State Sponsors of Terrorism: Meaningless List

Almost always the culprit tries to divert the focus to another course to go unnoticed. Thus, the US government has been acting against the scourge of terrorism, accusing others of committing it while the administration itself has become the worst terrorist in the world. And this hackneyed theme which already

State Sponsors of Terrorism Cuba

State Sponsors of Terrorism CubaAlmost always the culprit tries to divert the focus to another course to go unnoticed. Thus, the US government has been acting against the scourge of terrorism, accusing others of committing it while the administration itself has become the worst terrorist in the world.

And this hackneyed theme which already turned 35 years old (it was on December 29th, 1979 when Washington created the famous list of countries sponsoring this barbarism) is inserted into the scenario of the announced process of restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, as it is not conceivable this may materialize while the island appears on such an unfair list, where it was included arbitrarily in 1982.The pretext-worth mentioning-was the alleged political and medical support to members of the Colombian guerrillas, and the confirmed asylum granted to members of the Basque nationalist and separatist organization –ETA– that faced the Spanish State, circumstances that have nothing to do with aggression to third parties much less with the physical damage to foreign citizens or facilities of any kind in other countries, as it was a humanitarian gesture.

And the humanity of Cubans has been acknowledged, even by prominent US politicians, including Secretary of State John Kerry, who praised the role of Havana in the fight against Ebola epidemic in West Africa, which has caused about 8000 victims.

It was the December 17, 2014, when President Barack Obama delivered his speech announcing the tentative agreement with Cuba for the restoration of diplomatic ties between the two countries, at which he promised to make an effort before Congress to loosen or remove the blockade and give Kerry the corresponding instructions to clear the island from the aforementioned list.

Today this issue becomes critical, especially when the eyes of world public opinion converge on Cuba, because practically nobody in the world gives an atom of credibility to an accusation totally devoid of objective basis. Without going any further: the ETA theme lapsed when Cuba and Spain reached a consensus on the issue long ago, and furthermore, Havana is nowadays host to the Colombian peace talks.

So, with no plausible evidence to offer, only the law of the jungle and a nonsense approach of international practices have been the “base” of such “flimsy” arguments, though they have served a practical purpose as they have attempted to justify the blockade and other aggressive measures against Cuba, like the confiscation of properties of the Cuban state, the piracy of leading brand products of the island and others…

What happens is that in recent times, with the sinking of the blockade and the policy of aggression against our country, the famous list became excruciatingly ridiculous, because the nation applying it ranks as the biggest terrorist in the world, and the sufferer, as the country which offers most support to others in the planet.

These are not mere words. There is a lot of evidence backing such assertions: in the last 15 years Washington plunged Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine into war, while doing everything possible to achieve the same in Venezuela, with no succeed in stabilizing and bringing peace and democracy to any nation in the world.

Meanwhile, Cuba has been “discovered” in the wake of the recent outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, as it was the nation that more rapidly and effectively responded to the call of the international organizations, challenging the major industrialized countries of the West, beginning by the United States and England.

This discovery got “spread” thanks to US The New York Times, The Times magazine, and British The Observer and The Guardian, among others, which acknowledged in reports, reviews and editorials what was already a reality: that Cuba ranks today as the most generous nation on earth.

Without going any further, last December 3rd The Guardian read in an article: “The Caribbean island, with a population of just 11m and official per capita income of $6,000 (£3,824), answered that call before it was made. It was first on the Ebola frontline and has sent the largest contingent of doctors and nurses – 256 are already in the field, with another 200 volunteers on their way”.

The newspaper added that it is not the first time that Cuba has provided most of the medical care after a humanitarian disaster and recalled “Four years ago, after the devastating earthquake in impoverished Haiti, Cuba sent the largest medical contingent and cared for 40% of the victims”

“In the aftermath of the Kashmir earthquake of 2005, Cuba sent 2,400 medical workers to Pakistan and treated more than 70% of those affected; they also left behind 32 field hospitals and donated a thousand medical scholarships”, the important media added.

Then, The Guardian relates, “That tradition of emergency relief goes back to the first years of the Cuban revolution. But it is only one part of an extraordinary and mushrooming global medical internationalism. There are now 50,000 Cuban doctors and nurses working in 60 developing countries”.

Should Cuba remain in this infamous list? Its deeds are the sole answer for this question.

 

 

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