Also don’t forget what Raúl Castro said in regards to its renewed ties to America not changing a thing about how the Communist nation is run.
Likening the United States and Cuba to long-estranged brothers struggling to reconnect, President Obama said in his televised address: “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas. I have come here to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.”
President Obama affirmed throughout his speech that the U.S. and Cuba have nothing to fear from each other! He said:
Cuba has a one-party system; the United States is a multi-party democracy. Cuba has a socialist economic model; the United States is an open market. Cuba has emphasized the role and rights of the state; the United States is founded upon the rights of the individual. Despite these differences, on December 17, 2014, President Castro and I announced that the United States and Cuba would begin a process to normalize relations between our countries. … From the beginning of my time in office, I’ve urged the people of the Americas to leave behind the ideological battles of the past. We are in a new era.
Before Americans “leave behind the ideological battles of the past,” however, it might be prudent to ask whether the Cuban regime has actually changed.
- In 2011, Cuban officials allowed the Iran-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah to set up an operational base in Cuba, according to intelligence reports received by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
- In 2013, Panama authorities seized a ship carrying “undeclared weapons of war” from Cuba to the North Korean dictatorship of Kim Jung-un in violation of a United Nations resolution against arms trafficking.
- In 2014, Fox News reported: “Cuban military operatives reportedly have been spotted in Syria, where sources believe they are advising President Bashar Assad’s soldiers and may be preparing to man Russian-made tanks to aid Damascus in fighting rebel forces backed by the U.S.”
- To this day, convicted police killer and militant Black Panther activist Assata Shakur receives political asylum in Communist Cuba despite being on the fbi most-wanted list.
The Castro regime in Cuba has a half century of history of collaborating with Russia, Iran, Syria, North Korea and a myriad of authoritarian regimes that seek the downfall of America. Along with President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, the thawing of relations with Cuba will likely be remembered as one of the premiere diplomatic feats of his presidency! ▪
Full article: Can Americans Finally Trust Communist Cuba? (The Trumpet)