10/25/13 - Havana Times - Cuba Will Not Give In to Any Blockade
Elio Delgado Legon
UN General Assembly. Photo: un.org
HAVANA TIMES On October 29, the resolution titled The Need to Put an
End to the Economic, Commercial and Financial Blockade Imposed on Cuba by
the United States of America will be subjected to a voting process at the
UN General Assembly.
Though Cuba has submitted this resolution on 21 previous occasions and
has secured nearly unanimous support from the Assemblys member states,
the blockade remains in place and as intransigent as ever.
In its introduction, the report Cuba has submitted to the General Assembly
for the purposes of illustrating the situation created by this unilateral
measure against the island states the following:
Its declared aim, the political, legal and administrative framework that
sustains it, make the blockade an act of genocide under the Convention for
the Prevention and Sanction of the Crime of Genocide of 1948, as well as
an act of economic war, in conformity with the declaration related to
maritime warfare adopted by the 1909 London Naval Conference. The blockade
imposed on Cuba is the most unjust, severe and protracted series of
unilateral sanctions that has ever been applied on any one country.
As a result of the strict and aggressive application of the laws and
norms that comprise the blockade, Cuba continues to be denied the right to
freely export and import products and services to and from the United
States, to use the United States dollar in its international financial
transactions or to hold bank accounts in this currency in the banks of
third countries. Cuba is also denied access to loans issued by US banks,
its branches in third countries and international financial institutions
such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
elioThe notorious enemies of the Cuban revolution, most of them paid by
the United States, do not get tired of insisting that Cuba uses the
blockade as a pretext to conceal the inefficiency of its system. However,
none of them advocates depriving Cuba of this pretext so that the whole
world can see just how inefficient Cuban socialism is.
I wont quote many figures, I will limit myself to pointing out that, in
the course of more than fifty years of blockade, Cuba has lost more than a
trillion dollars. The most irritating thing of all, that which makes the
blockade even more ethically and morally reprehensible, is the fact Cuba
is denied the possibility of purchasing medication and medical equipment
needed to save lives (particularly children with cancer) from the United
States, that it is forced to use intermediaries in order to acquire them,
in transactions that are more costly and slower, to the detriment of the
health of these individuals.
That fact alone could well be considered an act of genocide, which is
punishable under international humanitarian law.
In addition, blockade measures and prohibitions deprive the people of the
United States themselves of the possibility of acquiring medications
produced exclusively by Cuba, such as Heberprot-P, which can be used to
prevent the amputation of diabetic feet, and other drugs developed by
Cubas biotechnology industry which could save many lives.
The blockade also denies the people of the United States the right to
travel freely, and to Cuba per se, something which is in violation of the
American constitution. The people of the United States are similarly
denied the right to enjoy Cuban rums and cigars, which are the finest in
I have mentioned only a miniscule part of the consequences of the blockade
imposed on Cuba, which affects all of the countrys sectors, as Cuba is an
underdeveloped country without large reserves of natural resources with
which it can cover excessive costs.
That said, Cuba struggles to develop against all odds and very much in
spite of those who delude themselves that the Cuban revolution will give
in to the United States economic pressures.
As everyone knows, the declared aim of the blockade is to bring about so
much hunger, disease and despair among Cubans that the people will revolt
against the revolutionary government. The Cuban people, however, arent
stupid and know perfectly well who is responsible for their plight.
In addition to the blockade, the United States has made use (through the
CIA) of all kinds of aggression, including terrorist attacks which have
caused the deaths of thousands of people, as well as the introduction of
hemorrhagic dengue fever, which caused the deaths of more than one hundred
children and hundreds of adults.
It has introduced African porcine fever (which decimated the countrys pig
population and forced the livestock industry to start production from
scratch), and different plagues aimed at destroying harvests, citrus,
sugar cane and tobacco plantations In short, it has done everything in
its power to fulfill its aims. The one thing it didnt count on was the
Cuban peoples spirit of resistance and its fidelity to the revolution,
which will not give in to any kind of blockade.
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