The early measures that cut Cuba’s sugar quota, prohibited the sale of oil and transportation equipment, interfered with food and medical supplies and the continued efforts to stop the island from opening to new markets, were designed to satisfy the hatred of extreme right-wing elements in Miami whose senseless privileges were affected by the triumph of the Revolution.
Washington officially imposed the blockade with the interests of the allied counterrevolutionary elements based in southern Florida. We must recall that in 1959, after the Revolutionary government signed the Agrarian Reform Law that banned large landowners and handed over land to those who worked it, U.S. business executives were threatened to stop doing business with the island.
In early 1960, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the CIA to support the right-wing groups in Miami that opposed the Revolution, while the U.S. electric, textile and rice companies based in Cuba began reducing their operations on the island. All bilateral commercial operations were ended in 1964.
During the 1970´s when Havana established ties with some branches of U.S. firms based in third countries, Florida Senators paid by the extreme right-wing Cuban American elements, like Robert Graham and Connie Mack, immediately reacted against the small opening that was finally ended.
The terrorist Cuban American National Foundation, paid large sums of money to Senator Robert Torricelli to impose the bill that in 1992 strengthened the already existing restrictions of sales of medicine and food to the island through US subsidiaries.
In 1994, the late president of the Cuban American National Foundation, Jorge Mas Canosa, warned foreign firms that they would suffer the consequences if they did business with Cuba.
The Helms Burton Law came two years later and was designed to further tighten the economic blockade against Cuba right after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist countries of Eastern Europe, imposing the extraterritorial nature of the new law on those that engaged in business on the island.
Meanwhile, when there are discussions about easing Washington’s anti-Cuba policy, there is strong opposition by Cuban-born U.S. Congressional representatives tied to terrorism and violence.
These anti Cuban elements are responsible for the severe restrictions of the sale of U.S. agricultural products to Cuba which was authorized in 2000 by the U.S. Congress after the passing of a strong hurricane which affected the island’s agriculture.
The conclusion is evident. The economic blockade is a genocidal measure imposed by two executioners with a common cause: the most reactionary and brutal of U.S. official policy, alongside the counterrevolutionary groups which, based in the United States, have not stopped working to turn Cuba back into a U.S. colony.
RADIO HAVANA CUBA