By Nestor Nuñez/ACN
Cuba denounced in Geneva at the United Nations Organization’s Economic and Social Council, the seizure of funds by the United States that ware allocated by global entities to support the struggle of Cuba against the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), malaria and tuberculosis.
It is 4.207 million U.S. dollars provided by the Global Fund to fight against these three diseases that were seized by U.S. authorities on account of the extraterritorial provisions included in the blockade against Cuba, which has alreadylasted five decades.
This action is added to the official U.S. policy which prevents our country from operating its accounts in the US currency or to have the least access to credit from financial institutions controlled by the first global power.
Such an act is not only a policy of economic asphyxiation, but a event of deliberate genocide against the Cuban people trying to deprive it of drugs, food and other vital items.
No wonder the international community has reiterated within the UN General Assembly, the urgency for Washington to end this murderous practice against its small Southern neighbor, which despite everything, exhibits success in public health, among other fields where stands as a global benchmark.
However, arrogance and duplicity of the reactionary forces within the United States does not give an inch in the case of the blockade against Cuba.
While “humanitarian” arguments are used to invade and bomb nations across the globe, trying to kill by hunger, neglect and deprivation a country, 70 percent of whose population has not known anything in their life that the constraints and rigors of blockade.
A nation, for example, whose children cancer patients are deprived of the preparations needed to prolong their lives, because they can not be purchased in the United States.
Cuba has been also attacked with deadly viruses and bacteria from American soil, like that caused the epidemic of the dengue hemorrhagic fever in 1981, which killed within a few weeks 158 citizens, 101 of them children.
Or much earlier, in the 70's, a bacteriological attack almost dismantled the Cuban pork production with the poisonous swine fever crisis designed to cause havoc in our sources of food in those difficult years.
The United States of America has used blockades as offensive weapon against those governments that are not of its liking. History shows us many examples.
The one that started on February, 1962 was not the first they used against Cuba since at the end of the XIX century the Cuban people had to suffer from its deadly consequences.
In 1898, after the colonial government of Valeriano Weyler Nicolau, the Cuban population attempted to recovery from the shortages inflicted by the genocide re-concentration policy dictated by the Spanish General on October 21st, 1896 in an attempt to stop the population´s support to the members of the Liberation Army.
It was in April of 1898, the last year of the Cuban war for its independence against the Spanish colonialism, that the then US president William McKinley, decreed a naval blockade against Havana, Cienfuegos, Cardenas and other cities.
At this moment, the material shortages on the island began to be felt by the population, especially in the rural areas which were worsened by the cruel Weyler policy.
The 200 000 people that died on the island were not only inflicted by the re-concentration but also by the cruel US blockade at the time.
After the years, such measure was used by Washington against Vietnam after April 30, 1975 that marked the end of the bloody war in that Asian nation.
A similar recipe was used againat Iraq after Operation Desert Storm in 1991 when hundreds of tanks led by General H. Normal Schwarzkopf reached the doors of Bagdad.
With the pretext of punishing and making Saddam Hussein fall, the US decreed a blockade that inflicted in the death of hundreds of the civilian population, mainly children and elderly.
After the just revolutionary measures of the nationalization of US companies in 1959 and 1960, the White House announced similar measures against Cuba on October 21, 1960.
Such measures of aggression and crime continue, broadened and upgraded by the Torricelli and Helms-Burton Laws signed in 1992 and 1996 respectively.
This illegal and extraterritorial method continues intact despite the unanimous demands against such laws of the international community at the UN General Assembly.
This genocide, applied against Cuba and in other latitudes has one objective: to deprive the population of food and medicine, avoid the Cuban State access to finance al credits and make it difficult to trade with other nations.
Successive US administrations never cared if the Cuban population was affected by their actions.
In all case, the minds of presidential advisors, think tanks and other designers of such a policy are ticketed as “collateral causalities” and even “necessary”.
By Tay Toscano Jerez / Radio Cadena Agramonte.
Although every one expected that, today’s voting at the U.N. General Assembly on the necessity to lift the U.S. blockade against Cuba confirms that the westernmost island of the Greater Antilles is not alone. The taking of this stance (187 in favour of Cuba’s resolution) by the overwhelming majority of the U.N. member nations shows that the truth is on our side.