The U.S. administration of Donald Trump has been very busy in Latin America recently, or rather, in the crafting of destabilization plans for several countries in the region.
The President is being advised and encouraged by his National Security director John Bolton; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Mauricio Claver-Carone, Latin American policy coordinator for the White House; frustrated Congressman Marco Rubio (R-Florida); and the recycled Elliott Abrams, named special envoy to Venezuela.
Abrams’ credentials could not be more telling: he was part of the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations and his name has been linked to numerous coups and military interventions. In 1991, he was involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, which revealed how the U.S. sold weapons to Iran and used this income to finance the counterrevolution in Nicaragua. He supported the invasion of Iraq; attempted to hide a massacre of civilians by the Salvadoran army in the 1980s; and was closely linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela.
His job now is to make a reality of Trump’s plans to return to the Cold War, ignoring international treaties that mandate living in peace, without interference in the internal affairs of others.
Within this context, an old issue has been recently resuscitated to further cloud relations between the United States and Cuba. Mauricio Claver-Carone confirmed that the U.S. is considering once again including Cuba on its list of state sponsors of terrorism, citing among arguments for such a decision “Cuba’s actions within the framework of the current political situation in Venezuela,” as well as the country’s presumed support for the ELN in Colombia.
The proposal to place Cuba on this list comes from those who are nothing less than promoters of the most aggressive policies, filled with hate and frustration, who will never accept a free, sovereign, independent country constructing its own socio-economic model right under the nose of U.S. imperialism.
Cuba was included on this spurious list from 1982 until 2015, when then President Barack Obama chose to remove our name amidst a move toward more normalized relations, to the benefit of both countries.
The current administration’s threat is part of an escalation in its interventionist plans, which includes a proposal to re-activate Title III of the Helms-Burton Act; reinforcement of the blockade; the fictitious media show related to supposed sonic attacks on personnel at the U.S. embassy in Havana; travel advisories warning U.S. citizens to reconsider traveling to the island and the prohibition that they do so as tourists, among other measures.
But why has this moment been chosen to move all of these unconstitutional pieces? Washington has its sights on Venezuela. Nicaragua is suffering destabilization encouraged by the United States, and Cuba faces more sanctions.
It never occurs to these types, who promote intervention in the affairs of others, that Cuba offers all of its support to besieged Venezuela, where tens of thousands of Cuban doctors and nurses save lives and cure the ills inflicted by capitalist systems that predominated in the country before the Bolivarian Revolution.
They do not care to recognize that it was precisely Cuba who offered, and offers, to serve as the site of peace talks between the Colombian government and guerilla movements in that country, first the FARC-EP and then the ELN
And that our contribution to peace in Colombia has been recognized by the Bogota government itself, as well as the international community, including the United Nations.
Moreover, Cuba has for decades been the victim of state terrorism conducted by U.S. administrations, and has never practiced terrorism or allowed that its territory be used to organize such acts. Cuba is a country of peace and is committed to peace.