A CubaNews translation.
Edited by Walter Lippmann.
Miami.- I have lived in Miami since November 29, 1960, and now I’m 68 years old. I was 13 when I arrived with my family, much like almost 130,000 Cubans who left their country in that year as a result of the radical changes made by the Cuban revolutionary process and war threats issued by the United States that were partially carried out in April 1961, five months later, with the Bay of Pigs invasion, the defeat of which those 55 years ago will be soon celebrated by the Cuban people in revolution.
Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961, and not in Miami. After living in that city for so many years I know very well that “clear monument”, as Obama described Miami, calling it an example of hope for the Cubans, especially the young people,” in his well-timed and much-quoted speech of March 22 in Havana’s Gran Teatro.
Like others, I have written extensively about the idyllic and unreal image of Miami that U.S. Administrations have stubbornly insisted on creating and using as a contrast for more than 57 years, since the beginning of this long-lived nightmare, to the great work and example that the Cuban people’s Revolution has been. This virtual vision is the “clear monument” that Obama brought back to life in his speech.
Above all else, Mr. Obama, Miami is the irrefutable example of the Cuban people’s success in maintaining and developing their socialist revolutionary process and, therefore, their independence and sovereignty. Miami is conclusive proof of the defeat suffered by the Cuban counterrevolutionaries and their imperial masters in their attempts to destroy Cuba’s independence.
Miami, the clear monument that Obama presents to the Cuban people as their hope for the future. It is where his terrorists live, those of the U.S. governments, who have planned and committed acts of terrorism against the Cuban people. These victims, killed as a result, have been men and women that include many, many members of that youth that you, Mr. Obama, constantly encourage to forget the past.
And those victims have also been boys and girls, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, female and male friends and neighbors… It’s an endless list, Mr. Obama. Not to mention, Mr. President, the suffering of their families and friends for the loss and absence of their loved ones in so many years of horror.
In 57 years there have been thousands of terrorist acts against the Cubans as a result of the State Terrorism policy designed by U.S. governments, one of which you preside over today, brother Obama, as you were called by Fidel, whom these U.S. terrorists have tried to kill countless times.
You see, it was those U.S. governments which in 1959, two years before you were born, started to recruit, train, arm, fund and lead those terrorists who lived or are still living in Miami. Some of them, who have died –of natural causes, by the way– and the U.S. government has protected them and let them do what they do with total impunity.
Those terrorist monsters are now living freely here in Miami, your “clear monument” and example to the Cubans, “especially the young people”. They don’t worry that they will ever be brought to justice for their heinous crimes as required by law and decency, thanks to the protection that your government, Mr. President, gives them.
How many are the Cuban victims of that terrorist policy? Official figures have it that 3,478 have died and 2,099 have been physically disabled. Given the horror caused by the imperial policies of aggression and war against other peoples in the last decades, maybe the readers will not be shocked by the number of Cuban men and women who have died or been disabled in all these years of sustained terrorist campaigns led by the United States.
Fidel managed to put into the right context in his memorable speech of October 6, 2011 in memory of the 73 victims of the loathsome act committed by these same beasts when they planted a bomb on a civilian plane of Cubana Airlines and blew it out of the sky 35 years before that day.
Fidel explained then: “Comparing the Cuban population [on October 6, 1976] with the U.S. population last September 11, it’s as if seven American planes, each with 300 on board, had been shot down on the same day and at the same time… And if we compared the two populations, the 3,478 Cuban lives lost to these terrorist acts originated in the United States, it would be as if 88,434 Americans had been killed by terrorists, a number equivalent to the number of American soldiers killed in the Vietnam War and the Korean War together.”
Just as the experiences and outcomes of this vile and endless U.S. policy of State Terrorism have been terrible for the Cuban people, so too have they been for us Cubans who, also for decades, have defended our people right from the dens where these monsters who spearhead such a policy are living and enjoying the impunity offered them by Washington.
Next April 28 will mark the 37th anniversary of the bomb attack in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that caused the death, one day later, of Carlos Muñiz Varela, our companero at the National Committee of the Antonio Maceo Brigade, and his terrorist killers, who are members of the Miami-based Cuban extreme right, are yet to be taken to court so that justice is done.
The federal authorities in charge of these dreadful matters, and mainly the FBI, Mr. President, are to blame for the fact that nothing has been done about it. They refuse to disclose the evidence they have that can prove those murderers guilty.
In Puerto Rico, however, Carlos’s family and friends, Cubans and Puerto Rican alike, under the guiding hands of Carlos’s son –now considerably older than his father when he fell in 1979 at the age of 25– and our comrade Raúl Álzaga, keep demanding justice for both Carlos and Santiago Mari Pesquera, a young Puerto Rican pro-independence fighter, recently recalled again by our comrade of old, Ricardo Alarcon, in an excellent article.
So how is it, Mr. President? What’s with the “clear monument” that you hold Miami is as an example of hope for the Cubans, “especially the young people”? What about those scoundrels who are your terrorists, Mr. President, still free and unpunished thanks to your decision, not that of other presidents –ten of them, to be precise– who ruled before you, but your own one?
Here in Miami, alive and free and waiting for your decision to bring them to justice as required by law, are, among others: Félix Rodríguez, Luis Posada Carriles, Pedro Remón Rodríguez, Ernesto Lluesma Pares, Ruperto Pérez Ortega, Frank Castro Paz, Santiago Álvarez Magriñat, Reynol Rodríguez González, Osvaldo Bencomo Robaina, Sergio Ramos Suárez, Armando Ruiz Maceira, Secundino Carreras Bencomo, Ramón Saúl Sánchez, Guillermo Novo Sampol, Antonio de la Cova, Virgilio Paz Romero, Héctor Fabián, José Dionisio Suárez Esquivel and Luis Crespo.
Not many of them are mentioned here, Mr. President, Sir. The above names are just a sample of your terrorists. Many, however, are their heinous crimes.