Cuban President Raul Castro is expected to step down early next year in Cuba. Before you rejoice, you should know that the man tapped to replace him is First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel. He will be elected in a faux election and will be placed in power as the newly designated dictator of communist Cuba. He has already officially rejected US demands for Cuba to change its political and economic system. I would have expected nothing less from a groomed communist leader, with deep, deep ties to Russia.
Yesterday, Diaz-Canel gave a blistering speech that blasted US pressure on the Venezuelan government and threatened military intervention. He called it an effort to discredit the Cuban tourist industry. Right. What he means is it would throw a wrench in the communist alliance of countries in South America and would really, really tick off the Ruskies. Cuba cannot afford that and frankly, Russia will not stand for it. Diaz-Canel claims that this and other recent events in the region proved “imperialism can never be trusted, not even a tiny bit, never.”
Predictably, Diaz-Canel quoted Ernesto Che Guevara at a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary who had helped lead a Bolivian uprising modeled after Cuba’s. “Cuba will not make concessions to its sovereignty and independence, nor negotiate its principles or accept the imposition of conditions,” Diaz-Canel said. I’m sure this was in response to President Trump’s statement that sanctions would not be lifted until the Caribbean island restores democracy and capitalism. We have now also pulled out most of our diplomats after a sonic weapon was used on them in Cuba. My bet is that it was the Russians.
“The changes needed in Cuba will solely be carried out by the Cuban people,” Diaz-Canel said. Which is laughable because after all, it is a communist dictatorship. Raul Castro is now 86 and will be following his brother Fidel to hell where he so richly belongs before long. He is expected to step down next February. Diaz-Canel is 57 and is poised to become the first head of state since the early 1960s without Castro as a last name. But make no mistake, he will be heavily influenced, if not controlled, by the Castro family.
There are no direct elections in Cuba for national office. You wouldn’t expect there to be. After all, the citizens of Cuba don’t get a say on torture and iron-fisted communist control. Unlike President Obama, Trump seems to want to deal on a business level with the country. I’m not sure that will work either. He has threatened to tighten sanctions on Cuba, until a better ‘deal’ can be reached between our two countries. The only ‘deal’ that is possible with Cuba that isn’t submissive is war. They are a proxy for Russia and always have been.
The Trump administration has also booted out most of the Cuban diplomats from DC. Once again, over the sonic attacks on personnel in Havana. We have still not officially blamed Cuba for the attacks, but we know and they know that Cuba and Russia are behind them. A travel warning has been issued stating that American citizens might be targeted in Cuba if they visit there. We should cut off all tourism with Cuba… that should never have been allowed in the first place. It’s an insult to all those who fled brutal communism there to seek asylum in the US. And it condones imprisonment and torture of dissidents there.
“Some unnamed officials are propagating unusual nonsense without any evidence, with the perverse aim of discrediting the impeccable reputation of our country as a safe destination for foreign visitors, including from the United States,” Diaz-Canel said. Spoken like a lying commie. The other possibility of course is poison. That’s even worse.
Venezuela sent a cargo ship to Cuba this past week. It carried supplies to help the island rebuild after Hurricane Irma. And it came with a message from Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan president. “This modest help demonstrates our nations’ civic and military union,” it read. In return, Cuba supplies Venezuela with doctors and intelligence operatives. Russia has also invested heavily in Venezuela for their oil supplies. “Venezuela can always count on Cubans being in the front line of militant solidarity,” Raúl Castro, Cuba’s president, said recently.
For some reason, the US seems to think they can use diplomats to come between Cuba and Venezuela. That will not work and it is a fool’s errand. When Venezuela collapses, Cuba will step in with new leadership, probably dictated by Russia. If the US intervenes militarily, there will be war. Just about everyone out there is leaving out the factor of Russia in all of this, as well as China and Iran. They are all involved and they all hate the US and are preparing for war with us.