Protests over Trump’s decision to recall diplomats from Cuba ignore the real culprit

The Trump administration’s recall of U.S. embassy staff in Cuba has spawned a chorus of complaints from those who favor normalized relations with the corrupt and murderous apartheid Castro dictatorship. The common thread in their protests is how President Trump’s move is negatively affecting the poor Cuban people. Suddenly, they care about the Cuban people.

For decades, these people have been largely silent about the misery inflicted on the Cuban people by the Castro dictatorship. This latest outburst therefore makes it obvious that the only thing that will get the pro-Castro lobby to speak out and defend the Cuban people is when they feel they are being oppressed by the American government. Apparently, the decades of brutal oppression and enslavement by the Castro regime was never worthy of their protest.

Their objections now, however, say as much as their non-objections before that, which is to say, nothing. The blame for the misery and injustice suffered by the Cuban people falls squarely on only one culprit: The apartheid Castro dictatorship. We know that and they know that. But you will never get them to say that.

Via the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba:

Who is Responsible for the U.S.-Cuba Diplomatic Crisis?

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The decision of the United States to withdraw 60% of its diplomatic personnel in Havana is not a sanction against the Cuban Government, but a preventive measure in order to protect the physical integrity of its staff in the near future.

Neither the temporary suspension of the processing of visas is a sanction, but the practical result of having to withdraw a substantial part of this personnel abruptly, to ensure their safety. While it is true that this situation will have an immediate impact on the population, the idea that the temporary cessation of visas is a sanction against the Cuban people is a direct lie from the Cuban Intelligence disinformation industry.

Those unequivocally responsible for stalling the process of granting visas at this time are General Raul Castro, and his son, Colonel Alejandro Castro Espín.  Once again, the Cuban population has been affected by the reckless and irresponsible actions of the Castro family.

Fidel Castro would have solved this crisis expeditiously by looking for scapegoats among senior officers that would be ordered to self-incriminate themselves for the sonic attacks against U.S. diplomats. Most likely he would have later ordered them to be executed, to “cleanse the honor of the revolution with blood”.

His brother Raul cannot arrange such a spectacle. It would be inconceivable for any current Ministry of the Interior (MININT) high ranking officer to lay down their life for such theatrics. They learned the lesson of 1989 when a bunch of high officers who believed in the word of Fidel Castro – as was the case with General Arnaldo Ochoa and Colonel Antonio La Guardia- were shot immediately after admitting their involvement in international drug trafficking and denying that their Commander in Chief knew anything about those drug smuggling operations.

To further complicate matters, if Raul Castro were to declare tomorrow that he was not aware of what was happening, his son, Colonel Alejandro Castro Espín, could not say the same. As the supervisor of all intelligence and counter-intelligence operations, Castro Espín could not avoid his responsibility in the sonic attacks and their harmful effects. One should bear in mind that there were several months during which the wailing of the victims were clearly registered by multiple listening devices and espionage systems used by MININT. Castro Espín did nothing to investigate the situation. The possibility of incriminating other MININT officials without involving Castro Espín and his evident neglect, is highly unlikely.

Due to a lack of (either voluntary or coerced) scapegoats, the only remaining course of action for the Cuban Government was to vehemently deny being the cause of the attacks affecting the health of U.S. diplomats. The General Directorate of Intelligence (DGI) has been forced to fully deploy its arsenal of “active measures” and disinformation techniques.  In their narrative, they insist that the Cuban Government is innocent and is the most interest in cooperating with Washington in “investigating” what happened. However, Raul Castro’s alleged commitment toward the development of good bilateral relations is a tough sell. His record at the helm with Cuba since 2007 has proved the opposite.

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