Cuban Foreign Minister Warns of Possible American Attack

Amid ongoing unrest in Cuba and widespread support voiced across the Western world for anti-government riots and protests, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez warned that Western calls for a ‘humanitarian military intervention’ in the country risked paving the way for an attack by the United States. "To ask for humanitarian intervention in Cuba is to ask for military intervention by the U.S.," Rodriguez told journalists, blaming the small number of pro-Western protests that occurred on Washington. "I accuse the U.S. government of being directly involved and gravely responsible for the incidents that took place on July 11, and it will be held responsible for their consequences," he stated. Havana has suggested that the protests are fomented by U.S.-paid mercenaries, although the veracity of this claim remains uncertain. 

What is known, however, is that tens of thousands of artificial tweets have been created on the American social media site Twitter in what appears to be an effort to create the impression of a social consensus in support of the demands of the pro-Western protestors. These kinds of operations were notably also seen during the 2019 U.S.-backed military coup in Bolivia, and many analysts have highlighted them as indicating U.S. involvement. 

The United States has placed Cuba under a harsh blockade since the late 1950s, and the Central Intelligence Agency came close to launching an invasion, the Bay of Pigs, in 1961 to impose a pro-Western regime in the country. 

The operation's failure led the U.S. to place military pressure on the country including raids against shipping, the bombardment of various targets such as cane fields and hotels, and the strafing of civilian targets by American aircraft. 

Cuba previously fielded the most capable military in Latin America during the Cold War, which was heavily subsidized by the Soviet Union and deployed to Africa and the Middle East to support parties fighting against Western interests. 

The country’s military saw a major decline after 1991 as the Soviet collapse stripped it of military aid or access to arms at ‘friendly’ low prices. The U.S. has used protests and the need to protect civilians in enemy states as a pretext to launch military interventions in the past - most notably against Libya in 2011. 

It also launched invasions of Panama and Grenada in the 1980s to install pro-Western governments in power, which would make an attack on Cuba far from unprecedented. 

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