Rosa Martinez

Waiting in line for a bus-taxi. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES —It may be true that some people in Cuba are being terrorized. Those dubbed as dissidents probably fear being imprisoned or tortured for their ideas. The former has happened on many occasions. I have no proof the latter has ever taken place.

Some Cuban workers may be afraid to speak their minds, because they could lose their jobs or Party membership. It happened to Esteban Morales and many others.

Some may fear persecution, as they tell us on their personal pages. As for me, I can’t say I’ve ever been persecuted or seen others be persecuted.
Perhaps some foreigners are afraid to live in Cuba, fearing socialism will devour them or rob them of their rights or properties. Some may perhaps renounce enjoying our beaches and other natural treasures out of fear of being mistreated by a totalitarian regime. Some people around the world may fear this and more, but no one will ever be able to rightly say Cuba is a terrorist country.

Last week, for the thirty-first consecutive time since 1982, the United States included our country in its list of nations that sponsor terrorism, placing it next to Iran, Syria and Sudan. The true purpose of this is to justify the preservation of the blockade, a failed policy which the entire world condemns.

For Cubans, that doesn’t really change anything. We’re used to defamatory campaigns against our country and being called murderers, when all of us know well where the true murderers and terrorists in the world are.

I can only hope people from other nations will start to get to know us better – our reality, our idiosyncrasies – so that they will see that my island may be anything except a terrorist country.

Rosa Martínez

Rosa Martinez: I am another Havana Times contributing writer, university professor and mother of two beautiful and spoiled girls, who are my greatest joy. My favorite passions are reading and to write and thanks to HT I’ve been able to satisfy the second. I hope my posts contribute towards a more inclusive and more just Cuba. I hope that someday I can show my face along with each of my posts, without the fear that they will call me a traitor, because I’m not one.

12 thoughts on “Terror Made in Cuba

  • No, you read like a bad Cold War novel: hackneyed characters, poorly written, and lacking in fact.

    Anyway…

    That the US viewed the Soviet Union as an enemy and acted against it in no way contradicts the fact that the Soviet Union organized and directed a world wide Communist conspiracy. Both are true.

  • In the space of some 30 years or so beginning with the U.S. /European invasion in 1918 to overthrow the Bolshevik Revolution, , the Western capitalist powers made three invasions of the Soviet Union, killing some 40-50 MILLION Soviet citizens.
    Everything and anything the Soviets did during and after that slaughter was defensive in nature.
    You bet they had spies and that was how they got nuclear weapons to be able to create MAD ( Mutual Assured Destruction) and successfully defend themselves from another invasion defend themselves.
    Every next step in the arms race was made by the U.S. and not the Soviets.
    The U.S. was the aggressor and had the S.U. surrounded with U.S. missile bases and not the other way around.
    You have a knack for turning history on its head.
    Even the British Intelligence service said (after the Soviets collapsed) that the Soviets were NEVER a serious military threat to the capitalist west.
    You read like a bad Cold War novel.

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