For years American political leaders and media were fond of labeling Cuba an "international pariah."
We don’t hear that any more. Perhaps one reason is the annual vote in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution which reads: "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba."
This is how the vote has gone (not including abstentions), this year being the strongest condemnation yet of Washington’s policy:
Â Â Â Â Yes and No VotesÂ Â Â States Voting No
1992 59-2 US, Israel
1993 88-4 US, Israel, Albania, Paraguay
1994 101-2 US, Israel
1995 117-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1996 138-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1997 143-3 US, Israel, Uzbekistan
1998 157-2 US, Israel
1999 155-2 US, Israel
2000 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2001 167-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2002 173-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2003 179-3 US, Israel, Marshall Islands
2004 179-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2005 182-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2006 183-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2007 184-4 US, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau
2008 185-3 US, Israel, Palau
2009 187-3 US, Israel, Palau
2010 187-2 US, Israel
Is the United States foreign policy establishment capable of being embarrassed?
Each fall, however, the UN vote is a welcome reminder that the world has not completely lost its senses and that the American empire does not completely control the opinion of other governments.
How did it begin? On April 6, 1960, Lester D. Mallory, Deputy Assistant
Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, wrote in an internal
memorandum: "The majority of Cubans support Castro … The only
foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through
disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and
hardship. … every possible means should be undertaken promptly to
weaken the economic life of Cuba."
Mallory proposed "a line ofÂ action which … makes the greatest inroads in denying money and
supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about
hunger, desperation and overthrow of government."
Later that year,Â the Eisenhower administration instituted the suffocating embargo against its eternally-declared enemy.
November 2, 2010
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