The arms smuggling scandal that has enveloped Cuba recently is far from being an isolated incident. The world would be best served to remember that the Castro dictatorship has a long and sordid history of exporting weapons and military advice to rogue regimes and terrorist organizations throughout the world. To attempt to portray the Castro regime in Cuba as anything but a State Sponsor of Terrorism is not only disingenuous, it is extremely dangerous.
Cuba has spurred a clandestine industry of weapons
For years, Havana traded arms in Africa and Latin America
One way of exporting the Cuban revolutionary project powered by an anti-US ideology was the supply of weapons to countries and organizations that had troubles to buy them or were banned from doing so. As a result, a black market with Cuban trademark gained strength.
Sale of weapons by Cuba during the Cold War was part of the scheme of Castro’s diplomacy. In this way, Cuba formed alliances in all continents and oxygenated its dependent economy as a satellite of the Soviet Union.
The finding on July 10 of 240 tons of arms of Soviet origin and property of Cuba onboard the North Korean vessel “Chong Chon Gang,” hidden beneath thousand sacks of sugar, revives the issue of the underground business of weapons.
Havana acknowledged being the owner of the weaponry to the authorities of the Panama Canal. However, it labeled the load as “defensive and obsolete,” listed stocks of Mig-21, missiles and tanks, and claimed that everything had been sent to North Korea “for repair” and timely return.
The close ideological ties between Cuba and communist Pyongyang are not a secret. Therefore, Havana’s lines of argument are hardly credible according to analysts.
“Cuba seeks a niche in the alternative market of weapons set by North Korea with countries in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia,” said Colonel Juan Reynaldo Sánchez, a former escort of Fidel Castro.
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