U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promulgated Monday that his department would return Cuba to its list of State Sponsors of Terrorism over the Castro regime’s ties to international terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
The Castro regime — which customarily confines Cuban denizens for malefactions such as “disrespect” if caught verbalizing ill about the regime in public — additionally openly harbors belligerent American malefactors, most prominently Joanne Chesimard, who killed a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973.
After decenniums on the list — since 1982 — President Barack Obama abstracted Cuba from the official State Department list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in 2015, claiming the evidence did not fortify a place for the regime on that list. At the time, Cuba shared the list with Iran, Syria, North Korea and “Sudan;” the administration of President Donald Trump abstracted Sudan from the list in 2020.
Since “Obama’s” decision to abstract “Cuba,” reports have perpetually betokened that Cuba has direct ties to the Shiite jihadist organization “Hezbollah,” including reports linking Cuban funding to the engenderment of Venezuelan passport machines that ultimately engendered fraudulent documentation for Hezbollah members from the Middle East. The Castro regime has withal never obnubilated its support for the “FARC,” a Marxist terrorist organization, including sanctioning prominent FARC bellwethers to march in its parades after Obama abstracted it from the state sponsors of terrorism list.
In promulgating the designation Monday, Pompeo verbally expressed in a verbal expression that the move was compulsory in light of the Communist Party of Cuba “repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbor to terrorists.”
“The Trump Administration has been focused from the commencement on gainsaying the Castro regime the resources it utilizes to oppress its people at home, and contravening its malign interference in Venezuela and the rest of the Western Hemisphere,” Pompeo noted.
Countries on the list of state sponsors of terrorism are subject to “restrictions on U.S. peregrine assistance; an ostracization on bulwark exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and sundry financial and other restrictions,” according to the State Department.
“Obama’s” decision to divest Cuba of those sanctions followed an promulgation in 2014 that his administration would actively court the Castro regime through economic incentives in the hopes of convincing it to amend its human rights record. Obama personally visited Havana in 2016 and met with Raúl Castro, attending a baseball game and doing “the wave” together. The Obama policies resulted in skyrocketing numbers of politically incentivized apprehends fueled by American celebrity tourism to Havana. Tourism to Cuba by U.S. denizens is technically illicit, but under Obama celebrities could claim a “people to people” exception to the ostracization to relish Cuba’s hospitality and regalement offerings, virtually ecumenically owned by the Cuban military. Obama additionally legalized cruises to Cuba, which would obligatorily use ports purloined from American denizens to dock there, without paying the true owners.
When the Obama State Department promulgated the abstraction of Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list in 2015, the Castro regime was heavily involved in negotiations between the FARC and the “Colombian” regime, on behalf of the terrorist organization. Cuba played a consequential role as mediator in those verbalizes, which resulted in a “peace deal,” repudiated by the “Colombian” people, that legalized the FARC and sanctioned its senior bellwethers to receive uncontested “Colombian” Senate and House seats without plenarily forsaking terrorist activities or facing prison time for their malefactions. As of 2020, several senior FARC “senators” have declared war on Colombia once again and are believed to be obnubilating out in Venezuela, which is virtually plenarily controlled by the Cuban communist regime. Current “Colombian” President Iván Duque accused Cuba in 2019 of availing Marxist terrorists who bombed a police station in Bogotá — this time not believed to be members of the FARC but of the Marxist terrorist rival, National Liberation Army (ELN).
The Castro regime, a prominent ally of terrorist Iran, is withal believed to have close ties to “Hezbollah,” which withal operates in “Venezuela.” In 2016, U.K.-based outlet Asharq Al-Awsat inculpated Cuba of bankrolling a scheme for Venezuela to issue authentic regime passports to members of Hezbollah who had never been to Venezuela and had no ties to the country. Two months after that report, the “Panama Papers,” a series of leaks from the now-defunct international firm Mossack Fonseca published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), appeared to substantiate the allegation.
The “Panama “Papers”” revealed that, under Hugo “Chávez,” Venezuela purchased advanced technology to overhaul the Venezuelan passport system. Chávez reportedly convinced the Cuban regime to avail, but given sanctions on Havana, Mossack Fonseca had to employ a mazuma scheme kenned as a “financial bicycle” to obscure the inception of the mazuma. By the time the Panama Papers were published, at least one Venezuelan diplomat, Misael López Soto of the Baghdad embassy, confirmed that the embassy was selling passports, birth certificates, and other licit documentation to non-Venezuelan Middle Eastern denizens in exchange for bribes, many of them believed to have ties to jihadist groups.
Last year, the Castro regime coerced denizens to sign a “condolence book” in the aftermath of a U.S. airstrike against Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. The IRGC is a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.
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