>Freedom Socialist Party Statement
>in Defense of Cuba:
>Stop U.S. Aggression!
It is good that the FSP hasissuedthisstattement. They used to be active in
the Seattle*Cuba Friendship Committee but havent participated in about a
year. Maybe this is an indicaation that they will return.
Tom Warner, Secretaaary SCFC
>Every day the U.S. government becomes more belligerent and bellicose
>towards our neighbor to the south.
>Once again, Cubans are being encouraged by U.S. policy to fly,
>motorboat or even swim to Florida's shores. Meanwhile, reports of
>life-threatening hijackings in Cuba are escalating. These actions
>are spawned by Washington's refusal to grant visas to Cubans who want
>to leave legally, and by promises to go easy on others who reach "the
>land of milk and honey" illegally, even if they are hijackers.
>This policy, coupled with attempts by the Bush administration to
>destabilize the Cuban government from within (through stepped-up
>payments to and brash plotting with counter-revolutionaries on the
>island) has created a new crisis in U.S.-Cuba relations.
>The current jailing of U.S.-bankrolled "dissidents," and the recent
>death sentences meted out to ferry hijackers, need to be weighed
>within the larger context of U.S.-Cuba relations, as well as the
>imperial aims of Washington. Is Cuba overreacting to a potential
>threat from the U.S.? We don't think so. We agree with the
>perspective set forth in the excellent article entitled "Cuba
>Crackdown: A Revolt Against the National Security Strategy?" by Robert
>Sandels, found in CounterPunch
>Consider the following facts. Bush's Latin American policy czar, Cuban
>American Otto Reich, is busy fomenting coups in Venezuela. Meanwhile,
>Colin Powell announces Cuba is to remain on the list of terrorist
>nations, and his aide, John Bolton, claims the island is exporting
>biological technology to terrorist nations. But hey, relax, says
>Donald Rumsfeld, Cuba is not to be invaded just yet! In this highly
>charged atmosphere, is it really so difficult to imagine Washington
>sparking another massive outpouring of Cuban "refugees," in order to
>justify a military confrontation in the ensuing melee?
>What is Cuba to do if the U.S. has shown it won't extradite or try
>hijackers, or if the U.S. refuses to issue visas for legal migration
>and encourages illegal immigration? Under the economic conditions
>imposed by the blockade, this policy ignites a time bomb on the
>Within this context comes the trial of the ferry hijackers. The three
>men, who were tried and executed, had held weapons on their hostages,
>repeatedly threatened to kill them, and ordered the unseaworthy ferry
>out into rough seas, threatening the lives of all on board. This
>hijacking was one of seven such attempts in an equal number of months,
>including armed hijackings of passenger planes. Cuban authorities also
>foiled plans for over two-dozen additional hijackings. Castro stated
>that he feared a massive exodus if swift measures were not taken to
>end this stampede quickly.
>In this atmosphere, the Cuban government held a summary trial and
>quickly executed those found guilty, in an attempt to stop more
>hijackings from occurring. We would have preferred less of a rush to
>judgment, and consider the lengthy appeals process for convicted
>criminals one of the gains of the American Revolution and subsequent
>struggles. But we are not in a position to know how imminent a
>massive exodus was from Cuba and cannot say whether the Cuban
>government had good cause to act so swiftly. What we do know is that
>the Cuban government followed its own laws in these matters and has
>the right to defend its citizenry from imperialist sabotage.
>As for the "dissidents" jailed for taking money and direction from the
>U.S. in order to further the openly counter-revolutionary Helms-Burton
>legislation, the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) supports the right of
>the Cuban government to prosecute and jail those who were guilty.
>The FSP strongly condemns continued attempts by the U.S.
>administration to overthrow Cuba's democratically elected government.
>We also defend Cuba's right to protect itself against U.S. aggression
>and destabilization maneuvers. We feel the strongest measures Cuba
>and its supporters could take would be to eject U.S. Interest Section
>Chief James Cason from Cuba for openly aiding opponents of the
>revolution, mount an international campaign to kick the Yankees out of
>Guantanamo, publicly oppose the U.S. "war on terrorism," and continue
>the campaign to free the Cuban Five.
>We are concerned that Castro's offer after September 11, 2001 to help
>Washington in the war on terrorism contradicts Cuba's proud history of
>opposition to U.S. imperialism. The offer disarmed and disoriented
>forces here and elsewhere who are attempting to expose the capitalist
>aims of the U.S. in the domestic and international arena. The same
>holds true for Castro's showcasing of Jimmy Carter's trip to the
>island to promote the Washington-backed Varela Project, as well as the
>Cuban government's refusal to allow any criticism of the Catholic
>Church during the Pope's visit despite Church opposition to socialism,
>reproductive rights and lesbian/gay freedom.
>Publicly offering to cooperate with Washington in the war on terrorism
>has only revived more Bush administration charges against Cuba (i.e.
>giving the U.S. false tips on terrorist activities, harboring
>terrorists from Ireland, Colombia and the Basque Region, etc.).
>Washington has absolutely no interest in "cooperating" with Cuba as
>evinced when they threw five Cuban nationals in jail for collecting
>information on U.S.-based anti-Cuba terrorists, even though the
>intelligence was shared with U.S. authorities.
>The FSP understands that Cuba is relatively isolated in terms of
>international support from other governments. But the masses of
>peoples across the globe will heed an unambiguous call to rally in
>defense of the Cuban revolution and against U.S. aggression. Let's
>build a movement around Guantanamo to equal the one that freed Vieques
>from Yankee bombing raids, while denouncing the sham war on terrorism
>and replacing it with an international campaign to expose and oppose
>the real goals of corporate America.
>Issued by: Freedom Socialist Party National Office
>4710 University Way NE #100, Seattle, WA USA 98105
>206-985-4621- fspnatl@... - www.socialism.com
>In Los Angeles:
>Solidarity Hall, 2170 W. Washington Blvd. L.A. CA 90018
>323-732-6416 � LAFSPRW6@...
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