A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann
According to the prestigious Venezuelan intellectual Luis Brito "the openness towards Cuba is a desperate measure by the US to recover its presence in an international arena that is slipping out of its hands".
Brito based his viewpoint on concrete elements such as the creation of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, which includes the economies of countries representing more than half of world trade; the foundation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, a virtual counterbalance to the International Monetary Fund; and China's decision to invest $40 billion in "The Silk Route", a colossal network of ports, trains, energy pipelines and technology which will connect Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Indian Ocean, and European cities at the expense of the "Pacific Alliance" which Washington promotes with the goal of blocking the progressive American governments from Asia.
To these colossal developments –which aim at breaking the blockade of the US dollar as the dominant currency and replacing it with the yuan– we must add the canal being built by Nicaragua, which will provide unrestricted and unlimited access to the Caribbean and Cuba for a great number of Asian interests. Therefore, pursuing the policy of blockade against Cuba would represent a self-blockade for the US.
The fact that President Obama has not attributed the failure of his policy toward Cuba to the poor ethical and moral content of the US foreign policy applied to relations with its near neighbors is revealing. The president acknowledged that, by normalizing relations with Cuba, the United States seeks to end "an outdated approach that, for decades, has failed to advance our interests".
This amounts to a confession –uttered by the President of the United States– that the many illegalities and vile acts which the superpower has carried out against Cuba have always served the interests of the United States and not the promotion of democracy, human rights, the fight against terrorism, or any other excuse to justify interference in the internal affairs of Cuba, and the violation of the essential principles of the United Nations Charter.
The blockade against Cuba –euphemistically called an "embargo"– has been applied for over half a century, not only as unjustifiable punishment against a sovereign country, but also against US foreign trade companies; and has had global reach considering the important place the United States occupies in the world economy.
The ban on travel by US citizens to Cuba; the continued US occupation of the portion of Cuban territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base; the promotion and tolerance of hundreds of terrorist acts against Cuba which have caused thousands of victims; the maintenance of the Cuban Adjustment Act, intended to promote illegal emigration by Cubans to the US –for propaganda purposes– and the stealing of talent from the island which has caused so many deaths; the absurd inclusion of Cuba on a list of countries which sponsor terrorism so as to undermine Cuba's ties with third countries; the hostile campaign by the US corporate and global media; and many other abuses against the Cuban people committed for over half a century, constitute hostile acts against the Cuban people and are still officially part of current US policy, and obviously should be eliminated without delay.
The US offer to restore diplomatic relations –which is to be discussed in Havana these days– is called to open the way to a future of peace between the two neighboring countries that both peoples anxiously look forward to. However, not everybody predicts such a future.
The many Americans who, jubilant, have been coming to Cuba or sending messages of congratulations after the simultaneous presidential announcements of December 17, 2014, insist on a danger that Cubans should beware of.
"Beware of Corporate America," they warn their Cuban neighbors. They fear that the voraciousness of "corporate America" could fall on the social gains of the Cuban revolution in the new situation they envision. They do not realize that the Cuban revolution is not going to deal with capitalism as something new. The island has maintained cordial relations with businesspeople from almost all capitalist countries in the world –except the United States– without ever admitting interference into the internal affairs of the country. There is no reason to think that American capitalists are worse or better than others.
January 17, 2014.