Cuba's case against Washington
"Washington on Trial: The People of Cuba vs. The
United States Government," Ocean Press, 1999,
$4.95, 44 pages
By Nick Wood
On May 31, the Republic of Cuba filed a $181.1 billion
lawsuit against the United States government. This lawsuit,
filed on behalf of the Cuban people, seeks compensation for the
loss of life and human injury as a result of the war crimes
perpetrated by Washington against Cuba. A new book titled
"Washington on Trial: The People of Cuba vs. The United States
Government" brings this historic claim to light.
The lawsuit maintains--with well-documented proof--that
since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in January 1959,
Washington has engaged in hostile political, military and in
some cases biological actions aimed at disrupting if not
destroying Cuba's socialist system of government.
Although the lawsuit doesn't actively claim psychological
and devastating economic effects, it nonetheless exposes the
covert and overt 40-year dirty war the United States has waged
against the island's government and people--a war that
Washington continues to be meticulous about in terms of
planning and tactics.
Almost immediately after the victory of the courageous Cuban
Revolution over the U.S-backed dictator, Fulgencio Batista, a
secret plan of war against the island nation was conceived. In
the month of October 1959 alone, four aerial acts of violation
These included dropping two incendiary bombs on the Niagra
sugar mill. In addition, an aircraft machine-gunned the city of
Havana, killing several people and injuring dozens. The attack
took place while another aircraft air-dropped propaganda
opposing the new revolutionary government.
On March 17, 1960, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower
approved the "Program of Covert Actions Against Cuba"--a plan
proposed by the CIA. Watergate rat and rabid anti-communist
Vice President Richard Nixon was also in attendance when this
plan of aggression was declared.
Cuba's lawsuit declares that for over 40 years, "terrorism
has been permanently used by the U.S. as an instrument of its
foreign policy against Cuba," and it "became more systematic as
a result of the covert action program."
One of the most common methods of terrorism used against
Cuba was sabotage or destruction of civilian targets outside
the country. On Oct. 6, 1976, a Cubana airplane carrying 73
people on board was blown up in mid-flight 10 minutes after
leaving the international airport in Barbados. There were no
Most of the passengers were Cuban, but there were also young
people from Guyana who had chosen to study medicine in Cuba.
Others on board included citizens of the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea.
The two terrorists responsible for this heinous crime
belonged to an organization called Coordination Committee of
United Revolutionary Organizations, "which emerged from the
CIA-ordered unification of the main groups that had until then
been acting under different names from U.S. territory," states
There are many other facts like this detailed in the book.
It shows why the lawsuit filed by the Republic of Cuba should
be embraced by every progressive and true seeker of justice as
if it was their own struggle.
Untold millions of dollars have been wasted on a senseless
and cruel war against a tiny island whose only crime is that it
puts its people's needs first. This money spent on aggression
and counter-revolution has been spent at the expense of
much-needed human rights right here at home, things like
housing, education and health care.
Read this important book.
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