The sabotage of the steamship La Coubre was one of the cruelest attacks suffered by the Cuban people. Photo: Granma Archives
When we Cubans see our entire country suffer the sustained aggression of another – without as much as a declaration of war – many of us are reminded of fascist practices during World War II, when the most elementary human principles were violated, and expansionist, imperial ambitions were placed above all else.Those of us from younger generations did not experience transcendental battles like Playa Girón, the Missile Crisis, or the Escambray. To us, they are echoes in time, that some, from afar, would like to distort, to deny us valuable lessons. This war against Cuba, in which all kinds of tactics have been tried, touched us more closely when we were children and saw fellow citizens cry with rage and indignation, on television, as they recounted outrages committed by the empire.
We watched a program called “Cuba demanda,” which showed the massive, televised trials, and read the book that detailed with great clarity how many Cubans, regardless of their political positions, were victims of the empire’s rage against our small country, while the aggressors acted with impunity, spreading lies and half-truths about the events.
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