Believe it or not, the Bush regime has developed a plan to occupy
and rule Cuba, before or after Fidel Castro leaves office. It
is an Alice In Wonderland scheme, a dreamscape of the corporate
mind overlaid with fantasies of armchair reactionary warriors
and bitter Miami exiles.
The plan was concocted by something called the Commission for
Assistance to a Free Cuba – a “free” Cuba meaning one that is
overrun and occupied by the United States. The U.S. did that once
before, in 1898, interrupting a revolution against Spanish rule
with an invasion of U.S. troops. The Americans did not leave before
imposing a treaty on Cuba that gave the United States permanent
control of Guantanamo Bay. “Gitmo,” as it’s called in military
parlance, now epitomizes torture and state lawlessness – America’s
heritage in Cuba.
When the U.S. military left most of Cuba, its gangsters moved
in, creating a criminal’s paradise – another American gift to
the Cuban people. Lots of Cubans were involved in the colonization
of Cuba by Myer Lansky and other American criminals. They live
in Miami now. During the U.S. military occupation and later corporate
and criminal penetration of the island, American Jim Crow practices
flourished. Southern whites flooded Cuba, bringing with them their
peculiar American outlook on race. Segregation, American-style,
became Cuban practice. When Fidel Castro’s revolution triumphed,
half of Cuba’s white population left, unwilling to face the prospect
of a government that would include substantial numbers of black
and brown people. They wound up in Miami, which consequently earned
the distinction of having the most racist and reactionary Latino
population in the United States.
These dregs of the previous Cuban society are key to the Bush
regime’s plan for a new Cuba, following a U.S. invasion. The exiles
are to be the point men for privatization of Cuba’s economy.
In a proposal that would be laughable if it were not so profoundly
evil, the Bush regime plans to revamp Cuba’s health care system,
which is the envy of the developing world, an exporter of tens
of thousands of doctors and tons of medicine. Imagine – the United
States, which has no health care system worthy of name, has the
gall to propose a revamp of Cuban health care.
As I said, the Bush regime’s commission on Cuba is consumed by
fantasy, but when a superpower fantasizes, things gets serious.
The commission urges that funds be directed to Afro-Cubans, who
it believes are disaffected from the Cuban government. I have
been to Cuba, twice. In the cities of Santiago and Guantanamo,
the cradles of the 1878 revolution, the 1898 revolution, and the
revolution that triumphed on New Years Day, 1959, the populations
are Black, the governments are Black, and the communist party
is entirely Black. But the Bush men, in their wild fantasies,
would bring back the racist Miami exiles to establish a new regime
in Cuba, and somehow imagine that Black Cubans would be their
allies. These people are crazy. For Radio BC, I’m Glen Ford.