[Marxism] From NSCUBA
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Thu May 20 12:00:27 MDT 2004
A call by the Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA) to the Cuba
solidarity movement and citizens of Canada.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
May 19th, 2004
The Nova Scotia Cuba Association (NSCUBA) expresses its resolute
solidarity with and support for the Cuban people, the Cuban government
and the Cuban Revolution as they defend themselves against the latest
act of all-sided aggression launched by the U.S. government against the
island. The latest measures of the George W. Bush administration are a
deliberate assault on the well-being of the Cuban people, an undisguised
provocation aimed at preparing the grounds and pretexts for a military
attack and a flagrant violation of international law.
NSCUBA once again reaffirms the inalienable, inviolable and
inextinguishable right of the people of Cuba - and all other peoples -
to determine their future and their political, economic and social
system on their own terms and without external interference from any
source: a right enshrined in the United Nations Charter and numerous
other international treaties, covenants and legal instruments.
At this critical moment as Washington is brutally attempting to suppress
the national resistance to its occupation of Iraq, the level of U.S.
unrelenting aggression against Cuba has escalated. This latest
escalation is occurring within the context of ongoing U.S.
destabilization of Venezuela. It also occurs in the wake of Washington’s
sponsored, financed and organized coup in Haiti, which removed the
constitutional and legitimate government of Jean Bertrand Aristide and
where the U.S. backed thugs and former death squad members were given
full rein to seize power.
These latest measures against Cuba, among other things, sanction a
program of deliberate overt military intimidation, step up the economic
war against the island, and channel additional tens of millions of
dollars to the U.S. manufactured opposition groups on the island.
The flying of military aircraft on the edge of Cuban airspace and waters
in order to broadcast into the island - an act patently illegal under
international law – can only be described as a provocation of the
highest order. It is very probable that the real mission - despite
public protestations otherwise - will be to DELIBERATELY CROSS-OVER AND
VIOLATE Cuban airspace with the objective of provoking a response from
the Cuban military: a policy that has ample precedent given the history
of the myriad U.S. violations of the airspace of the Democratic Republic
of Korea, China and the former USSR.
Any violation of Cuban airspace will be not only be illegal but an act
of war under international law. Indeed, Cuba would be well within its
rights to force or shoot down these aircraft. This is what Washington
wants to happen, then the entire propaganda apparatus would go into to
full gear to justify the unjustifiable, an attack on Cuba.
The severe limitations placed on remittances and family visits to Cuba
are aimed at creating an economic crisis in order to precipitate a
migratory flow to the United States, further stimulated by the murderous
Cuban Adjustment Act that grants special privileges and rights to – AND
ONLY TO – Cubans who choose to emigrate illegally and are able to make
it to U.S. shores. In short, the measures are aimed at re-creating the
1994 rafters crisis, when at the height of the economic crisis that hit
Cuba after the collapse of the USSR and the East Bloc and the tightening
of U.S. pressures thousands of Cubans took to the seas in order to reach
It is critical to bear in mind that Washington has informed the Cuban
government that any uncontrolled migratory flow would be considered a
threat to U.S. national security. The ramifications are obvious. Such a
situation would be then become a pretext for U.S. military intervention.
Washington seeks to manufacture any pretext to "justify" the
unjustifiable. The recent statements and actions of the Bush regime must
not be seen in isolation or as merely “election year shenanigans.” They
are part and parcel of an orchestrated campaign designed to culminate in
open military confrontation with Cuba. The campaign has steadily grown
in tempo and includes the formation of the so-called Commission to
Provide Assistance to a Free Cuba, which was charged with the task of
expediting and hastening the end of the Cuban Revolution. The
Commission’s report formed the basis for the latest measures enacted by
the U.S. government. However, the report was preceded by the unilateral
suspension of the migratory negotiations; the fabrications that Cuba
engages in and supports terrorism; the constant fallacious refrain that
the island has biological weapons, despite the fact that this patently
false has been refuted time and time again; the assertion that Cuba is
destabilizing Latin America; and the increasingly vociferous campaign
about so-called "human rights violations” and increased financial aid,
material support and political directives to the U.S. organized
government opponents’ groups.
Given the present world situation, it is clear that the central
immediate task that faces the solidarity movement and all peace and
justice loving people is the defense of Cuba from attack by Washington.
Of course, in the face of this threat the Cubans will, as they have
always done, respond with the usual patient and calm approach to danger
that has typified more than 45 years of the Revolution. Nevertheless let
no one be deceived: as the Cuban people have shown through-out their
history - emphatically re-emphasized by the huge 1.2 million citizen
march on Friday, May 14th - they are ready and prepared to fight to
defend their homeland and Revolution.
This is a very dangerous time for Cuba. No one can predict the future,
but we can and must read the signs. We must be prepared to defend Cuba
and above all support Cuba's right of self-defense. In the face of the
massive orchestrated campaign of disinformation, distortions and
outright falsehoods, all progressive-minded people - particularly those
in the Cuba solidarity movement - must not vacillate in the face of nor
conciliate with the concerted efforts to discredit and isolate the Cuban
1. DEMAND that the Canadian government live up to its obligations under
the UN Charter, the OAS Charter, international law and its
responsibilities as a member of the international community by
denouncing and condemning the continuing U.S. aggression Cuba.
2. DEMAND that the Canadian government cease its participation in the
U.S. international campaign of discrediting the Cuban Revolution and its
achievements in the socio-economic, cultural and political spheres,
which under the guise of the “promotion of a human rights and ‘Canadian
values’ agenda” facilitates Washington’s program to destabilize Cuba.
3. CALL on all groups working in solidarity with Cuba to redouble their
efforts to counter the disinformation campaign against the island and
prepare a very serious and concerted program of actions against the very
real threat of U.S. military aggression: including, among others, the
organization of public forums, rallies distribution of literature &
petitions, pass resolutions at unions, municipal councils etc.).
4. CALL for a nation-wide day of solidarity with Cuba against U.S.
threats for July 26 or some other historic date that can be agreed on by
all groups in solidarity with Cuba.
HANDS OFF CUBA! NO U.S. WAR OR ATTACK ON CUBA!
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