Kerry Uses “Human Rights” Jargon to Promote U.S. Neo-Colonial Aims in Cuba

August 19, 2015

The talk by both major political parties as well as the mass media and newspapers, etc., of a “new Cuba” does nothing to cover over the aggressive aims of U.S. imperialism.

In fact, during his August 14 speech at the flag raising ceremony at the former U.S. interest section in Havana, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an effort to clarify that he has nothing but condescension towards Cuban democracy. In his speech Kerry attacked Cuba's institutions as non-democratic and described Cuba as a place where the people are not yet “served by genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders, express their ideas, practice their faith.”

Kerry also promoted the chauvinist aims of the U.S. embargo by directly calling for the Cuban government to “remove restrictions that have been holding Cuba back.”

In short, Kerry's speech in Havana was used to declare the “moral superiority” of the “American way of life” – the “universal values” of the “free market” system. This American chauvinism is the official ideology of the U.S. capitalist ruling class. Of course the only “human rights” that Kerry is concerned with are the “rights” of the capitalists to exploit the peoples of the world and the “freedom” of the capitalist monopolies to dictate the political and social system of every country.

As in the past, the capitalist politicians of the Democratic party, just like those of the Republican party, are eager to set up U.S.-style political institutions and other civic organizations in Cuba. Today, U.S. imperialism is extending its system of economic domination and superexploitation of other countries. Under the signboard of “globalization” U.S. imperialism is demanding that every country accept the dictates of the international monopolies and bankers, that every country submit to the so-called “free market system” and open its economy up to unfettered exploitation by the U.S. multinational corporations.

The aim of U.S. imperialism is to reverse the verdicts of the Cuban revolution and return to the days of Batista's Cuba when neo-colonialism reigned. Under neo-colonialism the imperialist powers recognize the formal sovereignty and independence of countries, allowing them to fly their own flag, but maintain governments in which the rulers are from the nationality of the particular country. At the same time the political, economic and military power remains in the hands of the U.S. and other foreign imperialists.

Imperialism resorts to the tactic of neo-colonialism precisely because of world-wide opposition among the people to colonialism.

American people openly reject or are profoundly skeptical of the government's motives on every international front because they have learned from long experience – from the history of U.S. intervention in Central and Latin America, from Vietnam, from the war in Afghanistan, from the continuous support of U.S. imperialism for the most notorious fascist and dictatorial regimes – that the foreign policy of the U.S. government is not motivated by “democracy” or “human rights” but by the economic and strategic interests of the big monopolies.