It's so close by! To bring sweet freedom and democracy to the people. After all, if it's good enough for Arabs, surely this little neighbor island deserves it. And Gitmo torture center is already based there. Ahhh, but as per below you'll see the real reason for to make Cuba suffer - the Zionists want it. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Cuba's Sin By William Blum "Each day in the world 200 million children sleep in the streets. Not one of them is Cuban." - -- Carlos Lege, Cuban vice president. 11/07/07 "ICH' --- - Since the early days of the Cuban Revolution assorted anti-communists and capitalist true-believers around the world have been relentless in publicizing the failures, real and alleged, of life in Cuba; each perceived shortcoming is attributed to the perceived shortcomings of socialism. It's simply a system that can't work, we are told, given the nature of human beings, particularly in this modern, competitive, globalized, consumer-oriented world. In response to many of these criticisms, defenders of Cuban society have regularly pointed out how the numerous draconian sanctions imposed by the United States since 1960 are largely responsible for most of the problems pointed out by the critics. The critics, in turn, say that this is just an excuse, one given by Cuban apologists for every failure of their socialist system. It would be very difficult for the critics to prove their point. The United States would have to drop all sanctions and then we'd have to wait long enough for Cuban society to recover what it's lost and demonstrate what its system can do when not under constant attack by the most powerful nation in the world. The sanctions (which Cuba calls an economic blockade), designed to create discontent toward the government, have been expanding under the Bush administration, both in number and in vindictiveness. Washington has adopted sharper reprisals against those who do business with Cuba or establish relations with the country based on cultural or tourist exchanges; e.g., the US Treasury has frozen the accounts in the United States of the Netherlands Caribbean Bank because it has an office in Cuba, and banned US firms and individuals from having any dealings with the Dutch bank. The US Treasury Department fined the Alliance of Baptists $34,000, charging that certain of its members and parishioners of other churches had engaged in tourism during a visit to Cuba for religious purposes; i.e., they had spent money there. (As George W. once said: "U.S. law forbids Americans to travel to Cuba for pleasure.") American courts and government agencies have helped US companies expropriate the famous Cuban cigar brand name 'Cohiba' and the well-known rum "Havana Club". The Bush administration sent a note to American Internet service providers telling them not to deal with six specified countries, including Cuba. This is one of several actions by Washington over the years to restrict Internet availability in Cuba; yet Cuba's critics claim that problems with the Internet in Cuba are due to government suppression. Cubans in the United States are limited to how much money they can send to their families in Cuba, a limit that Washington imposes only on Cubans and on no other nationals. Not even during the worst moments of the Cold War was there a general limit to the amount of money that people in the US could send to relatives living in the Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe. In 1999, Cuba filed a suit against the United States for $181.1 billion in compensation for economic losses and loss of life during the first forty years of this aggression. The suit held Washington responsible for the death of 3,478 Cubans and the wounding and disabling of 2,099 others. In the eight years since, these figures have of course all increased. The sanctions, in numerous ways large and small, makes acquiring many kinds of products and services from around the world much more difficult and expensive, often impossible; frequently, they are things indispensable to Cuban medicine, transportation or industry; or they mean that Americans and Cubans can't attend professional conferences in each other's country. The above is but a small sample of the excruciating pain inflicted by the United States upon the body, soul and economy of the Cuban people. For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an "international pariah". We don't hear much of that any more. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote at the United Nations on a General Assembly resolution to end the US embargo against Cuba. This is how the vote has gone: Yes-No 1992 59-2 (US, Israel) 1993 88-4 (US, Israel, Albania, Paraguay) 1994 101-2 (US, Israel) 1995 117-3 (US, Israel, Uzbekistan) 1996 138-3 (US, Israel, Uzbekistan) 1997 143-3 (US, Israel, Uzbekistan) 1998 157-2 (US, Israel) 1999 155-2 (US, Israel) 2000 167-3 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands) 2001 167-3 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands) 2002 173-3 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands) 2003 179-3 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands) 2004 179-4 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau) 2005 182-4 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau) 2006 183-4 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau) 2007 184-4 (US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau) Cuba's sin, which the United States of America can not forgive, is to have created a society that can serve as a successful example of an alternative to the capitalist model, and, moreover, to have done so under the very nose of the United States. And despite all the hardships imposed on it by Washington, Cuba has indeed inspired countless peoples and governments all over the world. A long-time writer about Cuba, Karen Lee Wald, has observed: "The United States has more pens, pencils, candy, aspirin, etc. than most Cubans have. They, on the other hand, have better access to health services, education, sports, culture, childcare, services for the elderly, pride and dignity than most of us have within reach." In a 1996 address to the General Assembly, Cuba's vice president, Carlos Lage stated: "Each day in the world 200 million children sleep in the streets. Not one of them is Cuban." On April 6, 1960, L.D. Mallory, a US State Department senior official, wrote in an internal memorandum: "The majority of Cubans support Castro ... the only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship. ... every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba." Mallory proposed "a line of action that makes the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and the overthrow of the government." Later that year, the Eisenhower administration instituted the embargo. Hugo the demon dictator strikes again The latest evidence that Hugo Chavez is a dictator, we are told, is that he's pushing for a constitutional amendment to remove term limits from the presidency. It's the most contentious provision in his new reform package which has recently been approved by the Venezuelan congress and awaits a public referendum on December 2. The lawmakers traveled nationwide to discuss the proposals with community groups at more than 9,000 public events, rather odd behavior for a dictatorship, as is another of the reforms -- setting a maximum six-hour workday so workers would have sufficient time for "personal development." The American media and the opposition in Venezuela make it sound as if Chavez is going to be guaranteed office for as long as he wants. What they fail to emphasize, if they mention it at all, is that there's nothing at all automatic about the process -- Chavez will have to be elected each time. Neither are we enlightened that it's not unusual for a nation to not have a term limit for its highest office. France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, if not all of Europe and much of the rest of the world, do not have such a limit. The United States did not have a term limit on the office of the president during the nation's first 175 years, until the ratification of the 22nd Amendment in 1951. Were all American presidents prior to that time dictators? Is it of any significance, I wonder, that the two countries of the Western Hemisphere whose governments the United States would most like to overthrow -- Venezuela and Cuba -- have the greatest national obsession with baseball outside of the United States?