The United States’ hypocritical list
By María Josefina Arce.
Year after year since 1982, the United States has maintained Cuba on the list of countries that, in their arbitrary and unilateral understanding, sponsor terrorism; a list only trying to silence the excesses and outrages that the northern empire commits on a whim around the world.
The international demand that Cuba be removed from that hypocritical list is growing. This is how academics from both countries, meeting in Washington, recently called for the immediate exclusion of Cuba from the annual report, with which the State Department intends to certify the nations regarding their alleged support of extremist groups or activities.
A reflection of the hostile and sickening North American policy towards Cuba in its inclusion in this enumeration, when for many, it is clear that Cuba does not pose any danger to the United States’ national security.
As important officials see, and as it is read in the report on Terrorism of 2008, the White House does not have evidence of money-laundering activities related to terrorism or of the financing of activities in Cuba.
Even Rear Admiral John Adams recently requested that Washington remove Cuba from the list of terrorism-sponsoring countries because he considers that this designation responds to a “counterproductive and hypocritical” policy.
And really speaking of terrorism, it is the United States who should be at the top of the list. The economic, commercial and financial blockade that has been imposed on the Cuban people for over half a century is no more than state terrorism and can also be qualified as an act of genocide against the people.
Washington also supports and protects known criminals who have organized terrorist actions against Cuba. That is the case of Luis Posada Carriles, who walks freely on the streets of Miami, in spite of being the perpetrator of sabotaging a Cuban commercial air plane in flight in 1976 and of other actions that have caused deep grieve to families of the Caribbean country.
In addition, in the name of its own interests and security, Washington starts wars, invades countries, and fills the World with secret prisons where they practice torture, criminal actions that violate International Rights.
Cuba on the other hand, shares life and hope with other countries. There are the thousands of Cuban doctors who offer their help to those who need it most in many nations of the World, and the more than five million people from about thirty countries who have become literate thanks to the Cuban literacy method “Yo sí puedo,” or “Yes, I Can.”
Cuba has won the respect and admiration of many people in the World, not only for its solidarity and selfless help, but also because the revolutionary government has been able to guarantee the most elemental human rights to its people; this is proved by the quality health and educational ratings.