While the Heritage gives us reasons to believe we should not trust Cuba and that they should remain on the terrorist supporting countries list, they have no real argument to consider Cuba a supporter Of terrorism or a valid reason to keep them on the list. This article by Ana Quintal, a research associate from the Heritage, states that Cuba has supported terrorist organizations, like the AFAR and the EAT; while also supporting dictatorships like Venezuela. This last case is the most notorious as it is the most recent one (since connections between
Cuba and the two terrorist organizations mentioned above “officially ended” in 1 991 where the Cuban High Command helped Venezuela deal with the protests in a violent fashion, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of protesters, mostly students. The GO (The Cuban military intelligence agency) also got in Venezuela, and it is suspected that they carried several assassinations to silence people who knew too much. Following Beam’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba, people started accusing the President of being a traitor, as it is thought this move will hurt US taxpayers.
But the real questions arises, apart from helping a dictatorship recently, which should be condemned by the United Nations, is Cuba really deserving of the punishment of being in the Terrorist Supporting Countries List? According to this article, they should, but not because they are currently supporting terrorism, but because they are, as mentioned in the article, “inherently evil”. Is being supposedly evil, enough reason to keep Cuba in the list? I do not think so. In this article they do not even touch the topic of what in the list means for the Cuban people!
If the US would want to hurt the Cuban government they would probably condemn their actions in Venezuela publicly, because by keeping them on the list, they are not really hurting the Cuban government, but the Cuban people. Being on the list only means that the US screens all transactions going in and out of Cuba, which may prevent terrorist funds going into Cuba, but also hurts the Cuban people as the banks will not invest in Cuba, just to save themselves of the hassle of being screened. This supposedly also hurts the Cuban Government, but what the
IIS is not taking into account is that the Cuban government receives money and oil monthly from Venezuela, so they are not hurt, only the people are. So, should the Congress support the decision of taking Cuba off the Terrorist Supporting List? Yes. Nevertheless, should the US government take their eyes off the Cuban government, even if they normalize relations with the island? No. Even though they are not inherently evil, they have done their fair share of bad things in the past, and not the far past but also recently.
Now it is just a matter of eagerly waiting for the Congress’ point of view in the next few months, and to further analyze this situation.