COMMENTARY: The Caribbean and the Latin Americas are still suffering the red tide scum created by Cuba

PM Browne welcomes Cuban President Raul Castro to Antigua last month

By Jolly Green

TheCaribbean like the Latin Americas has been affected by the cancerous effect ofCuban Marxist-Leninist indoctrination.

The Cubans for many decades have tried to convert the whole of the Americas and the Caribbean to their very nasty political system. Training terrorists in both Cuba and on their home soils, they just renamed the terrorist’s ‘freedom fighters’. Supplying them with arms, ammunition and technical knowhow.

Terrorism can be defined as political action employing extraordinarily violent means to achieve the mostly psychological effect of intimidation and demoralization of a nation’s government and its populace. Terrorism is a weapon of the weak, used by groups and individuals who have little conventional military power.

Castro’s Cuba was little more than a puppet of the Russian USSR starting when Castro asked for help from the Soviets, and in response, Khrushchev approved the temporary purchase of Cuban sugar. After the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Cuba became increasingly dependent on Soviet markets and military aid, becoming a willing ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The Russians now had a foothold and a partner in the USA’s backyard, the Caribbean and Latin Americas.

Khrushchev approved the temporary purchase of Cuban sugar in exchange for Soviet fuel. This deal was to play a part in sustaining the Cuban economy for many years to come. Following the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, Fidel Castro announced publicly that Cuba was to become a socialist republic. Khrushchev sent congratulations to Castro for repelling the invasion but privately believed the Americans would soon bring the weight of their regular army to bear. The defense of Cuba became a matter of prestige for the Soviet Union, and Khrushchev believed that the U.S. would block all access to the island whether by sea or air.

Khrushchev agreed on a deployment plan in May 1962 chiefly in response to NATO positioning their nuclear missiles in Turkey in 1958, and by late July over sixty Soviet ships were en route to Cuba, some of them already carrying military material. A U.S. U-2 flight on the morning of October 14 photographed a series of SAM (surface-to-air missile) sites being constructed. In a televised address on October 22, U.S. President John F. Kennedy announced the discovery of the installations and proclaimed that any nuclear missile attack from Cuba would be regarded as an attack by the Soviet Union and would be responded to accordingly. Khrushchev sent letters to Kennedy on October 23 and 24 claiming the deterrent nature of the missiles in Cuba and the peaceful intentions of the Soviet Union. On October 26, the Soviets offered to withdraw the missiles in return for a U.S. guarantee not to invade Cuba or support any invasion and to remove all missiles set in southern Italy and Turkey. This deal was accepted, and the crisis abated.

The missile crisis had a significant impact on the countries involved. While it led to a thaw in U.S.-Soviet relations, it further strained Cuban-Soviet relations. Castro was not consulted throughout the Kennedy-Khrushchev negotiations and was angered by the unilateral Soviet withdrawal of the missiles and bombers. The People’s Republic of China likewise expressed concern about the outcome.

Ref: 1962: World relief as Cuban missile crisis ends BBC.

In 1972 Cuba joined the COMECON, an economic organization of states designed to create cooperation among the socialist planned economies dominated by the massive economy of the Soviet Union. Moscow kept in regular contact with Havana, sharing varying close relations until the collapse of the bloc in 1991. After the demise of the Soviet Union, Cuba entered an era of economic hardship known as the Special Period in Time of Peace.

The Cubans were deeply involved in international conflicts in Nicaragua and Angola on behalf of Russia. Cuba was fighting wars on behalf of Russia as their nominees, the Russians hoping that Cuba would mask the fact that these were Russian interventions and wars.

The Russians needed a foothold in the Countries of the Eastern Caribbean group of islands and through Cuba, once again acting as the Russians nominees and front-man organization. The Cubans already had a man that they had long been training since his introduction in London to the Cubans by the Russians. That man at the time was studying and working in London and was a member of the British Communist Party, his name was Maurice Bishop, a newly passed lawyer, a man eager to serve communism and the Cubans, a man who later with the help of the Cubans became the revolutionary leader of his homeland Caribbean island of Grenada. Bishop attracted all the Marxist and communist scum from the other Caribbean islands, Ralph Gonsalves of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines among them.

After the fall of communism and the Soviet Union, Cuba maintained and built up relationships with other Latin American neighbors and non-aligned countries, as the only Marxist nation within the Western Hemisphere they went to work seriously to try and convert whomever they could to their Marxist-Leninist doctrine. With no financial help now from Russia they had been for years indoctrinating and training selected receptive young students from the Americas and the Caribbean islands attending universities in Cuba.

