U.S. Continues to Attack Cuba, 53 Years After Airport Bombings

The following is reprinted from Granma International, April 17, 2014

This week, Cuba is recalling the bombing of its airports, ordered by the United States government 53 years ago, a prelude to the Bay of Pigs invasion which was defeated in record time on the sands of Playa Girón.

Commemorations are taking place amidst revelations about new types of aggression, conceptualized in a U.S. Special Forces manual describing non-conventional warfare.

The comparisons are not idle. In April of 1961, preparations for the invasion of Cuba were accompanied by a ferocious campaign of defamation and destabilization efforts, led by U.S. government agencies.

Broadcasters, newspapers and press agencies imposed a distorted view of life in Cuba and demonized leaders of the Revolution.

These are among the non-conventional warfare strategies described in a recently publicized U.S. Army Special Operations Forces training manual, TC 18-01.

One of the goals of these types of efforts is the fragmentation of society, to draw different sectors, especially youth, into opposition.

This was precisely the objective of the so-called Cuban Twitter, Zunzuneo, project, financed by the U.S. government via USAID (U.S. Aid to International Development), 2009-2012.

USAID contracted telecommunications companies and foreign banks to establish a text messaging platform in Cuba, meant to attract youth and promote dissatisfaction.

Associated Press revelations about the undercover ZunZuneo project have opened a Pandora’s box of questions about current U.S. efforts to undermine Cuba’s institutional order and overthrow the government.

Cuba remains a target of the U.S. government, just as it was in 1961. These subversive efforts will be resisted, as the Playa Girón invasion was, when U.S. imperialism suffered its first defeat in Latin America. (PL)