Monday, January 17, 2022

CUBA and a Nuclear War Over Ukraine???

 

    Worldwide headlines appear to be obsessed with the prospect that Russia's President Putin and his Secretary of Defense Sergei Shoigu are about to go to War against President Biden and his Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin!!! WOW!! Russia and the United States are the two nations who each have enough nuclear missiles to wipe out the populations of the World!!!
    The extreme and powerful anti-Cuba media in the U. S. is eager to link Cuba to any potential War featuring Russia and the USA over Ukraine. For example, check this WASHINGTON POST "Opinion" piece about...uh..."Ukraine is Russia's Cuba."
    Headlines like the ones above flashing around the world report that Russia might deploy weapons in Cuba and Venezuela if the U. S. allows Ukraine to threaten Russia's border, such as prepping Ukraine to become a part of NATO.
The raging headlines, thus, thrust Cuban President Diaz-Canel in the middle of Russian President Biden's war over Ukraine, relating to Russia's supposed plan to weaponize Cuba and Venezuela prior to Russia's dangerous invasion of Ukraine. Counter Revolutionaries in the U. S. often claim that little Cuba speaks for much-larger Venezuela. But, regardless of what the headlines suggest, Diaz-Canel would not allow Russia to install nuclear weapons in Cuba. Two very important Cubans confirm that key fact.
   A very important Cuban, Salvador Valdes, massively impacts Diaz-Canel's decisions, and Valdes says: "Cuba didn't win the Revolution in 1959, survive the military attack of 1961, and the Missile Crisis of 1962 only to involve itself in a nuclear war between Russia and the United States in 2022. While we much want and need to survive the U. S. Blockade and one day be a trade partner with America, even if pushed to the brink by the expansion of the Blockade by both Trump and Biden, we must prioritize things like Food Production, the Pandemic, and the continuation of renewing the massive updating of buildings, including barrio dwellings."
    For sure, Salvador Valdes Mesa has the title of being Cuba's First Vice President but long before having that title he was a super-powerful decision-maker in Cuba. Above he is shown making a salient point this week on statewide Cuban television. The Cuban people listened, and so did President Diaz-Canel.
    In 2016  when President Barack Obama had the guts to not only visit Cuba but promise the Cuban people they "did not need to fear the United States," the first Cuban Obama asked to see and talk to was Salvador Valdes Mesa. Unfortunately, Obama remains the only one of the USA's 46 Presidents to have both the courage and integrity to treat Cubans on the island decently and humanely.
    The other ultra-powerful Cuban Vice President that President Diaz-Canel listens to without fail is Ines Maria Chapman. She says: "Miami and the U. S. media would like to put us in the middle of a Russian war with the United States. We, of course, will fight like Tigers to prevent that. Every generation since 1959 has battled ferociously like a mama lion protecting her babies to survive the Miami-Washington criminals trying to use the U. S. government and its military to regain Cuba as in the criminal days of Batista, Mafia, and the greedy U. S. businesses. In 2022 we are defeating or at least curbing the Pandemic with our own drugs and we are holding off the longest and most criminal blockade history has known. In 1959 the Revolution stated firmly that its two main objectives were free education through college and free healthcare from birth to death for everyone. They remain our two priorities, and the last thing we need is to get involved in someone's war in Ukraine."
    The article above was written by one of the Miami Herald's most vehement Counter Revolutionaries, Andres Oppenheimer. Like the rest of the U. S. media, the Miami Herald only seems to speak for and about Counter Revolutionaries. Every now and then, perhaps it would be more believable if it, at least once in a whileconsulted the 11 million everyday Cubans on the island...or even forthright Cuban leaders such as Salvador Valdes Mesa and Ines Maria Chapman.
     Incredibly, the U. S. media is totally obligated, it seems, to daily promote only negative stories about Cuba, the more negative the better. Yet, as shown above, the powerhouse CNBC Network actually reported loudly about "Cuba's extraordinary Covid vaccine success could provide the best hope for low-income countries."
     This modern train today is shown on its run to Camaguey and it illustrates how Cuba is greatly improving its rail and highway systems thanks to help from friends such as China, Vietnam, etc., and major businesses from Spain, Canada, Vietnam, etc. All those nations are major U. S. trading partners.

     Meanwhile, Cubans on the island -- like the ones shown above today -- are not thinking about being a part of a War involving Ukraine. The young well-educated and health-minded Cubans shown above are proof of their government's success with Covid vaccines and the strong emphasis the government is placing on improving their cities, including the barrios, while also stressing the island's vastly improved FOOD PRODUCTION.

         More and more Cuban land is being turned over to everyday Cubans who want to farm it and then have places to sell for profit what they don't need to use for their own families.
   And, yes, the rich but tropical soil in Cuba is more-and-more being irrigated as friendly nations such as Vietnam, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Canada, etc., have offered friendly help for such Cuban projects.
     Many Cubans, such as some of these university students, are getting involved in positive aspects of life on their blockaded but still potentially productive nation. They like the renewed entrepreneurship on the island, which includes the production and sale of food.
      Cuba is also busy trying to drastically improve its transit operations across the island, including its railway unit and bus system. Last week, Japan sent 100 new buses to Havana Harbor and Japan has agreed to continue to send 800 more buses in the next 5 years. Japan is a Democracy and has the 3rd strongest economy in the world, topped only by the U. S. and China. Not being stupid, Cuba likes having rich friendly friends such as Japan. And, not being stupid, Cuban would also like to be friendly friends with the nearby U. S., which might happen one day if sane leaders in both the U. S. and Cuba agree to shake hands and actually talk about it. In the 1950s the U. S. loved Batista's Cuba when rich Mafiosi and rich U. S. companies were partaking in the whole rape & robbery of the island. There are today many ultra-rich Cuban-Americans in Miami...such as Frank Del Rio...who would love to trade with their homeland of Cuba.
    Born in Havana, Frank Del Rio was the most highly paid executive in Miami when President Obama in 2016 allowed him to personally sail one of his great Norwegian Cruise Line ships to Havana from Miami loaded with tourists. At the front of his ship, Frank Del Rio burst into tears the moment when he sighted the Havana skyline coming into view. Presumably, post-Obama Frank Del Rio and many other Cuban-Americans have shed tears because of the U. S. Embargo/Blockade of Cuba.
     But to emerge from the shackles of a 6-decade+ Embargo to a friendly handshake will not happen soon...because some very rich and powerful people continue to reap fortunes as well as revenge from the status quo. So the Embargo that shames America & Democracy will continue to prevent any friendly handshakes between the two neighbors that are separated only by the Florida Straits and a Sea of Greed.
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