“[…] It seemed that (…) the Trump Administration had taken aggression against Cuba as far as it could go. But displaying stunning cynicism, not only did his successor fail to put an end to the criminal policy but he even, in practical terms, reinforced it.
“[…] Washington continues to take steps to prevent families from getting back together, to stop travel between the two countries and to ensure that travel visas will not be granted; in fact, the new rules for travel to the USA discriminate against the vaccines that Cuba has proudly contrived to develop and make it as difficult as possible for them to be approved…”
The following Letter to the Editor, which suggests a similarly aggressive approach to Cuba by the current USA administration headed by President Joe Biden and the one headed by his predecessor Donald Trump, was submitted to Wired868 by a representative of Casa de las Américas, a Havana-based group of Cuban activists:
Imperialism has once again launched a brutal attack against Cuba. Just as the country is beginning to put the worst of the pandemic behind it, just when we are getting a glimpse of some kind of light at the end of the long tunnel of anxious months we have lived through, the drums of war are once more rumbling in the distance.
‘Constitutional rights’, ‘peaceful measures’ and other such phrases are being used to disguise the latest moves.
It seemed that, by adding 243 measures to the embargo, the Trump Administration had taken aggression against Cuba as far as it could go. But displaying stunning cynicism, not only did his successor fail to put an end to the criminal policy but he even, in practical terms, reinforced it by retaining it against all the odds and backing it with threats and untimely utterances of every sort.
Since 22 September, US Government officials and influential figures in the Congress have put into the public domain 29 intemperate statements about the proposed 15 November provocation, which the US-based groups have organised and funded using local representatives—‘men who get no taller than knee-high’, as José Martí styled them—bent on working as a fifth column to do their bosses’ bidding.
Twenty years ago on May 1 2001, sounding the first Latin American alarm against the expansionism represented by the FTAA, Fidel had this to say:
“Everything American governments have so far done in this hemisphere has been strongly influenced by their obsession with and fear of the Cuban Revolution, which has been standing in their way since the days of the failed Bay of Pigs mercenaries.
“[…] But if the success of the Cuban Revolution set them back, the fact that it has survived and endured for more than four decades sometimes makes one think it has driven them out of their minds.”
Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla today sent a message to the Diplomatic Corps in the country condemning the fresh wave of aggression and the plans to destabilise our country and provoke ‘regime change’.
The campaign, under the guise of ‘helping the Cuban people’, has been using social media to depict Cuba as a ‘failed state’ whose government is resorting to repression and violating human rights to hold on to power. In fact, says the Ambassador, what they are seeking to do is ‘cause suffering which they hope will spawn conditions for social unrest’.
Washington continues to take steps to prevent families from getting back together, to stop travel between the two countries and to ensure that travel visas will not be granted; in fact, the new rules for travel to the USA discriminate against the vaccines that Cuba has proudly contrived to develop and make it as difficult as possible for them to be approved.
Truth be told, says Rodríguez Parrilla: “throughout the pandemic, no offer of assistance, humanitarian or otherwise, has come from the American Government; even when the oxygen-producing factory stopped working, no special licences were granted so that oxygen could be sent to Cuba.”
Throughout the course of this very serious crisis, America has sent us neither medicines nor food.
At a time when Cuban doctors the world over have shown their willingness to help, Washington has responded with utter cynicism and by showing themselves to be completely without ethics.
As a part of the imperialist strategy of domination—which bids with all its might to snuff out anything remotely resembling a move towards emancipation, particularly in Latin America—Cuba’s age-old enemy is waging out-and-out war against Cuba, confident that they can fool the world into thinking that they are defending democracy and seeking freedom for the Cuban people.
In this hour of great danger for the Revolution, we invite our friends to use all the resources at their disposal to ensure that the truth about Cuba continues to be made known.