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Cuba and the Empire’s Invisible Hand

by Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada

Since President Fidel Castro had to face a delicate surgical operation, “Cubanology” has been in fashion. There abound characters willing to judge Cuba and to issue opinions about its destiny.

Those who care about getting to know the truth should start by the beginning, with sources that nobody, except a lunatic, might label as “Castro-ist”; for example, the official documents of the government of Washington, declassified in 1991 and published by the State Department (Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI, Cuba). In them there appear irrefutable proofs of the economic, political and military support that Washington provided Batista’s tyranny with, so as “to impede Castro’s victory” and when such purpose failed, the actions it implemented to destroy the Cuban Revolution. An instruction by President Eisenhower tours all documents like an obsession: “that our hand must not appear”, ordered the General, to sustain Batista, to carry out the most aggressive plans against Cuba, but always hiding the Empire’s hand.

There is another document, published by the CIA in February 1998 (Inspector General’s survey of the Cuban operation and associated documents) that accounts for the endeavor to “fabricate an opposition within Cuba fed by external underground assistance and the organization of groups of exiles serving to cover the actions of the Agency”. Once again, the CIA’s Inspector General would remind, “the hand of the United States must not appear”. Before Fidel Castro and his companions descended victoriously from the Sierra Maestra Mountain Range, in January 1959, dictator Batista’s closest collaborators had already been settled in Miami, carrying in their luggage Cuba’s all monetary reserves: 424 million dollars.

Nothing was returned to Cuba, where the Revolutionary Government did not exist yet and, obviously, when it had not started any of the policies which later on have been used to try to justify the fierce North American hostility. Right then, there began an economic warfare that stills goes on half a century later.

History will register with amazement that such warfare has managed to last so long, without having some of those who claim to be advocates of democracy and human rights rebelled in front of it; because, as it appears in a large number of the aforementioned documents, the North American policy, is textually summarized as follows: “most of Cubans support Castro… the only way of depriving him of support is by applying measures… causing discomfort and dissatisfaction… causing hunger and despair”.

In other words, the purpose of Washington is to deny Cubans their democratic rights because they “support Castro” and to punish them with a policy that they know has a genocidal nature.

The silence of some before the systematic implementation of terrorism against Cuba since that distant January up until today will be similarly surprising. Five Cuban men, Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Fernando González and René González, have been held in prisons in North American jails, for over eight years already, for having infiltrated terrorist groups operating freely from Miami. That is why, in fact, they were charged and given four life sentences plus 75 years in prison. To top it all, upon request of the DA, the Court added, once these most severe sanctions were completed, this unique sentence: “the defendant is prohibited to get closer or to visit specific places where it is known that terrorist individuals or groups are to be found or haunt”. These words appear, with all their letters, in the minutes of the Court that sentenced them in Miami, corresponding to the sessions held in December 14 and 27, 2001 and are stated in a public document but silenced by the mainstream press. Three months after the abominable attack to the Twin Towers, the North American government would acknowledge its endorsement to the anti-Cuban terrorism, a piece of news still waiting to be disclosed.

Luis Posada Carriles is still in the United States, which refuses to extradite him to Venezuela where he was tried for the destruction of a civilian aircraft in mid air. Washington not even defines him as a terrorist, something that Posada himself has been in charge of doing in his autobiography and in interviews for the New York Times and other mass media.

According to Bush, whoever protects such criminals is equally guilty and should be held accountable; when will he himself do it?

Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada is president of Cuba's parliament.


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