of Foreign Affairs
ON August 18, for the 30th time, the
U.S. Department of State included Cuba on the
spurious list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, with
the sole objective of discrediting our country and
having a continued justification for the cruel and
repudiated blockade policy against Cuba.
The government of the United States,
which has historically practiced state terrorism,
extrajudicial executions, the kidnapping of persons,
murder using drone aircraft, torture and illegal
detentions; which has established secret prisons;
which is responsible for the death of hundreds of
thousands of innocent civilians as the result of its
wars of occupation and conquest in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and which is systematically bombarding
sovereign states such as Libya, does not have the
minimum moral or any other right to judge Cuba, a
country which has an impeccable history of combating
terrorism and which has been, moreover, a systematic
victim of this scourge.
The U.S. government is acting as if
it had not constantly protected the self-confessed
criminal Luis Posada Carriles, an individual whom it
has not wanted to try on terrorism charges, despite
the overwhelming evidence in its possession.
Posada Carriles, in conjunction with
Orlando Bosch Avila, the recipient of a presidential
pardon by George Bush Senior, is the mastermind of
the horrific sabotage of a Cuban passenger plane in
full flight, which caused the death of 73 innocent
people. He is also directly responsible for the
death of Italian tourist Fabio Di Celmo during the
bomb attacks on Cuban tourism facilities in 1997.
Today Luis Posada Carriles is free to walk the
streets of Miami, after having been absolved from
any terrorism charges in a farcical trial in El
At the same time, as irrefutable
evidence of its double standards, the U.S.
government continues to unjustly hold and punish our
five Cuban anti-terrorists in its prisons.
As the result of acts of terrorism
organized, financed and perpetrated from U.S.
territory – in many cases with the complicity of the
U.S. government itself – 3,478 Cubans have lost
their lives and another 2,099 are living with
This political manipulation of an
issue as sensitive as combating terrorism is also an
insult to the memory of the victims of the criminal
acts of September 11, 2001, an event which prompted
solidarity and the offer of unconditional aid on the
part of our government and people.
Cuba demands that the government of
the United States punish the real terrorists
currently resident in that country, free the five
Cuban heroes and end its policy of blockade and
hostility toward our country, a policy which
militates against the legitimate interests of both
Havana, August 19, 2011