[Marxism] The empire plans to crush the Cuban nation and proclaims its intentions with insulting arrogance.

Mike Friedman mikedf at mail.amnh.org
Fri Jul 2 10:41:42 MDT 2004


PERMANENT MISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA TO UNITED NATIONS


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PRESS RELEASE





          STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLE'S POWER
                       OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA





The empire plans to crush the Cuban nation and proclaims its intentions with
insulting arrogance.


It is intensifying the economic war, the internal subversion, the anti-Cuba
propaganda and the pressures on the rest of the world designed to pave the way
for a direct military intervention that would destroy the Revolution, end our
independence and sovereignty and realize the old annexionist fantasy of seizing
control of Cuba.


Yesterday, Washington enforced new, harsh measures against the Cuban people and
against Cubans living in the United States. Their promoters refer to these
steps as part of a plan to bring about "a rapid end" to the revolutionary
government.


The new measures involve toughening the already unfair and discriminatory
restrictions imposed on those Cubans, the only national group to which the U.S.
government dictates the kind of relations its members can have with their
families and country of origin, in flagrant violation of that country’s
Constitution. They no longer even have the right to visit Cuba once a year. Now
they cannot do so more than once every three years and must apply for a
specific authorization for the purpose, which will be for a maximum stay of 14
days. The limit on how much they can spend here has been severely reduced, the
same as the amounts they can send to their relatives. Such visits and
remittances are now strictly restricted to what the Bush administration calls
"immediate family", arbitrarily excluding aunts and uncles, cousins, nephews
and nieces, among other relatives. What legal precedent can the American
authorities cite for such an intrusion into people's private lives? Where are
the "family values" which the current president and his friends tout so much?
Is Mr. Bush still describing himself as a "compassionate conservative"?


The people who elaborated these measures and those tasked with enforcing them
have warned that there will be no exceptions, that they will be applied
retroactively and rigorously and that heavy fines and severe prison sentences
await those who breach the blockade. A kind of apartheid has been created for
Cubans living in the United States.


Yesterday also saw cancellation of almost every license that, although subject
to onerous restrictions, permitted some Americans to visit Cuba. They have even
eliminated the issuing of licenses in cases where the visitor would be spending
no money here at all. The latter shows that the policy goes beyond tightening
the blockade and damaging Cuba's economy. It also aims at preventing millions
of Americans from having direct contact with Cuban reality, a right recognized
for three consecutive years by a substantial majority in the US Congress. What
are Mr. Bush and the ultra-reactionary mafia that dictated this irrational
policy afraid of?


There is one aspect of the US plan that is especially cynical. On the one hand,
it places drastic restrictions on remittances from Cuban residents in the
United States to their relatives in Cuba while, on the other, it allows and
instigates anyone to provide money and material support to the traitorous
grouplets operating here under Washington's orders. While depriving US citizens
of their right to visit Cuba, the administration spends large amounts of
federal funds on arranging journeys from third-party countries by people whose
declared intent is to supply these mercenaries. The budget for funding and
directing other actions to undermine Cuban society over the next two years is
59 million dollars. This sum includes 18 million for radio and television
broadcasts from a C-130 military airplane, an irresponsible and illegal
provocation that not only breaks the law but also infringes the international
rules on aviation and telecommunications.


There is also the threat of increasingly arbitrary application of those
sections of the Helms-Burton law specifically designed to penalize businessmen
from third-party nations. In the celebrated "understanding" it signed with the
European Union, Washington undertook to consider eliminating the relevant
aspects of the Law, but never took any action. Adding insult to injury, Bush is
now making these provisions even tougher.


Disingenuously camouflaged as "aid to a free Cuba", the infamous volume of
450-plus pages full of hatred, lies and tiresome rhetoric, goes into minute
detail on the measures Washington would impose if it succeeded in getting
possession of Cuba. The Cuban society would be entirely subjugated to the
United States, which would dominate all its activities without exception. A
complete account of this recipe for unbridled interventionism would be endless,
but some aspects of the plan offer an idea of the degree of servitude and
exploitation planned for Cubans:


· One of the first tasks of the so-called "transitional government" would be
   to restore their properties to the former exploiters, including houses and
   lands sought by the annexionist mafia that supported Batista in the past.
   The process would be quick and directed by Washington, which would set up a
   special mechanism to that end. This infamous document also specifically
   decrees the eviction of those living in reclaimed dwellings or unable to pay
   high rents, a return to the practice of arbitrarily evicting small farmers,
   as well as the dismantling of the farming cooperatives and restoration 
of the
   former latifundia. What was already foreseen in the Helms Burton act is now
   expressed in a more blatant form.


· All sectors of the economy would be privatized, while a permanent US
   government Committee for Economic Reconstruction, to be set up right away,
   would control the economy.


· The subsidies and price controls affecting goods and services supplied to
   the public would be abolished.


· The social security and welfare system would be dismantled and commitments
   to pay benefits and pensions would be repudiated.


· Healthcare and education services would be privatized.


This would be a return to capitalism in its most brutal form, under the yoke of
a foreign power.


The consequences for the Cuban people would be so terrible that even the report
itself warns that "it would not be easy" to bring about "the transition", which
would meet considerable rejection on the part of Cuban society. For this reason
it identifies as an "immediate priority" the assembling of repressive forces
that would be organized, trained, equipped and advised by Washington.


As proof of their true intentions to intervene and subject Cuba to an
annexionist regime, the US president would immediately appoint an official
tasked with coordinating all the various aggressive measures aimed at
overthrowing the Revolution. This person would subsequently lead the
'government of intervention', like Valeriano Weyler and Leonard Wood rolled
into one: a truly genocidal strategy.


They will certainly not be able to bring such evil plans to fruition.


They would first have to invade Cuba, occupy the country militarily and then
crush our people’s resistance: that will never happen. We are ready and willing
to fight to the last man and woman to prevent it. If they attack us here, they
will find a united, educated people, with a glorious history of heroism,
struggle and sacrifice for freedom, that will never give up its independence or
its ideals of justice and solidarity, that will never renounce the fine, noble
and profoundly humane society it has succeeded in building despite the empire's
acts of aggression. If they attack us, they will sustain here their greatest
and most humiliating defeat.


We shall confront these measures and any others our enemies may devise. We
shall stand our ground and fight. Firmly united behind Fidel, Raúl and our
Party and under its wise and consistent leadership, we shall advance ever
onwards to victory.



National Assembly of People's Power of the Republic of Cuba.


Havana, July 1st, 2004


"Year of the 45th Anniversary of the Triumph of the Revolution"





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