Skip to comments.Cuba Our Terrorist Neighbor to the South
Posted on 04/06/2002 7:43:50 AM PST by Luis Gonzalez
Ninety miles from our southern border, one of the world's wealthiest men (worth $1.4 billion, according to Forbes magazine) lives like a king, while his subjects, the Cuban people, live in abject poverty, facing chronic shortages of even the most basic commodities such as food, medicine, clothing and housing, writes Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D., in his newly released book, "Cuba in Revolution Escape From a Lost Paradise." (1)
Fidel Castro, the longest-ruling Marxist dictator in history, runs an island prison without an exit, a brutal repressive police state where individual rights are non-existent. Cuba now has over 300 prisons (up from 11 under Batista).
More than 20,000 Cubans have been murdered and more than 500,000 jailed. More than one-sixth of the population 2 million people have fled the island, with three-fourths perishing at sea. Child abuse, political incarcerations, torture and murder are rampant, as Faria points out and documents in his book.
The Cuban version of Big Brother, the thought police (or DGI), commits unspeakable torture both in the Havana Psychiatric Hospital and in Cuba's prisons.
In spite of massive Soviet aid ( up to $16.5 million per day), Cuba went bankrupt in 1986. Its economy worsened after the fall of the Soviet Union, and in 1997-98, the sugar harvest was the worst in over 50 years. The basic necessities of life had to be rationed.
Since the 1990s, Cuba's health care system once one of the best in the Western Hemisphere has been in shambles. Cuba's homicide rate is higher than ours, its suicide rate is triple ours, and its maternal mortality is four times ours. Its two classes of patients the privileged communist elite and the "liborio," or working class receive different levels of health care.
Castro's hatred for the U.S. and our way of life have been well documented. Since the 1966 Tri-Continental Conference of World Revolutionary Groups, held in Havana and attended by more than 500 delegates from terrorist and leftist groups, Castro has used cocaine trafficking as an instrument of war.
During the 1962 missile crisis he asked Khrushchev to launch a nuclear attack against the U.S., and during the Vietnam War he sent agents to Hanoi to torture U.S. POWs. Many U.S. criminals sheltered in Cuba are on the FBI's most-wanted list, including 66 violent hijackers, murderers and terrorists.
But Castro's support for international terrorism is not as widely recognized. He has trained and supported terrorists from Spain, Ireland, Colombia and Puerto Rico, and from the PLO.
Just last year, in an effort to forge an "anti-Western" front with terrorist states, he went on a tour of Algeria, Iran, Syria and Libya, when he met with Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, Syrian president Al Assad and Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi.
In fact, he made six trips to Libya last year and Qaddafi presented him with a "human rights" medal. In Iran, speaking at Tehran University, he announced, "The imperialist king will finally fall," to thunderous applause from students and faculty.
Cuba has an active bioweapons program, in collaboration with Iran. The CIA has found that Castro's pet genetic and biotechnology industry is a cover for developing biological weapons.
Cuban research has been centered on developing virus strains, which can be inoculated in migratory birds, such as the SV 1417 strain of the West Nile virus, which appeared mysteriously for the first time in the Western Hemisphere in New York, and which more recently has been found in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Georgia, and northern Florida.
Cuba's study of migratory birds has been funded in part by the American Museum of Natural History, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, by the Audubon Society and by a group supported by the MacArthur Foundation.
Even more shocking than this is the fact that our liberal politicians and national news media over the years consistently have supported Castro. Faria notes how such well-known reporters as Diane Sawyer, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather and Barbara Walters fawn over Castro and, by distorting and twisting news reports, hide the truth from American citizens.
Under President Bush's war on terrorism, should they be considered accomplices?
If the U.S. is serious about its new war on terrorism, it must come to grips with the threat posed by Castro. The enemy is a mere 90 miles south of Key West, not on the other side of the world. We continue to ignore Cuba, an active terrorist state, at our own peril.
Jerome C. Arnett Jr., M.D.
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Dr. Jerome C. Arnett Jr. is a member of the Editorial Board of the Medical Sentinel, a medical ethicist, and a practicing pulmonologist in Elkins, W.V.
1. Faria MA Jr. Cuba in Revolution Escape From a Lost Paradise. Macon, GA, Hacienda Publishing Inc., 2002, http://www.haciendapub.com. Return
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well, i think that says it all!
Good to "see" you.
One of the most left wing and Anti 2nd Amendment Foundations out there...Why doesn't that shock me.
