For Immediate Release
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Should the U.S. be on Cuba’s State Terrorism List?
WASHINGTON - USA Today states in “Obama’s next Cuba step: The state terrorism list” that “President Obama held an historic meeting Saturday with Cuban counterpart Raul Castro, but held off on a major announcement: Whether to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.”
KEITH BOLENDER, bolodive at gmail.com
Bolender is a freelance journalist and author of Voices From the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism Against Cuba (Pluto Press 2010). He said today, “President Obama is soon to announce the removal of Cuba from the State Department list of states that sponsor terrorism, a designation that has long been opposed by the Castro government for its hypocrisy based on the long history of terrorism the United States has supported against Cuba. The Cuban side has claimed more than 3,000 of its citizens have been victimized by acts of terrorism dating back to the 1960s, conducted in the majority by violent anti-revolutionary Cuban-American organizations based in Florida, often with the backing of the American government. Acts include the destruction of Cubana Airlines flight 455 in 1976, resulting in the deaths of all 72 on board, as well as the bombing campaign against Cuban tourist facilities in 1997. Cuban-American Luis Posada Carriles, the acknowledged mastermind of the Cubana Airlines and tourist bombings, continues to reside in Miami, despite requests for his extradition to Havana. Other acts of terrorism against Cuban civilian targets include the torture and killing of Cuban students for teaching adults to read and write during the Literacy Campaign in 1961; the introduction of biological germs such as Dengue 2 that resulted in the death of more than 100 children; attacks on small villages and the psychological terror program known as Operation Peter Pan that convinced thousands of Cuban parents to send their children out of country.”
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