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Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA

Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA
November 4, 2016
Fernando Ravsberg

HAVANA TIMES — “Napoleon was to them, an Italian man, who organized the
fight without the US; and people are more than sure, that he wouldn’t
have lost Waterloo with the US’ help” (1), says an upbeat song from Rio
de la Plata, which I used to listen to when I was young.

And it really seems like history isn’t the US politicians’ strong point.
Every time they meddle with a country, they leave an apocalypse behind,
however, like the good sorcerer apprentices they are, they continue to
try and have influence across the entire world.

Their most recent interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria should be
enough proof of this. In these countries, violence, its ungovernable
nature and mass emigration have become a lot worse after having received
“the US’ help.”

This isn’t anything new. In 1954, they were involved in the Coup d’Etat
against the government in Iran at the time to impose a dictator, the
Shah, and they made an activist leader out of an imam who had never
participated in politics before and who 30 years later would lead the
first Islamic revolution.

They’ve been trying to create an opposition in Cuba for over half a
century, which would operate with the US help. Even though it seems
deranged, they wanted to win over Cubans with the embargo which would
sink them into “hunger”, “misery” and “despair”.

They have made many attempts to influence the course of this island by
many different means, from organizing a military invasion, trying to
assassinate its leaders, giving supplies to armed groups, financing
dissidents, creating a TV channel, a radio station and even internet
networks just for Cubans.

With these kinds of policies, the US has fed the siege mentality at home
and internationally the “David vs. Goliath” rivalry. Standing up to the
US was a key element in making the Revolution a flag bearer of national
sovereignty.

When in Havana last March, Obama recognized the fact that this strategy
had failed and promised to leave the fate of our country in Cuban hands.
That day, I saw so people crying with happiness in front of their TV
screens, many of them believed that this was the end of a long feud.

However, Washington’s “new” strategy continues the old script of
“promoting regime change”. It appears to be the same show but with a
different set of faces, where dissidents receive secondary roles while
self-employed workers and Cuban youth take the leads.

They are offering scholarships to young Cubans to go and study in the
US. They are doing this outside the official channels of student
exchange programs, which stirs up a lot of people’s suspicions, which is
to be expected given Washington’s long history in Cuba.

This mistrust increased when the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and
Labor announced that it would hand over 6 million USD this year to
programs that “promote democratic change” in Cuba and these include
“academic exchanges or study grants”.

It’s hard to believe that these young people will be converted against
the Cuban government after just being in the US for a couple of weeks.
The growing number of young people already emigrating is much more
harmful to the country, which is bleeding to death right now and nobody
in the government media says anything about it.

The people over at the La Joven Cuba website believe that in order to
attract new generations, the government should end “revolutionary
alienating programs, revolutionary stagnation, revolutionary “guidance”,
as well as wiping out truly revolutionary initiatives and getting rid of
its leaders.(2)”

With these study grants in the US, Cuba is going back to the time of
“political unrest.” Youth protests are being held across the entire
country, the press is filled with articles and videos, the country is
preparing itself for an ideological war and extremists are licking their
lips.

Washington is returning to the battleground where Havana already has
vast experience and where it acts as a judoka, using the force of the
opposition to make it crumble. Since 1959, US operations have only
served to consolidate the Revolution.

They don’t seem to understand that the bilateral conflict goes way
before the time of Fidel Castro, it has the bitter taste of the mambises
who didn’t let them set foot in Santiago, of the constitutional
ammendment that allowed the US to invade Cuba on more than one occasion
and an economic blockade that has lasted for half a century.

Here, any political attempt that has “US’ help” is condemned to failure,
which is something that they should have learned after 50 years of
promoting “leaders”, both violent and pacific to seek “regime change”.

What’s more, today the US’ blunder is better positioning extremist
political factions and their strategy to return and live with a siege
mentality, silencing any space for public debate to raise the old flag
of unanimity and single thought.

“The United States has neither the capacity, nor the intention to impose
change on Cuba. What changes come will depend upon the Cuban people. We
will not impose our political or economic system on you. We recognize
that every country, every people, must chart its own course and shape
its own model.”

In these four phrases, spoken by Obama in Havana, the best strategy that
Washington could come up with comes into play to promote change in Cuba
because, even today, many Cubans would prefer to lose the Battle of
Waterloo before they win it thanks to “US’ help.”

Source: Cuba with a Little “Help” from the USA – Havana Times.org –
www.havanatimes.org/?p=121932

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