The Cuban Government’s Distraction

By Daniel Nardini

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - CommentaryOn July 26th, two incendiaries were thrown at the Cuban embassy in Paris, France. Although no one was injured, there is no doubt that it was intended as an attack against the Cuban government. It is being treated as a terrorist attack which it should be. But who was responsible? We do not know at this time. Could it have been a Cuban American individual or group? Was it someone else? What was the motivation behind the attack? These are important questions for why this was carried out. The only thing we do know is that it was carried out on July 26th, which is a Cuban national holiday. July 26th refers to the failed attack by forces led by Fidel Castro against the Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba in 1953. The Communist Party of Cuba considers this date as the start of the Communist revolution.

There is no doubt that whoever threw those incendiary devices wants an end to the Communist Party and a restoration of democracy. If they want an end to the Communist Party, this is not the way to do it. Despite the fact we do not know who did this, the Cuban government is blaming the United States for this act. The Cuban government blaming the United States is two-fold. First, it is a distraction to try and get Cubans to not look at the food shortages, the medical shortages, the corona virus deaths, and the corruption and repression that is endemic in Cuba. All of these factors contributed to the mass protests in every Cuban city in the middle of July. Second, it is an attempt by the Communist Party to put pressure on the United States to exact concessions.

But as I have said before, the burden of proof is on those who make the accusations. It might have been Cuban American groups, but even this does not prove that the U.S. government itself was involved. Especially with a Democratic administration it is highly unlikely that the U.S. government would be involved in a terrorist act like this. Again, we are not sure if Cuban American individuals or groups were involved, and it could have been anyone. But the real problem are the social, economic and political issues that have forced so many Cubans to openly protest against the Communist Party of Cuba for the what they endure everyday of their lives.

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