Bush's goals for Cuba are unrealistic
- From: periodistalibre@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2008 11:58:50 -0800 (PST)
Written by Salim Lamrani
Salim LamraniDecember 24, 2007: Last October at the headquarters of
the State Department in Washington, President George W. Bush gave a
long and extremely virulent speech against the Havana government.
While a large part of California is burning and Iraq sinks in a
bloody and endless war, the White House returns to the matter that has
obsessed it since 1959 -- and which it uses to justify almost five
decades of aggressions, cruel and inhumane punishment and political
and diplomatic war on Cuba.
Bush urged the international community to join its irrational and
ineffective policy and apply sanctions against Cuba. He cited the
European nations as an example that docilely follow Washington's
directives, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland who did not
hesitate to interfere in Cuban internal matters and promote
The White House resident also announced the creation of a multi-
billion dollar "Freedom Fund for Cuba," under the direction of
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Commerce Carlos
Gutiérrez, meant to overthrow the Havana government and bring Cuba
again under the United States' sphere of influence.
Bush clearly said, "the operative word in our future dealings with
Cuba is not 'stability' [but] freedom'." But, contrary to Bush's
statements, Cubans do not run "great risks" listening to his speech.
It was distributed in Cuba on radio, television and the press.
The island's inhabitants, who hate any attack on their sovereignty
and national independence, realised to what extreme measures
Washington was proposing to take to intervene in Cuba's internal
affairs contrary to international law. They could also see how
completely disconnected the US president is from Cuban reality.
The only thing it has achieved is to radicalise the Cuban
revolutionary process. In 1962, Cubans were prepared to undergo a
nuclear holocaust before renouncing their sovereignty. Fundamentally,
nothing has changed.
The European Union once again, provided proof of its cowardly policy
with its complicit silence. It didn't deign to condemn President
Bush's words, inadmissible for the international right. Would it have
been so discrete if China, Russia or Iran had called for overthrowing
the government of another sovereign nation?
Any respectable analyst certainly knows that Bush's objectives for
Cuba are not feasible. Washington persists in the same policy that has
failed for years. The revolutionary government has at its disposal the
massive support of the population and is far from being isolated on
the international stage.
Lamrani is a French professor, writer specialising in US -Cuba
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