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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-17-08 03:21 AM
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24. This may be what you're looking for:
Sunday, January 20, 2008

Book Review: Superpower principles - U.S. Terrorism Against Cuba
In June 1959, some five months after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the Havana government promulgated an agrarian reform law that provided for state appropriation of large private landholdings. Under this law, U.S. sugar corporations eventually lost about 1,666,000 acres of choice land and many millions of dollars in future cash-crop exports. The following year, President Dwight Eisenhower, citing Havana's "hostility" towards the United States, cut Cuba's sugar quota by about 95 percent, in effect imposing a total boycott on publicly produced Cuban sugar. Three months later, in October 1959, the Cuban government nationalized all banks and large commerical and industrial enterprises, including the many that belonged to US firms {Cuba offered to reimburse those who previously owned land or property that was nationalized, according to whatever value they had placed it at on the previous year's tax return. This was rejected.--Delta}.
Cuba's move away from the free-market system domination by US firms and toward a not-for-profit socialist economy caused it to become the target of an unremitting series of attacks perpetuated by the US national security state. These attacks included U.S.-sponsored sabotage, espionage, terrorism, trade sanctions, embargo, and outright invasion. The purpose behind this aggression was to undermine the Revolution and deliver Cuba safely back to the tender mercies of global capitalism.
The U.S. policy toward Cuba has been consistent with its longstanding policy of trying to subvert any country that pursues an alternative path in the use of its land, labor, capital, markets, and natural resources. Any country or political movement that emphasizes self-development, egalitarian human services, and public ownership is condemned as an enemy of the USA and targeted for sanctions or other forms of attack. In contrast, the countries deemed "friendly towards America" and "pro-West" are those that leave themselves at the disposal of large U.S. investors on terms that are totally favorable to the moneyed corporate interests.
Of course, this is not what U.S. rulers tell the people of North America. As early as July 1960, the White House charged that Cuba was "hostile" to the United States (despite the Cuban government's repeated overtures for normal friendly relations). The Castro government, in Eisenhower's words, was "dominated by international communism". Cuba was a threat to the "stability" of the hemisphere and to the survival of American democracy, we heard. U.S. officials repeatedly charged that the island government was a cruel dictatorship and that the United States had no choice but to try "restoring" Cuban liberty.
U.S. rulers never explained why they were so suddenly concerned about the freedoms of the Cuban people. In the two decades before the Revolution, successive administrations in Washington manifested no opposition to the brutally repressive autocracy headed by General Fulgencio Batista. Quite the contrary, they sent him military aid, did a vigorous business with him, and treated him well in every other way. The significant but outspoken difference between Castro and Batista was that Batista, a comprador ruler, left Cuba wide open to U.S. capital penetration. In contrast, Castro and his revolutionary movement did away with the private corporate control of the economy, nationalized U.S. holdings, and renovated the class structure toward a more collectivized and egalitarian mode. That is what made Fidel Castro so insufferable in Washington--and still does.
Needless to say, the U.S. method of mistreatment ahs been applied to other countries besides Cuba. Numerous potentially dissident regimes that have asked for friendly relations have been met with abuse and aggression from Washington: Vietnam, Chile (under Allende), Mozambique, Angola, Cambodia, Nicaragua (under the Sandinistas), Panama (under Torrijo), Grenada (under the New Jewel Movement), Yugoslavia (under Milosevic), Haiti (under Aristide), Venezuela (under Chavez), and numerous others. The U.S. modus operandi is:
  • to heap criticism on the targeted government for imprisoning the butchers, assassins, terrorists, and torturers of the previous U.S.-backed reactionary regime;

  • denounce the revolutionary or reformist government as "totalitarian" for failing to immediate institute Western-style, electoral politics;

  • launch ad hominem attacks upon the leader, labeling him as fanatical, brutal, repressive, genocidal,power hungry, or even mentally imbalanced;

  • harass, destabilize, and impose economic sanctions to cripple its economy;

