet and other patriots; but the 20th century is Fidel’s. He will go down in history as the sacred son of the homeland.
I am honored to have met him personally in 1952, and since then have shared with him all these years, during which I have seen him grow as an indisputable leader, surpassing the homeland’s borders to acquire stature worldwide.
Fidel dignified the human species, gave Blacks and women their place. I never felt Black at his side. He has a great love for children, and infinite confidence in youth.
I don’t think it is necessary to say more, many words are not needed for the great.
Comandante de la Revolución Juan Almeida Bosque wrote this opinion specifically for the book Absuelto por la historia, by Luis Báez, in Havana, March 13, 2002.