The Caribbean, like the Latin Americas, has been affected by the cancerous effect of Cuban Marxist-Leninist indoctrination.
The Cubans for many decades have tried to convert the whole of the Americas and the Caribbean to their very nasty political system. Training foreign terrorists in both Cuba and on their home soils, they just renamed the terrorists ‘freedom fighters’, supplying them with arms, ammunition and technical knowhow.
Terrorism can be defined as political action employing extraordinarily violent means to achieve the mostly psychological effect of intimidation and demoralization of a nation’s government and its populace. Terrorism is a weapon of the weak, used by groups and individuals who have little conventional military power.
Castro’s Cuba was little more than a puppet of the Russian USSR, starting when Castro asked for help from the Soviets and, in response, Khrushchev approved the temporary purchase of Cuban sugar. After the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Soviet Union after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Cuba became increasingly dependent on Soviet markets and military aid, becoming a willing ally of the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The Russians now had a foothold and a partner in the USA’s backyard, the Caribbean and Latin Americas.
Khrushchev approved the temporary purchase of Cuban sugar in exchange for Soviet fuel. This deal was to play a part in sustaining the Cuban economy for many years to come. Following the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961, Fidel Castro announced publicly that Cuba was to become a socialist republic. Khrushchev sent congratulations to Castro for repelling the invasion but privately believed the Americans would soon bring the weight of their regular army to bear. The defence of Cuba became a matter of prestige for the Soviet Union, and Khrushchev believed that the US would block all access to the island whether by sea or air.
Khrushchev agreed on a deployment plan in May 1962, chiefly in response to NATO positioning their nuclear missiles in Turkey in 1958, and by late July over 60 Soviet ships were en route to Cuba, some of them already carrying military material. A US U-2 flight on the morning of October 14 photographed a series of SAM (surface-to-air missile) sites being constructed.
In a televised address on October 22, US President John F. Kennedy announced the discovery of the installations and proclaimed that any nuclear missile attack from Cuba would be regarded as an attack by the Soviet Union and would be responded to accordingly. Khrushchev sent letters to Kennedy on October 23 and 24 claiming the deterrent nature of the missiles in Cuba and the peaceful intentions of the Soviet Union.
On October 26, the Soviets offered to withdraw the missiles in return for a US guarantee not to invade Cuba or support any invasion and to remove all missiles set in southern Italy and Turkey. This deal was accepted, and the crisis abated.
The missile crisis had a significant impact on the countries involved. While it led to a thaw in US-Soviet relations, it further strained Cuban-Soviet relations. Castro was not consulted throughout the Kennedy-Khrushchev negotiations and was angered by the unilateral Soviet withdrawal of the missiles and bombers. The People’s Republic of China likewise expressed concern about the outcome.
In 1972, Cuba joined the COMECON, an economic organization of states designed to create cooperation among the socialist planned economies dominated by the massive economy of the Soviet Union. Moscow kept in regular contact with Havana, sharing varying close relations until the collapse of the bloc in 1991. After the demise of the Soviet Union, Cuba entered an era of economic hardship known as the Special Period in Time of Peace.
The Cubans were deeply involved in international conflicts in Nicaragua and Angola on behalf of Russia. Cuba was fighting wars on behalf of Russia as their nominees, the Russians hoping that Cuba would mask the fact that these were Russian interventions and wars.
The Russians needed a foothold in the countries of the Eastern Caribbean group of islands and through Cuba, once again acting as the Russians nominees and front-man organization. The Cubans already had a man that they had long been training since his introduction in London to the Cubans by the Russians. That man at the time was studying and working in London and was a member of the British Communist Party, his name was Maurice Bishop, a newly passed lawyer, a man eager to serve communism and the Cubans, a man who later with the help of the Cubans became the revolutionary leader of his homeland Caribbean island of Grenada. Bishop attracted all the Marxist and communist scum from the other Caribbean islands, Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines among them.
After the fall of communism and the Soviet Union, Cuba maintained and built up relationships with other Latin American neighbours and non-aligned countries, as the only Marxist nation within the Western Hemisphere they went to work seriously to try and convert whomever they could to their Marxist-Leninist doctrine. With no financial help now from Russia, they had been for years indoctrinating and training selected receptive young students from the Americas and the Caribbean islands attending universities in Cuba.
Chile: Cuba contributed significantly to the erosion of Chile’s democratic institutions under Salvador Allende.
El Salvador’s elections: Cuban trained and supported guerrillas and terrorists attempted to wreck the March 20, 1988, legislative and mayoral elections with the bomb and the bullet, just as they had six years earlier when Salvadorans went to the polls in that country’s first free election.
Panama: In the same month, planeloads of Cuban arms was flown into the country. This development was fraught with peril to Panamanians and Americans. The arms were apparently cached in secret locations around the country.
They also wanted to overthrow the democratic leader Jose Napoleon Duarte of El Salvador.
Venezuela: The Cubans supplied trained terrorists to try and overthrow the democratic leader Romulo Betancourt.
Dominican Republic: The Cubans supplied trained terrorists to try and overthrow the military dictatorship of General Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic.
The Cubans knew the outbreak of even low-level terrorism in a country unused to serious violence could destabilize an already fragile, strategically vital nation even more.