  • attack it with surrogate forces, trained, equipped, and financed by the CIA and led by members of the former regime, or even with regular U.S. armed forces.
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  -Cuba rejects U.S. supplies, asks for suspension of trade embargo Judi Lynn  Sep-16-08 05:34 AM   #0 
  - Not a good year to go South for the winter.  Nambe   Sep-16-08 05:54 AM   #1 
  - Only the USA and Israel support that blockade  Ghost Dog   Sep-16-08 05:58 AM   #2 
  - Sometimes they can arm-twist the Marshall Islands into voting with the U.S. (and Israel).  Judi Lynn   Sep-16-08 06:37 AM   #5 
  - damn Jews  dwickham   Sep-17-08 01:01 AM   #18 
     - Regarding your message content ...  Billy Burnett   Sep-17-08 01:13 AM   #19 
        - obviously you're not paying attention  dwickham   Sep-17-08 01:42 AM   #20 
           - Looking forward to reading some of your bountiful supply of evidence Cuba sponsors terrorists.  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 01:46 AM   #21 
              - we all know what a true champion of democracy Castro has been  dwickham   Sep-17-08 02:06 AM   #22 
              - Get off your personal attacks and post some of that plentiful information on Cuba's  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 03:15 AM   #23 
              - it's common knowledge  dwickham   Sep-17-08 08:56 AM   #27 
                 - "It's common knowledge". Ha. There you go Judi Lynn.  Billy Burnett   Sep-17-08 09:16 AM   #30 
                 - "Some people say..." "I know it in my gut..."  Ignis   Sep-17-08 04:41 PM   #45 
                 - I read once that Cuba spends in ONE YEAR what the U.S. spends in TWELVE HOURS  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 04:51 PM   #51 
                 - Glad to wait for that ample proof you have concerning Cuba's support of terrorism.  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 01:04 PM   #32 
                 - Then if it's common knowledge  NeoConsSuck   Sep-17-08 04:39 PM   #44 
                 - Not being a purveyor of common knowledge...  LanternWaste   Sep-18-08 09:14 AM   #77 
              - This may be what you're looking for:  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 03:21 AM   #24 
              - You seriously need to stop with the personal attacks  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-08 04:45 PM   #47 
              - If the so called "secret police" are secret, how could someone turn a neighbor in to them?  Mika   Sep-17-08 08:20 PM   #60 
              - Funny that ...  Billy Burnett   Sep-17-08 08:03 AM   #25 
  - Global links;Cuba's relief/ how you CAN help  babydollhead   Sep-16-08 06:30 AM   #3 
  - Isn't it way overdue to continue this blockade? It serves no  yy4me   Sep-16-08 06:33 AM   #4 
  - Maintaining the embargo is Obama's policy too.  Billy Burnett   Sep-16-08 10:20 AM   #7 
     - Foreign Policy, Republicans = Democrats  AlphaCentauri   Sep-16-08 10:30 AM   #8 
  - There are strings attatched to the US humanitarian aid.  Proletariatprincess   Sep-16-08 08:02 AM   #6 
  - America it seems,  ronnie624   Sep-16-08 10:57 AM   #11 
     - Cuba has been treated like this for a century +.  Billy Burnett   Sep-17-08 12:45 AM   #17 
  - Cuba offered to send doctors and aid to New Orleans.  Nambe   Sep-16-08 10:33 AM   #9 
  - Past US relief to Cuba contained strong anti Castro/ anti Cuban gov messages on packaging.  Billy Burnett   Sep-16-08 10:41 AM   #10 
  - kick  babydollhead   Sep-16-08 11:56 AM   #12 
  - Cuba disaster and ways to help  arikara   Sep-16-08 05:23 PM   #13 
  - Kick for relief links.  Billy Burnett   Sep-16-08 07:05 PM   #15 
  - 'Temporarily'? I say "permanantly".  Captiosus   Sep-16-08 05:58 PM   #14 
  - I think if the unthinkable happens  Tansy_Gold   Sep-16-08 09:43 PM   #16 
     - I hope Cuba will take me. I will need elder care some day.  roody   Sep-17-08 09:04 AM   #29 
  - puting politics over the needs of their people I see  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 08:17 AM   #26 
  - Why on earth would you think that no other LatAm nations are helping Cuba?  Billy Burnett   Sep-17-08 09:23 AM   #31 
  - Odd to see posters make charges they know are bogus, isn't it?  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 01:27 PM   #33 
  - first I've heard of it. and you forgot the US $5 million aid offer  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 07:55 PM   #56 
     - The CNN article you link to omits the US's requirement for US gov "assessment teams" for aid.  Mika   Sep-17-08 08:07 PM   #59 
        - the US government invites reps from numerous governments  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 09:07 PM   #61 
           - Cuba does the same thing also, but just not declared enemies that have attacked before.  Mika   Sep-17-08 09:50 PM   #64 
