The Cuban dictatorship’s long history of supporting and sponsoring terrorism

As the Biden administration reevaluates the State Sponsor of Terrorism listing of the Cuban dictatorship, it should also review the Castro regime’s long history of sponsoring terrorism.

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

Biden reviewing Trump’s listing of Cuba as terrorism sponsor. A partial summary of the Castro regime’s history of terrorism

In 1966 the Tricontinental Conference was held in Havana, and the Organization for the Solidarity of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAL) was founded to support anti-American revolutionary and terrorist groups around the world. The Castro regime was directly responsible for much of the wave of international terrorism that impacted the world in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cuba’s dictatorship explicitly views 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 and Havana has trained terrorists that targeted the United States and other countries in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with acts of violence with the objective of altering political behavior. John Hoyt Williams in a 1988 article in The Atlantic reported: “In the Arab world some 3,000 [Cuban advisers] can be found in Libya and Algeria, among other things training terrorists and Polisario guerrillas.”

On May 29, 2015 the Obama Administration removed Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. However, the underlying reasons Cuba had first been placed on the list had not changed, but was driven by the White House’s desire to normalize relations with the Castro regime as a legacy project, and what was perceived as an easy “win.” It was a politicized decision, but not the only one taken during that Spring and Summer of 2015 regarding Cuba that negatively impacted international U.S. legitimacy.

On July 27, 2015 the White House continued its drive to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba by whitewashing Havana’s record on human trafficking. The State Department upgraded Cuba’s status after 12 years from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in its Trafficking in Persons Report, but there had been no improvement. Melysa Sperber, director of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) expressed both her surprise and concern that these were “blatantly political decisions” by the Kerry State Department that would “have a really detrimental impact on both the integrity of the report and progress in the global fight to end modern slavery.”

There is also hostility to the existence of the terror sponsor list in the business community. Business interests in the United States have a long history of hostility to unilateral sanctions against regimes engaged in behaviors that Americans find reprehensible. Since 1997 they have joined together in USA Engage to target policymakers, opinion leaders and shape public opinion in order not only to gut and end sanctions against rogue regimes but to also prevent individual victims from taking human rights abusers to court under the Alien Tort Statute.

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