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U.S. and Cuba backpedal after "attacks" in Havana

by Lou Venditti - News Editor
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 09:00 pm

The United States of America and Cuba still have a great amount of ill-will pointed toward each other. The U.S. recently ordered the removal of over half of the Cuban diplomats currently serving at the Cuban embassy in Washington D.C. Per Reuters, those expelled from the facility include every business officer for Cuba, cutting financial ties with the small country.

The expulsion of Cuban staffers at the embassy comes less than a week after U.S. embassy staffers in Havana began coming down with mysterious illnesses. The U.S. believes that its embassy diplomats are under attack in Cuba, so the Trump administration has decided to not only remove American diplomats from Cuba but to expel Cuban diplomats from the U.S. 

The attacks have left United States officials mostly baffled. Embassy workers in Havana have been reporting dizziness, fatigue, nausea, hearing loss and cognitive issues - as in, problems thinking. None of those symptoms point to one specific kind of attack. Wired Magazine, a tech magazine, speculates that it may be some kind of sonic weapon, and the U.S. is somehow inclined to agree. The issue lies in the fact that sonic weaponry isn’t often researched, and physicians don’t know what prolonged exposure to ultrasound of infrasound rays can actually do to people.

Wired magazine also notes that poison could be the cause, but points once again to sonic causes. The magazine reports that people who were affected noted hearing weird noises in some rooms at the embassy, but not all workers heard the weird noises before coming down with symptoms. 

The massive confusion that’s surrounding the attack is causing panic, and Cuba has adamantly denied any hand in the attacks.

The question has also risen as to whether or not it was the Cubans themselves or another nation within the embassy mounting an attack against Americans. The U.S. is looking into whether another country could’ve perpetrated these attacks, if that’s what they indeed are.

The U.S. and Cuba haven’t had the best of relationships. Cuba has been living in a communist government since the 1950s, and if you know anything about American-Communist history, you’ll know it’s not great. America’s great imperialist mindset once required that the entire world lived under a democracy, causing an influx of political enemies during the Cold War. Cuba was one such enemy. 

Even so, this battle harkens to a larger issue that has been prevalent since the Cold War: communism against democracy. America’s vehement hatred of communism has left it on the outs in relationships with other world powers. Venezuela, a socialist nation in it’s own right, has recently come under attack by the U.S. The U.S. seems to have always played the "God role" on Earth to keep the dirty red out of the world. 

One must ask why that mentality is necessary. It can be argued that capitalism has brought more ruin to the world than communism and that communism is the direct answer to capitalism. 

Sure, communism doesn’t have the best reputation with the Soviet Union ruling under totalitarianistic world views, but the simple idea that communism is bad is toxic. All in all, it can be argued that capitalism is the true evil of the world, pitting poor people against each other to achieve the American dream while those who already have it all watch as society turns to rubble. 

It’s entirely possible that these attacks at the Havana embassy weren’t perpetrated by Cuba or weren’t attacks at all. However, push has come to shove, and the U.S. has expelled over half the Cuban diplomats from Washington and called back more than half of their own diplomats from Havana. The event won’t lead to an international war breaking out, but it surely didn’t do anything to help the U.S. relationship with Cuba.

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