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Original Article (Spanish)
By Maria Salomé Campanioni
August 8, 2005
The president of
"We pay tribute to the victims of those suicidal terrorist acts, to their pain, and condemn those attacks as the greatest acts of terrorism in recorded history. Today, 60 years later, in the Valley of Caracas, we are operating an atomic bomb that gives life here, the youth of the World is here," he said
"We are here for the world and to save to the world for you, and for all of our descendants. The world's youth have arrived in many different ways to our Caracas, cradle of one of the greatest men that has ever been born on this earth, The Liberator, Simon Bolivar."
[Editor's Note: Simón Bolivar, July
24, 1783 - December 17, 1830, was a South American revolutionary leader credited
with leading the fight for independence from
Chávez offered a retrospective on one of the greatest events of the past 60 years, since the end of World War II to the present time, meaning the triumph of the Revolution of Fidel Castro, "the bearded one" of Havana, that gave birth to a new historical trend, and for whom "the Ché" [Che Guevara] is, "our eternally young, eternally inspiring, and the infinite engine for those of us who fight for this land and the entire world.
[Editor's Note: Dr. Ernesto Rafael Guevara
de la Serna, June 14, 1928, October 9, 1967, commonly known as "Che Guevara" or "el Che," was
an Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary and Cuban guerrilla leader. Guevara
was a member of Fidel Castro's "26th of July Movement," which seized
He recalled the fall of the Soviet
Union after 80 years, which, "brought an end to the 'brake'
on the aggressive, expansionist policies of the
He welcomed the presence of so many young
"I am sure that you have become aware of the situation, and it is possible that these encounters promote the development of conscience, as we face the huge challenges that lie before us, not just within our own region or continent, by in the world of ideas and for the socialism that we believe is a necessary and unique road that will save the world."
"The challenge that we have ahead is the salvation of the planet, of the world, a world threatened by the voraciousness of North American imperialism, which that knows no bounds," affirmed the Venezuelan president.
He greeted Cuban President Fidel Castro from the podium, who he described as," a giant in the fight for our people."
"This century will be our century, we are not willing to continue to kneel and we are determined to be free," the Venezuelan leader said before leaving the opening ceremony of the Sixteenth World Festival of Students and Youth at edge of midnight.