Chomsky on Cuba: After Decades of U.S. Meddling & "Terrorism," Restoring Ties is Least We Could Dohttp://www.democracynow.org/2015/3/3/chomsky_on_cuba_after_decades_of
Publisher: Democracy Now
Date Written: 03/03/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20179
Aaron Maté did an interview with Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now!. They talked about the thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations and U.S. meddling in Cuba.
NOAM CHOMSKY: The U.S. has been at war with Cuba since late 1959. Cuba was -- had been, essentially, a colony of the United States, a virtual colony. In January 1959, the Castro guerrilla forces took over. By late that year, around October, U.S. planes were already bombing Cuba from Florida. In, I think it was, March 1960, there was a formal decision internally to overthrow the government. John F. Kennedy came in shortly after, got the Bay of Pigs. After the Bay of Pigs, there was almost hysteria in Washington about how to punish the Cubans for this. Kennedy made some incredible speeches about how, you know, the future of the world is at stake in dealing with Cuba and so on. The U.S. launched a major terrorist war against Cuba. We kind of downplay it, and what you can get reported is CIA attempts, you know, to kill Castro -- bad enough -- but that was a very minor part of it. Major terrorist war is part of the background for the missile crisis, which almost led to a terminal nuclear war. Right after the crisis, the terrorist war picked up again.