              - well, its Cuba who is asking their declared enemy for aid aren't they?  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 09:53 PM   #65 
                 - oh, and this is a good time to respond to the doctors offer Cuba made  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 09:57 PM   #66 
                 - No. Cuba wants to purchase what it needs (w/credit like other countries). US sanctions prevent it  Mika   Sep-17-08 10:00 PM   #67 
                    - credits??? based on what?  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 10:09 PM   #69 
                    - oh, and about the jobs that would benefit the US  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 10:20 PM   #70 
                       - I guess the US gov sanctions and American travel ban have worked.  Mika   Sep-17-08 10:34 PM   #71 
                          - no, the embargo hasn't worked, but US tourism isn't the main source of revenue for the Caribbean  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 10:44 PM   #72 
  - I didn't say that, I questioned why Cuba doesn't look south for support  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 07:58 PM   #58 
  - And it turns out other LatAm countries are helping Cuba, so your whole premise is bullshit.  Billy Burnett   Sep-18-08 07:27 AM   #76 
  - self delete  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 09:14 PM   #63 
  - When did you stop beating your dog? n/t  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-08 04:46 PM   #49 
     - as soon as it quit breathing n./t  Bacchus39   Sep-17-08 09:08 PM   #62 
  - Why are we sending supplies to Cuba?  cobalt1999   Sep-17-08 08:59 AM   #28 
  - Why did Cuba have a crowd of doctors waiting with their medical bags to come to the US  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 01:37 PM   #34 
  - That's nice, but did they have a similiar disaster going on in Cuba at the same moment?  cobalt1999   Sep-17-08 01:45 PM   #35 
  - Oh, I getcha! Cuba has actually declined the offer, and requested the U.S DROPS THE EMBARGO, instead  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 02:23 PM   #37 
  - Because BushCo knows it won't be accepted. Why do they do anything?  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-08 04:47 PM   #50 
  - The US Govt offered only $100,000. The later offer was politically tinged by right wingers in Miami  flamingdem   Sep-17-08 02:02 PM   #36 
  - Thanks, Lincoln, but no thanks.  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 02:26 PM   #38 
     - I would like to be in Miami for that event!  flamingdem   Sep-17-08 04:04 PM   #41 
        - Nope, but I keep a close eye on them ever since the Elin sideshow. Both Diaz Balarts  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 04:32 PM   #43 
        - Information on Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's opponent: "Opponent says Ros-Lehtinen can be beaten"  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 04:45 PM   #48 
  - Wouldn't it boost our economy if we opened up trade to Cuba?  Love Bug   Sep-17-08 02:56 PM   #39 
  - Sure it would. American food producers and other business people have been lobbying for years  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 03:20 PM   #40 
  - exactemundissimo - right now they need us and we need them just as much!  flamingdem   Sep-17-08 04:05 PM   #42 
  - Hmmm...  Pastiche423   Sep-17-08 10:00 PM   #68 
     - Do you mean the post about trade?  flamingdem   Sep-18-08 03:10 AM   #73 
        - Please read post #55. It explains why things are at a stand off.  Billy Burnett   Sep-18-08 07:22 AM   #75 
        - No, I meant about Obama  Pastiche423   Sep-18-08 02:44 PM   #79 
  - Yes. But the US will never forgive Fidel for not selling out Cuba  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-08 04:44 PM   #46 
  - It's almost not worth the effort after he has stubbornly resisted being assassinated 638 times!  Judi Lynn   Sep-17-08 05:04 PM   #52 
     - Thank you, Judi Lynn.  sfexpat2000   Sep-17-08 05:09 PM   #53 
     - Thanks!! This should be muy interesante  flamingdem   Sep-17-08 07:02 PM   #54 
  - It wouldn't be a boost for campaign contributions for politicians on both sides.  Mika   Sep-17-08 07:26 PM   #55 
  - The embargo hasn't worked  bluedem77   Sep-17-08 07:56 PM   #57 
  - It's worked for the politicians who get campaign support for AND against it.  Billy Burnett   Sep-18-08 09:21 AM   #78 
  - Fidel: The untold story  Popol Vuh   Sep-18-08 04:33 AM   #74 
     - Thanks for the chance to see this film by Estela Bravo. She's excellent. n/t  Judi Lynn   Sep-18-08 06:10 PM   #80 

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