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Response to Ghost Dog (Reply #91)

Fri Apr 4, 2014, 05:26 PM

97. Good for Sra. Vidal. The US has been trying to control Cuba longer than she has lived.

I have to add this passage from the memorandum written Christmas Eve of 1897, by the U.S. Undersecretary of War, John Breckenridge:

~ snip ~

The island of Cuba, a larger territory, has a greater population density than Puerto Rico, although it is unevenly distributed. This population is made up of whites, blacks, Asians and people who are a mixture of these races. The inhabitants are generally indolent and apathetic. As for their learning, they range from the most refined to the most vulgar and abject. Its people are indifferent to religion, and the majority are therefore immoral and simultaneously they have strong passions and are very sensual. Since they only possess a vague notion of what is right and wrong, the people tend to seek pleasure not through work, but through violence. As a logical consequence of this lack of morality, there is a great disregard for life.

It is obvious that the immediate annexation of these disturbing elements into our own federation in such large numbers would be sheer madness, so before we do that we must clean up the country, even if this means using the methods Divine Providence used on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

We must destroy everything within our cannons’ range of fire. We must impose a harsh blockade so that hunger and its constant companion, disease, undermine the peaceful population and decimate the Cuban army.
The allied army must be constantly engaged in reconnaissance and vanguard actions so that the Cuban army is irreparably caught between two fronts and is forced to undertake dangerous and desperate measures.

More:
http://www.historyofcuba.com/history/bmemo.htm

Purely angelic sentiments, aren't they? Bless his heart.

Clearly he spoke for many, considering what they had already done to destroy the Native Americans by then, and next the African Americans they invited to do all their work for them, for nothing, all the time, until they died.

Amazing.

Had to go to find a photo of the new head of the Interests Section, found two:





Here she is, meeting former Jimmy Carter on his last trip to Cuba.

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