Luckily, no one was hurt when a mentally disturbed man opened fire on the Cuban embassy in Washington D.C. That’s a lot more than we can say for the American diplomats who suffered serious injuries in Havana.
Terrorism, the responsibility to protect, Cuban diplomats, and the attack on the Embassy of Cuba in DC
Latest updates on the story, and brief overview of Cuban diplomacy post-1959
Thursday, April 30 at 2:00am a man wielding an AK-47 fired three dozen rounds into the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC. Embassy officials confirmed that no one was harmed, but there was some damage to the building.
D.C. police arrested the man on the scene and a day later we learned that the individual, Alexander Alazo, 42, of Aubrey, Texas “had been living in his car and moving from state to state for several months.” Officials said that he “drove to Washington on Wednesday to target the Cuban Embassy ‘because he wanted to get them before they got him, referring to the Cuban government, for the constant threats from the organized Cuban criminal organization,’ according to court papers.”
Police “believe he had been sleeping at rest stops and in parking lots for at least nine months” and was “off his meds.”
The Castro regime has tried to exploit this tragic episode by blaming U.S. Cuba policy and Castro’s foreign minister pointed out “the responsibility of States to protect diplomats accredited to them and their facilities.” The Center for a Free Cuba pointed out that the assailant had been arrested on the same day as the attack, but that the “scores of diplomats harmed since 2016” in Havana and was “still not cleared up.”
Regime apologists began to tweet away that the attacks had never happened, that they were psychosomatic, and a long series of unhelpful talking points echoing the Castro regime’s unhelpful response since 2016. The mystery surrounding the harm done to Canadian and U.S. diplomats remains unsolved.
Castro regime officials are calling the attack an act of terrorism and one of the dictatorship’s diplomats based in New York City, Alejandro González Behmaras, posted a tweet denouncing the “act of terrorism” and the claim that “terrorism has never frightened Cuban diplomats!”Ambassador González Behmaras, who undiplomatically participated in the disruption of an event discussing the plight of political prisoners in Cuba on October 16, 2018, fails to mention that this lack of fear is due to the Castro regime viewing and promoting terrorism as a legitimate tactic.
The Castro regime has explicitly viewed terrorism as a legitimate tactic to advance its revolutionary objectives. In 1970 the Cuban government published the “Mini Manual for Revolutionaries” in the official Latin American Solidarity Organization (LASO) publication Tricontinental and translated it into many languages, written by Brazilian urban terrorist Carlos Marighella, which gives precise instructions in terror tactics, kidnappings, etc. and translated into numerous languages which were distributed worldwide by the Cuban dictatorship. There is a chapter on terrorism that declares, “Terrorism is a weapon the revolutionary can never relinquish.” This manual is still circulating today.
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