Cuba has been removed from the list of terrorist sponsoring nations, where it has resided for 33 years. Raul Castro demanded removal from the terror list as a condition for resumption of diplomatic relations. Have they done anything to warrant removal from the list? Not that you might notice.
While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a state sponsor of terrorism designation,” the State Department said in a statement.
The list, which also includes Syria, Iran and Sudan, is reserved for nations that repeatedly provide support for international acts of premeditated, politically motivated violence against non-combatants.
The problem seems to be that Cuba is too broke to afford to support terrorism around Latin America as they once did. Resumed tourism will bolster Cuba’s ability to spread their influence. Investors reports that a Chinese-flagged ship called the Da Dan Xia is moored off Cartagena, Colombia after being detained by Colombian authorities in late February, They found 3,000 artillery shells, about 100 tons of explosives, 99 projectiles and 2.6 million detonators bound for Cuba on the vessel.
Raul Castro said that Cuba has no intention of changing its actions. It remains a Communist dictatorship, and its people get to live on $20 a month plus food rations. Liberals,according to Twitter, are excited about going to Cuba to see the charming crumbling buildings and ancient cars. That the people have been essentially prisoners for 33 years doesn’t penetrate the liberal mind. They are concerned about getting there before the charm is ruined by McDonalds and Starbucks. That people have died trying to escape doesn’t penetrate the liberal mind either.
The mysterious death of Ladies In White dissident Laura Pollan in a Havana hospital a week after she was attacked by a Castroite mob with some sort of poison handkerchief is highly suspicious. Even more suspicious is the mysterious car crash that took the life of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya.
A former Cuban bodyguard of Fidel Castro who published an expose this month identifying Castro as a drug dealer suddenly died from a “pulmonary ailment.” Is it wrong to think an investigation is warranted before Cuba is cleared of being a terror state?
Obama is lifting the terror designation for political reasons, not for reasons of security. What he thinks he is gaining remains a mystery. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said the United States has done nothing except grant concessions to Cuba, making no demands on the Castro Regime. I guess Obama thinks this is an accomplishment.
Daniel Pipes explained:
As a man of the Left, Obama sees the United States historically as having exerted a malign influence on the outside world. Greedy corporations, an overly powerful military-industrial complex, a yahoo nationalism, engrained racism, and cultural imperialism combined to render America, on balance, a force for evil.
The Obama Doctrine is simple and universal: Warm relations with adversaries and cool them with friends.
Several assumptions underlie this approach: The U.S. government morally must compensate for its prior errors. Smiling at hostile states will inspire them to reciprocate. Using force creates more problems than it solves.
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