Steadfast Opposition to the U.S. Blockade of Cuba

November 3, 2014

For the 23rd time, the United Nations General Assembly has clearly and overwhelmingly pronounced in favor of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba. 

Washington’s blockade against Cuba flies in the face of world public opinion and it shows once again that it is both the Democrats and the Republicans which refuse to recognize the sovereign and inviolable right of Cuba to determine its own affairs, free of foreign intervention and pressure.  Obama openly declares that U.S. aims are to overthrow the Cuban government and change Cuba’s economic and social system.  

The UN General Assembly vote against the U.S. blockade of Cuba also reveals the hypocrisy of the U.S. government. The U.S. government routinely uses the UN Security Council as a vehicle through which it – along with the other big imperialist powers – can dictate the affairs of other countries while claiming to have the authority of international law and the UN. 

For over five decades following the Cuban revolution, the U.S. government has followed an aggressive foreign policy toward Cuba which has included direct military intervention, threats of nuclear annihilation (the Cuban Missile Crisis), and even assassination attempts on Fidel Castro organized by the CIA.

The economic blockade, first enacted in 1960, imposes a total ban on all food, medicine, equipment and raw materials from the U.S. The embargo was further tightened in 1992 by passage of the “Torricelli Bill” which, in a blatant violation of the sovereignty of other states, imposed sanctions against other countries that trade with Cuba. The “Helms-Burton” Act of 1996 not only extended such sanctions even more, but also openly proclaim that the U.S. aim is to overthrow the present economic and political system in Cuba.

Long before the birth of Fidel Castro, U.S. armies invaded and occupied Cuba and U.S. imperialism was robbing the wealth and exploiting the people of the country. Today, the illegal blockade and aggression against Cuba aims at restoring U.S. neo-colonial domination of the country.

But the world today is not the same as it was before the Cuban revolution.  The Cuban people have risen to their feet and are determined to defend their dignity and national independence. They have declared that the political and economic system of their country are not matters for the U.S. government to decide.

For 55 years, the Cuban people have not only resisted but defeated the aggression of U.S. imperialism. In the face of U.S. military invasions, overt and covert subversion, intense ideological and political pressure and an economic embargo, the people of Cuba have refused to bend their knee. They have continued along the path of their revolution, defending their national sovereignty and independence and determining for themselves their economic and political system.

The peoples of Latin America especially find inspiration in Cuba’s struggle to live free of the yoke of Yankee imperialism. So too, people from all walks of life in the U.S. have come out, again and again, in manifold ways to defend Cuba’s right to sovereignty and independence and to demand an end to the racist, anti-Cuba policy of the U.S. government.