While the current occupant of the White House and his acolytes are feverishly busy trying to get Castrogonia declared a non-terrorist state, the King of Castrogonia and his knights are busy trying to help Iran in any way they can.
None of this will surprise real experts on Cuba and Iran. But it seems that all of the well-known facts don’t matter at all to those from the U.S. who are negotiating with the Castro regime or those who are negotiating with Iran.
The facts also don’t matter to some American so-called “experts” who are only thinly-veiled enemies of their own nation. These “experts” assign all the blame for everything that is wrong in the world on the United States, and describe our relationship with Cuba and Iran as “a state of controlled rage against both of them.”
Of course, these “experts” get their rants published by newspapers such as The Boston Globe, with titles such as “Let go of grudges against Cuba, Iran.” Rare is the real expert on these two countries who is granted permission to express contradictory opinions in the same way.
Who could ever forget all those pro-Castro editorials and articles published by The New York Times this past fall, in breathless anticipation of the “normalization” circus announced in Havana and Washington on December 17?
The upshot of all this is that the phony “experts” are now in control. “Normalization” of U.S.-Castrogonia relations is unstoppable. So is the “normalization” of Iran’s keen interest in nuclear weapons. Never mind the cost, never mind all the implications and ramifications. Never mind the inevitable fallout, literally….
From Havana to Teheran: The strange love affair between a theocracy and an atheistic dictatorship.by Jaime Suchliki
December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a dramatic change in the United States’ policy toward Cuba, heralding the end of a Cold War-era conflict that had begun to look increasingly anachronistic. The benefits of the two longtime foes’ new and improved relationship remain to be seen — but the contradictions involved are already obvious. Over half a century of pursuing an aggressive anti-American foreign policy, Cuba has made plenty of friends whom the United States considers enemies, and Havana is unlikely to easily let go of its longtime allies. These include Russia, Venezuela, and a variety of Arab dictators, Islamic fundamentalist movements, and anti-Israeli terrorist organizations. The list of Cuba’s unsavory friends also includes Iran — a relationship of particular salience on the world stage today.
Communist Cuba’s alliance with the Iran of the Ayatollahs dates to 1979, when Fidel Castro became one of the first heads of state to recognize the Islamic Republic’s radical clerics. Addressing then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, Castro insisted that there was “no contradiction between revolution and religion,” an ecumenical principle that has guided Cuba’s relations with Iran and other Islamic regimes. Over the next two decades, Castro fostered a unique relationship between secular communist Cuba and theocratic Iran, united by a common hatred of the United States and the liberal, democratic West — and by substantial material interests. (In the photo, Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Cuba’s Vice Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez attend a wreath-laying ceremony on Revolution Square in Havana on September 7, 2011.)…
….Tehran’s and Havana’s shared interest in Venezuela is another source of potential concern to the West. Venezuela’s strategic position and considerable resources make it a potentially greater threat to U.S. interests in the region than the one posed in the 1960s by the Castro regime. Venezuela’s alliances with Iran, Syria, and other anti-American countries and its support for terrorist groups, while representing a smaller threat, are as formidable a challenge as the Cuba-Soviet alliance. And while Cuban support for the regime in Caracas is fairly well known, Iran, too, has been offering Venezuela technical assistance in the areas of defense, intelligence, energy and security. Iranian as well as Cuban personnel are advising, protecting and training Venezuela’s security apparatus.
Of more strategic significance is the possibility that Iranian scientists are enriching uranium in Venezuela for shipment to Iran. Venezuelan sources have confirmed this possibility. Foreign intelligence services consulted by the author acknowledged these rumors but are unable to confirm them. If confirmed, these actions would violate U.N. sanctions as well as U.S. security measures.
If the U.S. really intends to expand its relations with Cuba,Washington needs to address Havana’s troublesome alliances with rogue regimes — above all, its friendship with Tehran. These alliances — as well as the desire of the Cuban military to remain in power and transfer control to younger, but still conservative, anti-American leaders — are a troubling sign that internal liberalization will be slow and difficult. No matter how much Washington may want to see a new and friendlier Cuba, the island nation’s choice of allies says more about the future of this relationship than any number of well-meaning declarations.
Read the entire essay HERE.