For many years, the people of Cuba have suffered because of the economic blockade of Cuba. This was done to them, not because Cuba was a threat to the USA, they were not ever a threat to anyone. It was done because Cuba refused to submit to the USA. The imaginary “bogie-man”, the enemy that was created to set up the cold war scenario, was communism, which was thought to be the world’s most insidious form of government. At least, that was the American propaganda. The socialist revolution brought by Fidel Castro and his partners booted out the capitalists that had turned Cuba into the brothel of the rich American tourists. Also, the resources of the rich Island were taken back from the corporations that had been raping Cuba’s natural resources, and, as in all good socialist revolutions, the wealth of Cuba became Cuba’s again.
Of course, those who had become part of the USA takeover, the rich elite, escaped to Miami, and they demonized the revolutionaries, since their capitalist playground had been taken away from them. They joined with the USA government to pour out propaganda, and indoctrinated their children to hate the government of Cuba.
My theory is that a certain type of individual is easily convinced by such propaganda, and will never forget it, never change their mind. This is the unintelligent, but highly ‘patriotic’ person, such as the idiot, Marco Rubio. The following is a quote from him.
“In the eyes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Cuban people are suffering because not enough American tourists visit the country, when the truth is the Cuban people are suffering because they live in a tyrannical dictatorship.”
Rubio also said, “The Cuban people have a standard of living well below that of virtually every nation in the hemisphere.”
So the anti-Cuba mafia of Miami says that the government of Cuba is a dictatorship that is causing them to suffer, is it? In spite of the crippling blockade instituted by the USA, the United Nations Human Development Index ranks Cuba above Mexico, and above most of South America.
Their infant mortality rate is better than that of the USA, and universal health care gives every Cuban a life expectancy equal to that of the U.S.
Rubio has said he will reverse the rapprochement efforts of the Obama administration if he is elected. But he has no chance of being elected. And, actually, in the future, the USA must return the Guantanamo Bay back to the Cubans, and completely end the economic blockade against Cuba. My hope is that Americans will visit the Island and understand that the Cubans were never a threat to the USA. Also their eyes will be opened as to how we have been lied to all these years, and how unrighteous our government has been to oppress the Cuban nation for so many decades. It was done to protect the mafia method of domination. If one country is allowed to escape domination, then the other nations of South America might insist upon being liberated, as well. Well, all of South America is going to be liberated, and surely Cuba will never again allow the USA to dominate them, even after relations are normalized.
The revolution must be preserved and continued, never allowing corporate capitalism to take over.
It is so ridiculous to hear American politicians criticize Cuba’s alleged human rights abuses. And they say, “Political prisoners must be released!”, when so nearby, on the east coast of Cuba, the Americans have been running a torture camp, the Guantanamo gulag. And the government of the USA is so eagerly trying to get at Edward Snowden, and Julian Assange, both heroic whistle-blowers, exposers of America’s war-crimes, and the NSA’s unconstitutional spying on the American people. Dissidents such as John Kiriakou have been jailed and harassed. John’s crime was to reveal the Bush-era torture program.
One of these prisoners at Guantanamo is on the verge of death, but they won’t let him out, as they think it would encourage other prisoners to go on hunger-strikes. The following is an excerpt from an RT News article, and a link to the article:
A prisoner at the US’ Guantanamo Bay prison, who has been on a hunger strike since 2007, may soon starve to death, as prolonged force-feeding has apparently rendered his body incapable of absorbing nutrients. The DoD opposes the ailing man’s release.
Tariq Ba Odah, a Saudi resident of Yemeni descent, was captured in Pakistan and has been held in the Guantanamo facility since 2002. In 2009 he was cleared for release by the Obama administration, but remains in US custody. In 2007 he went on a hunger strike to protest his indefinite detention without charge. After more than eight years without taking food voluntarily, he weighs less than 34 kilograms and may soon die, his lawyer says.
The source added that hardliners in the Pentagon, who consider hunger striking a form of warfare, would not allow Ba Odah’s struggle for release go unchallenged. If his protest succeeded, it could encourage other hunger strikers and give the appearance that the DoD had suffered a substantial defeat, the reasoning goes.
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I personally was shocked that a couple of the comments left after the above article, were so negative toward the prisoner. Americans seem to be convinced that all of the detainees at Gitmo are guilty, to some extent. It’s as if their logic goes, “Well, the government has had them locked up, so they CAN’T BE innocent.” I can’t believe people like the Congressman Tom Cotton, who say that he hopes all of the Guantanamo prisoners “rot in hell, but if they can’t go to hell now, they can stay locked up from now on.”
If there were a good case against any of them, they would have been prosecuted by now, and given prison sentences. The fact is that if justice were served, all of them would be due massive remuneration as compensation for the injustices that have been done to them. There should be no place on earth that is a “rights-free zone”. This is a term that has been used to describe the Guantanamo bay prison. Guilty or innocent, they have been victims of torture and cruelty. They have been in prison, in miserable confinement for over a decade. They must be freed.
And the USA owes compensation to Cuba for all of the damage that has been done to them by our blockade, and by our clandestine attempts to overthrow the government.
But I hope the people of these two neighbor nations can find common ground, in our striving against injustice. We can develop friendships and alliances, get to know each other. It will be a truly good thing.