U.S. Imperialism Plans to Exact Revenge on the Cuban Workers and Peasants

July 5, 2015

Today, the U.S. is asserting itself as the world's only superpower not only by imposing military blackmail and waging full scale wars, but also by exercising its economic power against so-called “rogue regimes.” In Cuba, the Obama administration is following in the footsteps of previous administrations by relying on the dual tactics of military blackmail and economic blockade.

Last winter, shortly after Cuban President Raul Castro agreed to allow the U.S. to open an embassy in Cuba for the first time in over half a century, Obama announced that although diplomatic relations were being re-opened, the Helms-Burton law would remain untouched by his administration. Obama's defense of the blockade both “on principle” and according to the argument that provisions of the Helms-Burton law make it impossible for sanctions to be lifted against Cuba without an act of Congress – shows once again that the U.S. monopoly capitalist class has not and will not abandon its opposition to the sovereign rights of the Cuban people.  

This is not the first time the U.S. government has relied on doublespeak to advertise its colonial agenda as “defense of democracy.” All the war and fascism imposed on Latin America by U.S. imperialism has been carried out in the name of “freedom” and “democracy.”

The truth is that the genuine path to democracy for peoples in Latin America has been and will continue to be the path of struggle against U.S. imperialism – against its subversion, aggression, and support for internal reactionary regimes.

The colonial agenda of the U.S. monopoly capitalist class is reflected in U.S. laws which define U.S. relations with Cuba. The Helms-Burton law in particular, explicitly criminalizes Cuban foreign trade according to the logic that it is a violation of the “property rights of U.S. nationals” whose property was confiscated by the Cuban workers and peasants after the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Batista regime in 1959.

The Helms-Burton law also calls for “settlement of outstanding United States claims to confiscated property in Cuba.” In short U.S. imperialism aims at forcibly returning to the days when U.S. multinationals robbed the wealth and exploited the labor of the people of the country.  But U.S. imperialism will not be satisfied with “only” confiscating property and plundering the wealth of Cuba. The U.S. monopoly capitalist class is already drooling over the prospect of teaching the people of Cuba a lesson for the “crime” of inspiring people throughout Latin America and the world that they can break the stranglehold of U.S. colonialism and develop their independent, national life. For the “crime” of proving that it is possible to resist the blandishments of foreign capital and colonialism.  For the “crime” of proving that by taking the economic lifelines of the country into its own hands, even a small country can provide for the well-being of the people.  For the “crime” of daring to stand up against the blackmail, threats and bullying of U.S. imperialism and speaking out in defense of the rights of other countries and peoples who are fighting against U.S. aggression and dictate.

For the American people, the very touchstone of our commitment to genuine democracy is resolute, uncompromising struggle against any and all interference by the capitalist-imperialist government in Latin America. The touchstone of genuine American democracy, a vital part of opposition to the colonialism, racism and war program of “our own” government is to struggle to get U.S. imperialism out of Latin America, lock, stock and barrel!