By Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES – The fact the US government is fabricating and spreading countless lies about Cuba to justify the economic, commercial and financial blockade it has imposed on Cuba for nearly 60 years, doesn’t surprise me really, especially as most US governments’ foreign policy has historically been based on lies, in their attempt to justify their many attacks on other countries.
However, this new attack coming from the Revolution’s enemies, who play along for Imperialism, most of whom earn a couple of dollars which the Empire hands out with the illusion of sustaining an opposition, whose only objective is to make a living off of this, as they know full well that there isn’t, nor will there ever be, the slightest chance of changing the socialist system to return back to what we had before 1959.
These characters, some of whom are based in Cuba and the majority residing abroad, dedicate their time to posting all kinds of lies about Cuba on social media, and they take advantage of any situation to create false images of Cuban society in readers’ minds, with the intention of hurting tourism to the island, which is one of the country’s main economic activities.
They conjure up lies about education, which is renowned for being the best in the Americas. They spread false accusations about the Cuban health system and Cuba’s solidarity efforts in dozens of countries across the globe, not only offering free medical attention to the most vulnerable groups of society, but also university grants to train health professionals, providing them with excellent training, which the World Health Organization (WHO) itself recognizes.
They take advantage of any delay in basic supplies, as a result of the US’ iron-tight blockade so they can say: “there isn’t food in Cuba, look at the long lines just to buy” chicken, cooking oil or any other product that has taken a while to enter the country.
They never reveal the real cause of the problem, or the government’s efforts to purchase abroad anything they can’t manufacture domestically, navigating many obstacles imposed by the blockade.
They constantly declare that the country is getting worse and worse every day, when the reality is that even under the US’ economic war and persecution of Cuba’s trade deals abroad, the country is still moving forward and we see new projects in the agricultural sector every day, and production is growing sustainably; not at the pace we would all like, but it is overcoming obstacles and making progress.
Everybody knows that the US goes to great lengths to stop oil from reaching Cuba, which is crucial for any country to run properly. That is why not all of the oil that was expected to arrive in Cuba in September actually made it, leading to a fuel shortage and forced the government to take temporary measures so as to ensure that the fuel we had was enogh to keep basic services for the population running, avoiding annoying blackouts and keeping critical economic activities afloat, although implementing energy-saving measures.
Reducing transport services across the country was necessary, including in the capital, which is why you could see hordes of people waiting at some bus stops, who were photographed and then uploaded to social media blaming the government, just like Imperialism wanted them to; but, they don’t tell you that measures were taken so that any state-owned vehicle passing by was obligated to pick up passengers, and that really did help alleviate the inconvenience workers had trying to get to work. Even many drivers in their private cars stopped and picked up passengers, the Cuban people’s characteristic solidarity was clear for everyone to see.
As oil imports agreed for October have started to come in, the transport situation has been improving, although some energy-saving measures still need to be upheld, as the Empire is hell-bent on trying to leave us without fuel so they can cause the Cuban people as much damage as possible.
Those who want to continue playing the US government’s game, will continue to lie and blame the Cuban government, as a new form of attack, but the Cuban people know where their problems come from and they are becoming more and more anti-imperialist.