U.S. and the Hypocrisy of Terrorism against Cuba

U.S. and the Hypocrisy of Terrorism against CubaHavana, Sep 13. -The imprisonment of five Cuban antiterrorists in the United Startes is an "example of the hypocrisy of the U.S. Government when it comes to the war against terrorism", stressed journalist and writer Keith Bolender.

"If it is sponsored by the U.S. Government, thereâ�Ös no problem", said the Canadian intellectual who is touring Ireland and Northern Ireland to present his book "Voices from the Other Part, an Oral Story about Terrorism against Cuba".

In a telephone interview with Prensa Latina, Bolender explained that it is a collection of testimonies, some unpublished, told by the average Cubans who have been victims directly of acts of terrorism, or who have had friends of relatives whoâ�Öve been killed or injured.

"They tell their stories in their own words, how theyâ�Öve coped with it, how theyâ�Öve suffered for so many years," he added, pointing out that it is the first time that these stories have been collected in one book.

Thereâ�Ös nothing -he continued- in the U.S. press or media on the many acts of terror launched or sponsored from the U.S. soil against the Cuban people.

The U.S. political leadership -he added- "does not discuss this, it ignores it, it wonâ�Öt recognize it."

The last chapter is dedicated to the five Cuban antiterrorist unjustly and arbitrarily imprisoned in the U.S. for 12 years.

Ramón Labañino, Antonio Guerrero, Gerardo Hernández, Fernando González and René González were arrested on September 12, 1998, on charges of espionage, none of which were proved in a biased trial in Miami, and sentenced to severe jail punishment.

Bolender interviewed two of the wives to tell their stories, and explain why they were in Miami in the first place to monitor groups of violent Cuban-Americans: It was "the need to thwart acts of terrorism against Cuba."

People donâ�Öt understand that unless they come to understand the long history of terrorism against the Island, he said, indicating that the book explains why it was necessary for the Five to be there because of the long destructive war against the Cuban people.

With an introduction by the renowned academic Noam Chomsky and published by Pluto Press, London, the book has been released in Dublin, Galway and Belfast, where it was well received by the public and the press. (Prensa Latina)