By Rolando Larraz
Cuba has been suffering tyranny much longer than Venezuela, Mr. President
Sixty-one years ago Cuba was the most prosperous, wealthy and free beautiful island in the Caribbean and all of Latin America, Cuban
money was worth one cent more than the American dollar; the relationship between the United States and Cuba, politically, diplomatically, socially, economically, culturally, artistically and in many other ways, was the best; Cuba was considered a friend, a supporter, and an ally of the United States, but the American political machine broke all the rules and decided to turn against all odds and start helping the rebels leading the war against democracy by a man named Fidel Castro Ruz.
After Sixty years of communist regime, which has continued to keep Cuba impaired, and eleven American presidents who have served their country and yet not one of them have moved a finger to help liberate the island that once was an allied nation of the United States begs the question of why.
Is the United States afraid to upset the communist regime of Cuba? Either that or there is nothing in the old island that is of interest
to the American presidents to benefit them and their political career.
No raw sugar, no sugarcane, fuels, nickel, coffee, cigars; no longer gaming or tourism and pharmaceutics, beside the partnerships with the electric and telephone companies.
In November 1956 Castro set sail from Tuxpan, Veracruz, with 81 revolutionaries armed with 90 rifles, three machine guns, around 40
pistols, and two hand-held anti-tank guns. The 1,200-mile crossing to Cuba was harsh, and in the overcrowded conditions of the ship, many suffered seasickness, and food supplies ran low.
After Castro had been in the Sierra Maestra for several months, United States started helping the Castro rebels by sending ammunition, arms and other merchandise by the Guantanamo Base, betraying the country that had been its ally for many years; the same Guantanamo Base that now the Castro regime wants to take away from the US, breaking the agreement they have had for many years.
Instead of fighting the communism in Cuba, as they are doing today in Venezuela, the United States under socialist Barrack Obama went there to bow to the communist regime and gave them everything they wanted in return for nothing.
Where has Senator Marco Rubio been all these years of dictatorship and the killing masses of anti-government in Cuba? He is not excused because his wife is Colombian and the new government of Colombia is seriously helping to end the Hugo Chavez communism.
The United States is well aware that all the military expertise in Venezuela is made up of Cuban soldiers and intelligence personnel, as
long as Cuban terrorists are in and out of Venezuela, communist strong man Maduro will be protected and will continue in power.
One decade more than a half of a century the Cuban people have been suffering terror and political abuse and unfairness, as well as
unhealthy and inhuman treatment and dramatic political imprisonment and no one has done a single thing to remove the communist regime imposed by the evil Castro family.
History almost repeats itself when the United States, as it did with the government of Cuba, stabs another ally in the back and attacks the six-year-old alleged dictatorship of Manuel Noriega in Panama. Noriega worked with U.S. intelligence agencies. Noriega was one of the Central Intelligence Agency’s most valued intelligence sources, as well as one of the primary conduits for illicit weapons, military
equipment and cash destined for U.S.-backed counter-insurgency forces throughout Latin America.
The U.S. also regarded Noriega as an ally in its War on Drugs, despite Noriega himself supposedly having amassed a personal fortune through drug trafficking operations. Though his U.S. intelligence handlers were aware of this, it was allowed because of his usefulness to the U.S.
Noriega’s relationship with the U.S. intelligence services was regularized during the 1970s, he met on December 1976 with George H.
W. Bush, then the director of Central Intelligence, when he was on the CIA payroll; the CIA made its first regular payment to him in 1971. Previously he had been paid on a case-by-case basis.
The record shows that the CIA had valued him as an asset since the 1970s because he was willing to provide information about the Cuban government, and later about the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
On some occasions, U.S. intelligence agents would use the Panamanian embassy in Managua. Noriega was given access to CIA contingency funds, which he was supposed to use to improve his intelligence programs, but which he could spend with little accountability. The payments were as high as U.S. $100,000 in some years.
Many believe that a disagreement with Gorge H.W. Bush while director of Central Intelligence influenced a later attack on Panama that resulted in the kidnapping of President Manuel Noriega in retaliation for such disagreement.
While the Venezuela issue, the Maduro communist behavior and the Cuban armed forces controlling Venezuela are all very good reasons for the United States to get so deeply involved in the Venezuela tragedy, it begs the question: why not Cuba? Why are Senator Marco Rubio and his Colombian wife interested in Venezuela? Is it the extermination of the communist regime in Venezuela or the Venezuelan oil?
During the Primary Election of 2005, the Florida office of Senator Marco Rubio complained to Federal Bureau of Investigation that this writer had threatened the Senator’s life and the Las Vegas office of the FBI responded promptly; Special Agent Henry W. Schlumpf met with this writer in the offices of Las Vegas Tribune newspaper and proved that all this writer wanted was to invite the Senator for an interview on his radio show Face The Tribune during Senator Rubio’s failed presidential run while visiting the Las Vegas area and the school Rubio attended while living in Las Vegas.
Neither the radio station, the newspaper nor this writer realized how sensitive the Senator’s office was or how scared to interact with the community Senator Rubio was. Special Agent Schlumpf seemed to be satisfied with the proof presented and supposedly closed the case.
The end of communism in Venezuela has to end with the extirpation of the Cuban poisoned communism that has been exported to the suffering country of Venezuela.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.