Washington Beats the Drum for Escalation of U.S.-Backed Sabotage in Cuba
July 25, 2022-Since Biden took office as President, the White House and Democratic Party controlled Congress have been stepping up their policy of increased "engagement" with Cuba. Some of the highlights have included Consolidated Approperiatons Avt spending that included $12.97 million for anti-government radio broadcasting, $20 million for internal sabotage efforts in the name of "democracy promotion," Congressional resolutions condemning Cuba's political and economic system (HR 760 and SR 310), and extension of Cuba's designation as a "state sponsor of terrorism."
On July 11, the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken issued a position statement about the U.S. policy in Cuba. According to Blinken, "we will continue to stand with the Cuban people to support their struggle for democracy, including by promoting accountability for Cuban regime officials for human rights abuses, condemning restrictions on fundamental freedoms and labor rights, calling for the unconditional release of political prisoners, and urging our partners to do the same."
Such statements are not in any way a new part of the decades-long campaign to reverse the verdicts of the Cuban revolution. However, this year, through the White House, State Department, monopoly-controlled media and other institutions of the State apparatus, the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is backing such statements with big claims that unprecedent numbers of Cubans are joining a new movement that's itching to bring back such entities as the Bethlehem Steel Company, the House of Morgan financial group, the National City Bank, Chase Manhattan, the Brown Brothers, and the United Fruit Company; entities which once controlled all of Cuba's financial interests and sectors of its economy.
According to Blinken, "One year after the July 11, 2021 protests in Cuba, the United States recognizes the determination and courage of the Cuban people as they continue to fight for respect for human rights and persevere through repression during a historic year."
The glory days of Washington's model of Cuban "liberation" being flamboyantly celebrated by U.S. imperialism are the days when Cuba was seen as a prime investment opportunity, when land ownership was concentrated in the hands of Yankees, when Cuba was most famous for its flourishing gambling, prostitution and drug trades, and called the "playground of the Caribbean."
These recent claims glorifying renewed internal sabotage events received a response from Cuba's President. On July 11, President Diaz-Canel communicated, "If there is something to celebrate today, it is the victory of the people against the attempts to carry out a soft coup. The Cuban Revolution is the dignified and heroic people who resist and create; the people who resist the hatred of a genocidal blockade that has lasted over 60 years; the people who respond by creating a work of love every day."
Since the launch of the Cuban revolution, the U.S. government has continued organizing internal subversion, sabotage and murder against the Cuban people. It has threatened Cuba with nuclear weapons, trained counter-revolutionary armies and political shock forces in the U.S. and kept up a nonstop campaign of ideological, political, and diplomatic pressure.
Prior to the Cuban revolution, U.S. armies invaded and occupied Cuba and U.S. imperialism was robbing the wealth and exploiting the people of the country. Today, the illegal blockade and aggression against Cuba aims at restoring U.S. neo-colonial domination of the country.
The Biden administration's program of promoting soft-coup attempt as a triumph for "human rights" and "democracy" is nothing but a rehash of the slogans uses across the globe in order to declare the right of U.S. imperialism to be the judge, jury and executioner of the globe; to declare the right to determine the economic and social system of every country and to decide which peoples are entitled to sovereignty and independence and which are not.
Today, the Cuban people are not only resisting, but defeating the aggression of U.S. imperialism. In the face of U.S. misinformation campaigns, covert subversion and an intense economic embargo, the people of Cuba are winning victory after victory for their revolution and over hatred and destabilization attempts. They are continuing along the path of their revolution, defending their national sovereignty and independence and determining for themselves their economic and political system.
In addition to the determination and will of the Cuban people which is blocking the hostile aims of the U.S. government, the American people and those of almost every nation in the world are speaking out against U.S. policy on Cuba. The policy of the Biden administration remains in complete defiance of international law and the accepted principles of sovereign equality amongst nations, non-intervention and non-interferene in the internal affairs of other countries as well as the freedom of international trade and navigation.
A democratic foreign policy in the U.S. must recognize the right of independent, soverign nations to organize their societies as they see fit. The political and economic system of Cuba is not a matter for the U.S. government to decide. The U.S. government's illegal and inhuman policy of attempting to starve a nation into submission must be brought to an end. The demand of the times is for the U.S. to end its embargo.