Chile, Cuba contributed significantly to the erosion of Chiles democratic institutions under Salvador Allende.

El Salvador’s Elections. Cuban trained and supported guerrillas and terrorists attempted to wreck the March 20, 1988, legislative and mayoral elections with the bomb and the bullet, just as they had six years earlier when Salvadorans went to the polls in that country’s first free election.

Panama, in the same month, planeloads of Cuban arms was flown into the country. This development was fraught with peril to Panamanians and Americans. The arms, apparently cached in secret locations around the country. They also wanted to overthrow the democratic leader Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador.

Venezuela, the Cubans supplied trained terrorists to try and overthrow the democratic leader Romulo Betancourt.

The Dominican Republic, the Cubans supplied trained terrorists to try and overthrow the military dictatorship of General Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic.

The Cubans knew the outbreak of even low-level terrorism in a country unused to serious violence could destabilize already fragile, strategically vital nation even more.

The Castro regime is responsible for decades of sponsoring terrorism around and in the Americas and the Caribbean. Castro’s targets for subversion and terrorism had certainly been Venezuela and its leader Romulo Betancourt. So when Hugo Chavez came to power via a military coup, Fidel Castro could not believe his luck. It got better because the first thing Chavez did was to make contact with the Castro regime and ask for help

Today the Cubans are still at it, but they have learned that violent terrorism does not work and is a slow process starting at the roots of the societies they wish to influence. They discovered as early as the 1980’s that it was better to start at the head and work their way down than start at the root and try and grow heavy foliage. So no terrorists hiding in the jungles and isolated villages, at the other end of the scale no tanks on the streets either. No murders of politicians, merely a quiet, and soft velvet revolution and the capture of the minds of the ignorant and control of the recipient countries by a more scientific method of command starting with the heads. Almost all the heads of state are in those positions by Cuban intervention, or self worship of the Cuban system.

Cuban cancer eventually spread to Venezuela when their leader Hugo Chavez sold their sovereignty to Cuba, on the understanding that Cuba and Venezuela would become one state ‘The Bolivarian State of Cubzuela.’ Fidel and his brother were nearing the end of their lives, and Fidel promised Chavez that he would be the president of Cubzuela. Fidel Castro is a very clever old man with a lawyer trained background molded the almost childlike Chavez like putty, Chavez was a mile behind in intelligence. Castro’s Cuban think tank invented a new method of initial alliance and called it ALBA. A name that captured the politically immature mind of Hugo Chavez who was now well and truly hooked, a Castro pez.  When it was launched, ALBA had only two member states, Venezuela and Cuba. The idea was hatched by Fidel Castro and sold to Hugo Chavez. The overall plan was to capture the Latin Americas and Caribbean island governments and people without using Cuba’s usual route of training terrorists and causing guerrilla warfare to try and bring about revolution. Cuba is a known Marxist-Leninist style communist state, and that is what Chavez had by now introduced to Venezuela. Castro and Chavez went about forming the ALBA organization. Unlike the previous Marxist-Leninist style of communism, the economic model espoused by ALBA is based loosely on a Trotskyite version of communism outlined by the Mexican academic Heinz Dieterich (who wrote the book on 21st Century Socialism). ALBA is an explicitly anti-capitalist group. Five “socialist” Latin American nations–Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Cuba, with Suriname, admitted to ALBA as a guest. The supporting institution of this movement, the Bolivarian Alliance (Alianza Bolivariana para Los Pueblos de Nuestra América), or ALBA. The Caribbean countries who are also members of ALBA, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts, and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Fidel Castro was disappointed when Hugo Chavez died, but all democracies in the hemisphere cheered when he died and also again later when Fidel Castro, fortunately, died as well. Providentially for Castro before he died saw the Latin Americas chief scumbag, Nicolas Maduro, a Cuban university trained Marxist- Leninist communist take the Venezuelan dictatorship and commence to drive out all the upper and middle class citizens, hopefully on their part leaving Venezuela with just a peasant class, the same is happening in a smaller way in all ALBA member countries [including Saint Vincent and the Grenadines].  However, things have not gone well with the Venezuelan revolution; the Cubans had to send in their special forces ‘Black Wasps’ to snipe and kill rioting students.  So after Cuba had sucked out vast volumes of below-cost oil from Venezuela, the Cubzuela option was taken off the table. It merely became a none starter on the death of Hugo Chavez which was further compounded on the death of Fidel Castro.

