What's Next for the Anti-Imperialist Struggle Against the U.S. Blockade of Cuba?

June 11, 2017

Last year the National Endowment for Democracy spent over 5.8 million dollars on the U.S. destabilization campaign against Cuba. According to figures listed on ned.org, the spending for 2016 was double that of 2014.

The massive amounts of money spent during the Obama administration on Cuba destabilization are a harbinger of what is to come. The capitalist politicians do not part with a dime without an expectation of return. Just as it did during the Obama administration, U.S. imperialism will remain intent on its goal of overthrowing the government, and restoring Cuba to the status of a U.S. colony or semi-colony.

Ahead of a speech scheduled for later this week by Trump about his plans for Cuba, a great deal is being made today in the press about the fact that Obama was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba since the overthrow of Batista. However what is not said is that the real content of the negotiations sponsored by U.S. imperialism were to try to get the people of Cuba to give up at the bargaining table what imperialism had failed to achieve through years of embargo and blockade, C.I.A. covert operations, assassinations, hijacking, biological warfare, and opulent spending on destabilization campaigns.

This entire policy was an attempt to 1) cover over the depth of the contradictions between imperialism and the peoples and 2) separate the problems of war and colonialism from their root cause in the imperialist system. The tactic of imperialist pacifism presented half a decade of systematical aggression against Cuba as only a “policy” arising only from some “hawkish” imperialists who might be opposed by some capitalist “doves” – rather than as the inevitable result of the fact that the very existence of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is bound up with the exploitation of the peoples and the domination of countries.

In the U.S., the capitalists try to keep the workers tied to their political apron-strings by promoting the Democratic Party as the party of the workers and the oppressed minorities.

And precisely because there is so much opposition among the people to war and colonialism, U.S. imperialism is continually at work trying to disguise its exploiting, aggressive aims. U.S. imperialism relies on the counter-revolutionary tactics of imperialist pacifism – of talking about “peace” while waging war, of promising “negotiations and compromise” while imposing its dictate, etc.

These tactics are directed against both the people at home and abroad. For one thing, the capitalist politicians are well aware that whenever the oppressed nations rise up and liberate their countries from colonialism, they destabilize another base of imperialism. So too, the working class movement in the imperialist countries continually strikes blows against the colonial oppressor and destabilizes the “home front” of capitalism, rendering tremendous assistance to the liberation movements.

In the U.S., every generation of Americans has gained inspiration and enlightenment from the international struggles of the workers and oppressed nations – from the heroic struggles of the Vietnamese people, the African people, the Cuban people, etc., etc.

The American people have always opposed the aggressive imperialist wars of our “own government.” For example, the American people created massive movements in opposition to the U.S. wars in Korea and Vietnam. A powerful movement was developed against the war in Yugoslavia and even more powerful movements against the two Gulf Wars. Americans from all walks of life have built up on-going movements of friendship and solidarity with the people of Cuba and other peoples oppressed and attacked by U.S. imperialism.

Today, even as the capitalists, and especially their opportunist helpers in the so-called “left-wing” of the Democratic Party, are further refining their counter-revolutionary dual tactics, the American people's anti-war struggles are maturing. A whole new generation of activists is learning the real history of the imperialist system and the government's war program.

The aim of the people can only be to oppose imperialism and colonialism in all its forms. Our aim is to create a world of genuine peace and friendship in which the sovereignty and equality of every nation is recognized and guaranteed. This requires the complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops stationed abroad and an end to U.S. interference in all its forms.

Our aims can only be carried through by building an independent movement of the workers and people, a movement in opposition to and struggle against the capitalist class which is the source of war and colonialism.