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President Biden is evaluating undoing Trump’s decision to blacklist Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism. In a telephone press conference, the State Department’s acting terrorism coordinator, John Godfrey, said that both the Cuba policy and the terrorism sponsor designation remain under review.
The Castro regime, which has been in power for more than 60 years, shelters U.S. fugitives and leaders of Colombian terrorist groups and from different parts of Latin America. In fact, Colombian authorities believe that FARC guerrilla Ivan Marquez — who remains a terrorist even though the Biden admin no longer considers FARC terrorists — reportedly left Venezuela for Cuba last week to protect himself from threats by other drug traffickers.
That Cuba is a safe haven for terrorists is a serious enough matter to have it on the terrorism blacklist—but it must be made clear that the relationship between the Castro regime and terrorism is much more gruesome. Cuba is part of the strategy of the terrorist left in Latin America. Venezuela, since Chavez took power, has not stopped funding the Cuban regime. Why? Because Cuba exports intelligence, experience, and methods to repress the population while socialist criminals perpetuate themselves in power.
Biden’s decision to remove the FARC from the terrorist list is a slap in the face to Colombians, but removing Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism is a slap in the face to all of Latin America and to all Hispanic Americans who came to this country fleeing the horror of terrorist groups protected and promoted by Castroism.
This week, Senator Rick Scott denounced that the White House hung up on him when he called to talk about the torture and abuse suffered by activist José Daniel Ferrer, who is a prisoner of the regime.
The current administration would do well to heed the calls of Senator Scott, who do understand the problem of what is happening on the island. It should be clear to the government that it is impossible to have a neighborhood plagued by socialists, terrorists and drug traffickers without suffering some consequence.
Let’s hope President Biden does not make a mistake. Cuba, as long as it is under the terror of the Castro regime, will continue to harbor and encourage terrorists.
Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editor-in-chief of El American. Economist. Podcaster. Political and economic analysis of America. Colombian exile in the United States // Vanessa Vallejo. Co-editora en jefe de El American. Economista. Podcaster. Análisis político y económico de América. Colombiana exiliada en EE. UU.