By Erik Pacheco Fandiño/ Radio Cadena Agramonte.
Last Friday news on the death of Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, moved me to September, 1969, and those days of mourning for the physical disappearance of Ho Chi Min, the legendary Uncle Ho, undisputed leader of this brotherly people.
When I was younger, by advice of a teacher, I read for the first time “Un paseo por la tierra de los anamitas”, written by our national hero José Martí. From that text almost incomprehensible for me, I remember a phrase: " a small town’s freedom is more necessary to the world that the power of an ambitious King".
Only six years passed and the residents of the brave, sister and noble nation of Southeast Asia, drove out the Yankee invader. It was April 30th, 1975; a helicopter flew over the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, supporting the stampede in the face of the Viet Nam South Liberation Forces.
Two years before, our Commander in Chief Fidel Castro had come to the liberated areas of the Asian country to carry the combative and encouraging message from the Cuban people, the Communist Party and its armed forces.
Also, fighters of this rebel Island contributed to the course of their modest efforts by the final victory.
The pride and joy for being in lands that were defended by women and men of limitless worth and integrity, was reflected in Fidel’s face. He visited the places where Vietnamese fighters gave timeless lessons for the story on how the people fight to conquer their freedom.
Not being there previously to personally meet the beloved uncle Ho, was a reason for sadness for the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, which had restored diplomatic relations with their brotherly people since December 2nd, 1960.
After the victory against the Yankee Empire, the word committed that, for Viet Nam we were willing to give up our own blood, received concrete actions: the clearance of ports and combat zones, received the valuable cooperation of Cuban military.
Supportive builder arms from the island moved to that land and built facilities that strengthened the affectionate friendship. Doctors, nurses and specialists of various professions, are among those who have given their solidarity contribution.
In the 80s, the power of the empire tried to militarily attack our nation, who professed to be our friends, and refused to assist us and at that moment, hundreds of Vietnamese military specialists, went immediately to provide their experiences.
Ho Chi Min’s homeland is supportive with our country; his attitude corresponds to the historical, militant, and socialist friendship ties between peoples, parties and governments. Before the ravages of weather events, against the resurgence of the imperialist blockade, the Vietnamese presence is not made wait.
Tran Dai Quang, the President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, was the last statesman who visited Fidel a few days before the physical disappearance of the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, a symbolism that will mark the history of the relations among both peoples.
He wanted that fickle history, the legendary Ho Chi Min and our national hero José Martí, with close ties as well as their peoples; Uncle Ho was born on May 19th, 1890, exactly five years before he fell fighting for Cuba’s freedom, the Apostle of our independence.
The physical departure of the Vietnamese President, endearing friend of the Cuban people and their historical leader, causes a deep regret in the revolutionaries of both countries and the world, but his delivery in the fulfillment of the mission at the head of his people, will be eternal. (Photo: Archivo)