Many of the Caribbean islands governorships had come from the democratic democracy loving United Kingdom. However, Cuba intended to change all that.

The current threats to democracy are well-camouflaged, despite no more tanks in the streets or rebel armies threatening to seize power, or insurgents and terrorism. Instead, Cuban influenced elected leaders are taking office and steadily eroding democratic freedoms, erasing the separation of powers, turning the judiciary into an arm of the executive and securing an unquestioning rubber stamp in the legislature. The newly elected autocrats, in countries like Venezuela, are extending their terms of office, undercutting political discourse and benefiting from entrenched corruption. That corruption is both a cause and an effect of the undemocratic wave. In the face of vast numbers of sitting presidents and vice presidents and even prime ministers and other politicians across the region found to have taken bribes, along with the parade of former heads of state indicted and convicted, many Caribbean’s and Latin Americans are losing faith in the system. In every Caribbean and Latin American country, less than one-third of respondents said things are getting better.

Electoral fraud, sometimes referred to as election manipulation or vote rigging, is illegal interference with the process of an election, either by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both. In the ALBA countries, every election is rigged. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela are good exhibits, but they are all at it. The Cuban training school for vote rigging has trained election officials, politicians and police officers in how to rig the voting system in their own countries.

It is undeniable while the current march towards totalitarian states and communism by the rulers and leaders and particularly by ALBA member countries such as Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Gonsalves dynasty things look bleak for struggling people whose lot has got worse by the minute. Of course, it is many times worse in Venezuela. However, it’s a common trait throughout the ALBA membership.

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    Except to ask these simple questions, no comment on content;

    (i) …Is ANR the vehicle to convey for ire and bitterness?

    (ii) …Why no author is identified with this commentary?;

    (iii) …Why an ANR Editorial Staff would wish to chose a photograph of former Cuban President
    Raoul Castro and Prime Minister Gaston Browne?

    (iv) …What has the latter done, or did not do to provoke the writer into an apparent frenzy?

    (v) …What is the significance or benefit of its contents to the average Antiguan and Barbudan?

    • Well maybe ANR wants to take over from where Observer is leaving. Cause everything the writer is writing here is total hugwash.
      Cuba has over decades never ever tried to spread it’s communism to any Caribbean Island. They do have assisted the Islands in almost every which way they can. Whether it was after a hurricane or with scholarships for our students, which many have been able to take advantage of. My of our fine doctors have been studied and trained in Cuba. And not to mention the assistant with our road program and our hospital by sending us nurses and doctors.

  2. I hate using derogatory terms to describe people, but I wonder who is the fool that penned this opinion piece. I don’t know him/her, but one thing is clear. They support neo-colonialism, and are clearly opposed to black and brown people achieving and asserting their independence from those that oppressed them for hundreds of years.

    Haiti had to pay reparations to France, in order to retain their independence, even though it caused Haiti to become impoverished. The mighty USA ensured that Haiti adhered to this oppressive obligation. On the other hand, the mighty USA and their so called democratic countries are opposed to paying reparations to the descendants of those they enslaved for centuries. Yet, they support and have paid reparations to the Jews.

    Cuba has been subjected to an economic blockade from the USA for more than 50 years. The current and previous regimes (with the exception of the Obama administration that took steps to normalise relationships) have done everything in their power to destroy Cuba and overthrow its government, though Cuba has done nothing to them. And while they punish Cuba, they embrace enemies such as Russia, China, North Korea, and even Viet Nam, where they fought wars.

    And after consistent and ongoing attempts to sabotage the Cuban economy, they turn around and blame it on the political system in Cuba. Were it not for the valiant support from Cuba, South Africa would likely still be under the apartheid system. Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe would probably remain colonies. Freedom lovers around the globe are thankful to the Cuban people for their solidarity and assistance in ridding us of colonialism.

    And when you look at American intervention in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua, Chile and now Venezuela, it’s easy to recognise where the real threat to democracy and freedom comes from. A luta continua!

  3. Can’t believe I wasted time on this drivel. Not only is the content garbage, but the grammar is even worse.
    Seems like the capitalist education system has failed the writer badly.
    ANR even the language used in the headlines is unacceptable. How did this nonsense pass editorial scrutiny

  4. This is total right wing propaganda, not based in fact or reality. Why is this here? Who is the REAL author of this rambling piece of nonsense?

  5. Rambling nonsense. Hogwash. Alternative news. The idxxt who penned this needs to explain to me why Haiti had to pay France for it’s independence. When ‘it’can answer that, then he will be allowed to stain Cuba with that diatribe.

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