The silence of the news media about the 14-year struggle of the Cuban Five to obtain justice demonstrates, in fact, how the center of U.S. power in Washington, D.C., manipulates the American public concerning foreign policy toward Cuba. One must go back to the Eisenhower administration in 1959, whose interventionist policy, "to hide the hand of U.S. government," was part of the danger posed by the U.S. military-industrial complex.
The prevalent Cold War atmosphere fed the illusion that U.S. democracy was the only legitimate path to security and freedom. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the reactionary position to dominate the world became a powerful lever to control small countries seeking economic independence. The murky involvement of the U.S. government in Latin America is one result of the need to change "Big Stick" foreign policy in this hemisphere.
Cuba does not engage in terrorism and does not represent any threat to our national security. The relevance of the campaign to free the Cuban Five has a direct relationship to the possibility to improve U.S./Cuba relations. Yet, the corporate media maintains a blockade of silence about the case.
Without an educated U.S. public, Cuba becomes a nonissue. The best solution seems to open diplomatic relations and legalize travel to Cuba.
Richard Grassl, Pasco