The Castro regime is responsible for decades of sponsoring terrorism around and in the Americas and the Caribbean. Castro’s targets for subversion and terrorism had certainly been Venezuela and its leader Romulo Betancourt. So when Hugo Chavez came to power via a military coup, Fidel Castro could not believe his luck. It got better because the first thing Chavez did was to make contact with the Castro regime and ask for help
Today, the Cubans are still at it, but they have learned that violent terrorism does not work and is a slow process starting at the roots of the societies they wish to influence. They discovered as early as the 1980s that it was better to start at the head and work their way down than start at the root and try and grow heavy foliage. So no terrorists hiding in the jungles and isolated villages or, at the other end of the scale, no tanks on the streets either. No murders of politicians, merely a quiet, and soft velvet revolution and the capture of the minds of the ignorant and control of the recipient countries by a more scientific method of command starting with the heads. Almost all the ALBA heads of state are in those positions by Cuban intervention, or self worship of the Cuban system.
Cuban cancer eventually spread to Venezuela when their leader Hugo Chavez sold their sovereignty to Cuba, on the understanding that Cuba and Venezuela would become one state ‘The Bolivarian State of Cubzuela’. Fidel and his brother were nearing the end of their lives, and Fidel promised Chavez that he would be the president of Cubzuela. Fidel Castro was a very clever old man with a lawyer trained background and moulded the almost childlike Chavez like putty; Chavez was a mile behind in intelligence.
Castro’s Cuban think-tank invented a new method of initial alliance and called it ALBA. A name that captured the politically immature mind of Hugo Chavez who was now well and truly hooked, a Castro pez. When it was launched, ALBA had only two member states, Venezuela and Cuba. The idea was hatched by Fidel Castro and sold to Hugo Chavez. The overall plan was to capture the Latin Americas and Caribbean island governments and people without using Cuba’s usual route of training terrorists and causing guerrilla warfare to try and bring about revolution.
Cuba is a known Marxist-Leninist style communist state, and that is what Chavez had by now introduced to Venezuela. Castro and Chavez went about forming the Bolivarian Alliance (Alianza Bolivariana para Los Pueblos de Nuestra América) or ALBA organization. Unlike the previous Marxist-Leninist style of communism, the economic model espoused by ALBA is based loosely on a Trotskyite version of communism outlined by the Mexican academic Heinz Dieterich (who wrote the book on 21st century socialism).
ALBA is an explicitly anti-capitalist group. Five “socialist” Latin American nations –Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador and Cuba – with Suriname, admitted to ALBA as a guest. The supporting institution of this movement,. The Caribbean countries that are also members of ALBA are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts, and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Fidel Castro was disappointed when Hugo Chavez died, but all democracies in the hemisphere cheered when he died and also again later when Fidel Castro, fortunately, died as well. Providentially for Castro before he died he saw the Latin Americas’ chief scumbag, Nicolas Maduro, a Cuban university trained Marxist-Leninist communist take the Venezuelan dictatorship and commence to drive out all the upper and middle class citizens, hopefully on their part leaving Venezuela with just a peasant class, the same is happening in a smaller way in all ALBA member countries [including St Vincent and the Grenadines].
However, things have not gone well with the Venezuelan revolution; the Cubans had to send in their special forces, the ‘Black Wasps’, to snipe and kill rioting students. So after Cuba had sucked out vast volumes of below-cost oil from Venezuela, the Cubzuela option was taken off the table. It merely became a nonstarter on the death of Hugo Chavez, which was further compounded by the death of Fidel Castro.
Many of the Caribbean islands governorships had come from the democratic democracy loving United Kingdom. However, Cuba intended to change all that.
The current threats to democracy are well-camouflaged, despite no more tanks in the streets or rebel armies threatening to seize power, or insurgents and terrorism. Instead, Cuban influenced elected leaders are taking office and steadily eroding democratic freedoms, erasing the separation of powers, turning the judiciary into an arm of the executive and securing an unquestioning rubber stamp in the legislature.
The newly elected autocrats, in countries like Venezuela, are extending their terms of office, undercutting political discourse and benefiting from entrenched corruption. That corruption is both a cause and an effect of the undemocratic wave. In the face of vast numbers of sitting presidents and vice presidents and even prime ministers and other politicians across the region found to have taken bribes, along with the parade of former heads of state indicted and convicted, many Caribbean and Latin Americans are losing faith in the system. In every Caribbean and Latin American country, less than one-third of respondents said things are getting better.
Electoral fraud, sometimes referred to as election manipulation or vote rigging, is illegal interference with the process of an election, either by increasing the vote share of the favoured candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both. In the ALBA countries, every election is rigged. St Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela are good exhibits, but they are all at it. The Cuban training school for vote rigging has trained election officials, politicians and police officers in how to rig the voting system in their own countries.
It is undeniable that, with the current march towards totalitarian states and communism by the rulers and leaders and particularly by ALBA member countries such as St Vincent and the Grenadines and the Gonsalves dynasty, things look bleak for struggling people whose lot has got worse by the minute. Of course, it is many times worse in Venezuela. However, it’s a common trait throughout the ALBA membership.
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