January 1st, 2008
HAVANA (AP) — Fidel Castro saluted the Cuban people for their "50 years of resistance" against the United States in a written message read on state television shortly before the first minutes of the new year.
"During the course of the morning, the 49th year of the Revolution will have been left behind and we will have fully entered the 50th year, which will symbolize a half century of heroic resistance," said the message read by a television presenter shortly before midnight. The broadcast showed old photographs of the Cuban leader.
"We proclaim to the world with pride this record which makes us believe in the most just of our demands: that there be respect for the life and the wholesome joy of our nation."
Cuba will mark the 50th anniversary of the Jan. 1, 1959, triumph of the revolution that brought Castro to power a year from now, but is already characterizing all of 2008 leading up to that date as the "50th year of the revolution."
Fidel's message in Spanish
JG: American imperialism has tried every dirty trick in their arsenal to bring down the Cuban Revolution: assassination attempts, a genocidal embargo, travel bans, biological warfare, an ill-advised invasion by CIA financed and trained mercenary exiles, acts of sabotage against the island's civilian population. Zero runs, zero hits, innumerable errors is their only reward.
We are starting the last year of George W. Bush's disastrous and corrupt eight year reign. His hatred for Cuba knows no bounds. He is a failed President that has accomplished nothing, other than immoral and perfidious acts. He will be gone soon, and we will say GOOD RIDDANCE!