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Re: [CubaNews] New Story of U.S. Role in Angolan War

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  • Jose G. Perez
    This story may be new to the New York Times, but certainly NOT to anyone who followed events at the time, and moreover coincides FULLY with the information
    Message 1 of 3 , Mar 31, 2002
      This story may be new to the New York Times, but certainly NOT to anyone who
      followed events at the time, and moreover coincides FULLY with the
      information that Cuba put out at the time. Nor is the story even new in the
      mainstream media. For example, the 24-part CNN documentary series on the
      Cold War includes a long section on Angola in episode 17. You can read the
      entire script of that episode here:

      http://europe.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/17/script.html

      It includes some things that even today the NY Times finds impolitic to
      mention, like the role of UNITA, South African troops and CIA mercs in
      massacring civilians, torturing them, and so on, as well as details and how
      thoroughly the joint Cuban-MPLA force smashed the invading columns of the
      invading South African apartheid regime in 1975.

      It also has the merit of getting a lot of the material directly from the
      horse's mouth: how Savimbi got CIA help, the CIA on what a scumbag their boy
      Holden Roberto was, the Soviets on how they really didn't like what the
      Cubans were doing, Fidel's own explanation of what Cuba did and why, the
      South Africans on how they invaded Angola at the request of the United
      States.

      The cold war documentary chapter on Central America, where people from the
      Soviet foreign ministry describe how they just left the Sandinista
      revolution twisting in the wind by denying Nicaragua desperately-needed
      military aid, in order not to "provoke" Reagan, is also VERY much worth
      reading, among other things to get a better feel for Cuba's true
      revolutionary mettle, its unflinching, principled internationalism and
      solidarity with other peoples fighting for their liberation.

      It is true that circumstances have changed, Cuba no longer has the
      possibility to do some of the things it did before, when the world
      correlation of forces was quite different. But what Cuba is doing today, by
      continuing to build socialism and defend the interests of the oppressed and
      exploited --as shown just in the past day or so by their proclamation of
      solidarity with the Palestinian people-- will, I believe, prove more
      important than anything it did in the past. For what Cuba has done since
      1990 is to show that even in THIS world, where U.S. imperialism thinks it is
      lord and master of the universe, what it so proudly proclaimed 40 years ago
      in the Second Declaration of Havana is still true:

      That the revolution is possible.

      That the people can make it.

      That no force on this earth can stop a people determined to win its
      liberation.

      It may have proved to be a much more difficult, more costly, more bloody
      battle that was envisaged then, but these things remain true nevertheless.

      José


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Walter Lippmann" <walterlx@...>
      To: "CubaNews" <CubaNews@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, March 31, 2002 10:51 AM
      Subject: [CubaNews] New Story of U.S. Role in Angolan War


      THE NEW YORK TIMES
      March 31, 2002
      From Old Files, a New Story of U.S. Role in Angolan War
      By HOWARD W. FRENCH

      In the summer of 1975, with the cold war raging and the
      memory of Saigon's fall terribly fresh, the United States
      sponsored a covert operation to prevent another Communist
      takeover, this time across the world, in Angola.

      The effort failed to keep a Marxist government from taking
      power but ushered in a long and chaotic civil war, involving
      American, Chinese and Russian interests, and Cuban and South
      African soldiers.

      Now, coinciding with the death last month of Washington's
      longtime rebel ally in Angola, Jonas Savimbi, a trove of
      recently declassified American documents seem to overturn
      conventional explanations of the war's origins.

      Historians and former diplomats who have studied the
      documents say they show conclusively that the United States
      intervened in Angola weeks before the arrival of any Cubans,
      not afterward as Washington claimed. Moreover, though a
      connection between Washington and South Africa, which was
      then ruled by a white government under the apartheid policy,
      was strongly denied at the time, the documents appear to
      demonstrate their broad collaboration.

      <snip>

      [there's enough volume on the list without repeating the entire post]
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