President Barack Obama is on the verge of making one of the biggest mistakes of the 21st Century (the other one is the Iran Deal, but that is for another day), taking Cuba off the State Sponsors Of Terrorism.
Ben Domenech underscores how Cuba is giving up nothing for normalization:
What does the United States get in return for this overture? Do we get normalization of the status of Guantanamo? Do we get our fugitives back so they can face justice? Does Cuba apologize for any of its support for terrorism? Does Cuba have to render justice or accountability for shooting down American civilian aircraft in international airspace, as it did in 1996? Do meaningful numbers of Cuban political prisoners get released? Does Cuban social and political repression ease one iota? Does Cuban support for radicalism and violence abroad cease? Does the Cuban communist grip on power and society relax even slightly? Does America receive Cuban support or even neutrality on any issue over which Cuba was previously opposed? Does Cuba concede a single item of strategic value or tactical value?
The answer to every single one of these questions is the same: no.
No! Nothing! Ben Domenech didn’t mention the almost $7 Billion worth (after inflation) of property stolen from US citizens and companies! According the to the 1996 Helms-Burton Act:
…the US cannot lift the embargo until both governments agree to settle the more than 5,900 claims the US Foreign Claims Settlement Commission (an arm of the Justice Department) recognizes against Cuba stemming from the expropriation of property owned by Americans following the Cuban revolution.
But I digress. All you will get from the MSM is that there is “no reason” that Cuba should be on the State Sponsored Terrorism List. I call bullshit on that claim, because a quick search on the web revealed a great archive on Cuba’s Terrorism.
Not only are the Castro Brothers a thugocracy to their own people, they have been exporting their brand of violence to the rest of the world:
When it first came to power, the Castro regime had its own theory of how to spread revolution: to reproduce elsewhere the rural-based guerrilla warfare experience of Castro’s 26th of July Movement in Cuba. In Che Guevara’s words, the Andes would become the Sierra Maestra of South America.
Initial attempts to repeat Cuba’s revolution elsewhere failed decisively. During the late 1960s, the Castro regime gradually reined in its zealots. Without abandoning its ideology or its ties to radical states and movements, Cuba began to pursue normal government-to-government relations in the hemisphere. By the mid-1970s Cuba’s isolation in the Americas eased, and full diplomatic or consular relations were reestablished with a number of countries.
But diplomacy proved unable to satisfy the Castro government’s ambitions. First in Africa and now in Latin America and the Caribbean, Cuba’s policy has again shifted to reemphasize intervention.
On July 26, 1980, Fidel Castro declared that the experiences of Guatemala, El Salvador, Chile, and Bolivia teach us that there is no other way than revolution, that there is no other “formula” than “revolutionary armed struggle.” Castro’s statement was an attempt to justify publicly what Cuban agents had been doing secretly since 1978: stepping up support for armed insurgency in neighboring countries.
These groups include, but not limited to, the following:
LASO – Latin American Solidarity Organization – A Cuban controlled organization founded during the 1966 Tri-Continental Conference in Havana to “coordinate and foment the fight against North American imperialism.”
M-19 – Movimiento 19 de Abril – A Castro supported group formed in 1974 to disrupt Colombia’s government through acts of terrorism and violence. The M-19 was very active throughout the 1980s receiving assistance and training from the Montoneros and Tupamaros groups and the Cuban government, causing Colombia to temporarily sever diplomatic relations with Cuba.
MACHETEROS – This terrorist organization is composed of four Puerto Rican groups: 1) the Macheteros, 2) the Ejercito Popular Boracua (EPB), 3) the Movimiento Popular Revolucionario, and 4) the Partido Revolucionario de Trabajadores Puertorriquenos. Most of the Macheteros have been trained in Cuba, were they have established relations with other terrorist groups. They are responsible for several terrorist acts within the United States and throughout Puerto Rico.
IRA – Irish Republican Army – The IRA is the most dangerous terrorist organization of Northern Ireland dating back to the early 1920s. Although, it wasn’t until the 1970’s when the IRA began terrorist actions and resurrected the historical conflicts. The IRA targets political transformation for United Ireland by eliminating Britain from Northern Ireland and replacing the government of Northern Ireland with a socialist government. Its Latin American headquarters are in Havana.
So you see, the Castro Brothers not only supported terrorism in the Western Hemisphere, but against Europe as well. Does Europe really want to expose themselves to Castro Terrorism again?
To top everything off, Castro Brothers are harboring a host of criminal fugitives:
They include members of a violent Spanish separatist movement, the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA), which the State Department estimates has killed more than 800 people since the 1960s.
Cuba has also provided safe haven to members of the Colombian guerrilla army known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which has been waging a civil war with the Colombian government since the 1960s.
In addition, Cuba is providing refuge for dozens of U.S. fugitives, including one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists – Joanne Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army. She shot and killed a New Jersey State Police trooper execution-style in 1973. She received a life sentence but escaped prison and made her way to Cuba.
“It is essential to recognize that the Castro regime has a long track record of providing sanctuary to terrorists and harboring U.S. fugitives who have murdered American citizens, while undermining national security,” Sen. Bob Menendez*, D-N.J., wrote in a Feb. 26 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. “Before Cuba is removed from (the list), the Castro regime must be held to account for these acts and American fugitives must be brought back to face justice in the U.S.”
“I think the Obama administration has already made a political decision to remove Cuba from the list,” said Mauricio Claver-Carone, executive director of the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, which opposed Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba. “But if the assessment is made on facts and law, it’s very difficult to remove them.”
Indeed. But the Obama Administration has thumb their nose at the rule of law before, so no big surprise there.
So there you go. There is a reason why Cuba is on the State Sponsored Terrorism List and they are completely unrepentant of the matter. They should be on that list. You do not need to dig so deep to find out why. People need to wake up to the danger here.
The U.S. Department of State Counterterrorism Bureau, likely under direction from the Obama White House, is about to forgive the Castro Brothers and wipe the slate clean. Without any repentance from Cuba, any blood that flows from Cuba will be on Barack Obama and John Kerry. History will judge them wanting. Since they are doing this unilaterally and they alone will bear responsibility.
Well, see ya’ later!