Cuba IS flooded with American products already, and with tourists as well.
I don't think you fully understand what goes on there, Castro holds every card in Cuba. There would never be an unrestricted flow of American products into Cuba, Castro doesn't allow for that to happen BECAUSE of the possibility of having just the sort of consequence that you mention.
Cuba can buy American goods in any market in the world. They can simply buy it through other countries...and they do.
Just not for their citizens.
No one but Castro's tiny ruling elite can afford to buy all these products, and Castro carefully regulates who can come to Cuba and how many. Realistically, the only way to displace these communists is militarily. He will always be propped up economically by his investments and his numerous allies, including the ones he has in our own country.
Cuba (Castro) Protests 'Subversive' U.S. Radio Handouts*** *Alonso and other state commentators on the "Round Table" program said American diplomats had for several months been carrying out a more aggressive policy toward Cuba at the behest of President Bush's government. The diplomats, Alonso said, had been "going around various provinces to organize, finance and instruct little counter-revolutionary groups, and hand out clandestine publications and contraband items.****
US Food Cos. Hope for Sales to Cuba - Bush adm. denies visas---LINK to Otto Juan Reich's remarks at his swearing in ceremony.
New ping list...Northern Alliance---us!
I don't get to hang around very long lately, but thanks to you 'pinging' me, I can always catch up on my reading when I have the time.
I appreciate it, thank you.
Like in Poland--e.Germany...right?
I now see where you're coming from. And I'm not surprised that you would advocate enriching the Castro regime.
In your opinion: Was Camp Xray established at Gitmo in the hope that Castro might do something provocative or stupid?
There is no "socialist" system more "hard-core" than Castro's. We "ugly Americans," as you put it, are not as stupid as you think.
You gotta be kidding right? The Soviet communist machine kept intervening imperialistically up until Afghanistan and in Central America until almost the end! The "people" would never have succeeded had it not been for the great moral and geopolitical support of Reagan and his policy of taking the Soviets to the brink of bankruptcy.
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Good article and timely. I sent it along to friend's daughter who is considering a student tour of Cuba.
I do take care of him in my book series ... I set the stage towards the end of book one and now in book two. I will send you the specific excerpt later (probably in book three or four) when he gets his.
I pray for the Cuban people my friend, that they will soon have the opportunity and the will to throw him off.
I just had a thought ......Castro has bioweapons could that Anthrax scare we had have come from him?
That would explain the government's dragging their feet in solving it.......they know it is ole Fidel....Hmmmm!!!!
Europe, Canada, just about everybody else has had full blown relations with Cuba and this seems to have had the opposite effect of what you say - a more entrenched corrupt state, more money to use on oppression and terror, and a renewed life for the commie bureaucracy there.
Economic sanctions would have worked if the west had held firm after 1990. The US should hold firm if not for economic pressure then because it is the right thing to do!
That's where everyone of you guys make your mistake, you have this misguided belief that the US not trading with the Castro regime is some sort of foreign policy strategy designed to collapse his reign, it isn't.
The US stopped trading with the Castro government as a reaction to the theft of millions of dollars worth of property and businesses belonging to US citizens and corporations by the Castro regime. This moratorium needs to stay in place until the matter of the stolen property is settled.
This "embargo" hasn't done any real harm to the Cuban people, Cubans in Cuba don't even believe that it has. I am surprised at how uninformed Americans continue to lay the blame for Castro's failed economic policies at the feet of the US.
Get this fact straight: One hundred percent of the blame for whatever hardships the Cuban people may have endured, or may still be enduring, belongs to Fidel Castro.
Now Archer Daniels and Midland in cahoots with unscrupulous politicians are hoping that the American taxpayers assume the same role of supporting Castro that bankrupted the Soviet Union before.
I think that it was a bit of an "in your face" gesture by Bush, but also, it's the one place where we can be assured that American leftie shock troops would not be demonstrating outside the fence day in and day out.
How are you,my friend?
Please keep me on your ping list, Luis!
Whenever I see or hear the term "Infidel" (In-Fidel) I laugh while imagining that some hero of freedom has rammed a stick of explosives into the rectal relief tube of Castro and lit the fuze !!! BOOM !!! Thereafter I suspect he might be referred to as Out-Fidel... heh heh heh !!!
Now, there's a book I could sell in Little Havana!
Let's get them translated!
So true! Good article. Thanks Luis.