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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 took place.

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 survivors.

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 the lawsuit.

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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