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Diplomatic Relations Between Cuba and the United States


Fidel Castro speaking in Havana, September 1960, a few months before U.S. broke diplomatic
relations with Cuba.

On days like these, in late December 1960, all of Cuba was preparing to face a U.S. military aggression. The revolutionary government was convinced that the shift of power from Eisenhower to Kennedy, which would occur in January, would give Washington the opportunity to attack and increasing information came of preparations in Florida and Central America to confirm this. In October I had completed my first military training, like many young Cubans, and in the new year we expected to be digging trenches around Havana.

On January 3, 1961, the U.S. announced the breaking of diplomatic relations. Now, on December 17, 54 years later, and after trying to liquidate the Cuban Revolution through all kinds of aggressive actions, including military invasions, commercial and financial blockades, sabotage, bombings and the application of all the evil plots conceived in the broad arsenal of the CIA, in which more or less 11 U.S. administrations were involved — the Obama administration has acknowledged the failure of this policy, and announced the decision to restore and normalize relations.

“In this way we have for over half a century been trying and we have failed. Let’s change it,” he said, with a clear pragmatism.

Obama is neither better nor worse than other presidents before him. He represents the same imperial interests, but 54 years of failure of the anti-Cuba policy was too much. Each year in the UN General Assembly the U.S. had to face the vote on a resolution against the blockade of Cuba, which forced it to stand alone, totally isolated, joined only by the Zionist state, facing opposition from 188-189 countries, including most of its own allies.

Its influence in Latin America had lost ground at the same time as Cuba enjoyed increasing prestige. In the last year it had chaired the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which includes neither the U.S. nor Canada; hosted a meeting of the ALBA Summit (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) and another Cuba-CARICOM Summit meeting. Successful Cuban foreign policy is also evidenced in Africa and it has acted as one of the main leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement. If the United States had insisted on the same outdated position of trying to maintain Cuba’s isolation preventing its participation in the Summit of the Americas, to be held in Panama this coming April, it would likely have caused the failure of this meeting, since the majority of countries in the region had announced they would not permit Cuba’s absence once again.

However, there should be no illusions or delusions; the politics of the empire maintains its own hegemonic interests. Now we see they are making the same mistakes with respect to Venezuela as they did in their anti-Cuba policy for over 50 years.

Of course, the history of relations between the U.S. and Cuba has its own peculiarities, and to understand it, one must go much further back than the past half century. Nor is it only an ideological confrontation. Its roots are found in the early nineteenth century when Washington’s leaders openly declared their interest that Cuba cease being a colony of Spain in order to incorporate it as another state of the Union. This interest has prevailed until today in most American politicians. They neither agree with nor accept Cuba’s independence.

When this changes and they understand and accept that Cuba would fight forever if necessary to maintain its independence, then there will be normal relations between the two countries. Has Obama understood this?

By – Ernesto Gómez Abascal, Alahednews, December 26, 2014