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Posted August 27, 2007 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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News.com.au - Herald Sun from Australia - From correspondents in Havana

Cuba has been upgrading its military arsenal since President Fidel Castro fell ill 13 months ago, to defend itself against a possible US invasion, senior officers said today.

“In the irregular combat we would face in Cuba in case of an invasion, the engineering, infantry and artillery systems we produce and repair here are of vital importance, because they’re designed for the aggressor’s direct assault,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Pascual Machado, chief coordinator of Cuba’s Military Industrial Firm (EMI).

EMI director Colonel Arturo Torres told the Trabajadores newspaper the facilities he runs “have increased their production level since 1998 more than fourfold”.

Weapon systems that have been upgraded in precision targeting and destructive capabilities include munitions, grenades, land mines and anti-tank rockets, Trabajadores said.

As an example, the weekly said a laser-guided targeting system called VLMA, has boosted the AK-M automatic rifle’s precision by 80-90 per cent, regardless of the shooter’s skill level.

Interim Cuban President Fidel Castro, on Cuba’s July 26 national day, urged the successor of US President George W. Bush to seek an end to more than a half century of US-Cuban enmity through dialogue.

Washington said talks would be possible only if Cuba turned to democracy.

Raul, 76, who was appointed to Cuba’s top post after Fidel, 81, underwent delicate surgery on July 31, 2006, also warned that Cuba was ready to defend itself if needed.

Raul said special military operation Caguairan, put in place following Castro’s illness, would finish at the end of next year - US presidential elections take place in November next year.

Fidel Castro, who has been writing regularly in Cuba’s leading newspapers since March, in a June article said Cuba should continue producing and buying weapons to defend itself from the “growing aggression” of the Bush administration.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on August 27, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Might just be propaganda but I figure it was worthwhile to post it so you can make your own decision… and leave comments of course grin



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on August 27, 2007 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    may be propaganda, but may also be a low level warning to the USA.  Am sure Cuba is quite concerned that the USA might directly or indirectly invade Cuba on Fidel’s death.  After all the Bay of Pigs invasion is kept very much alive in Cuba.  Also the USA has a pretty good track record of directly and indirectly intervening or even invading whenever it feels a need to.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on August 28, 2007 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    Massive military spending has been a hallmark of La Revolucion since 1959, which is another reason why the regime is bankrupt and the national currency, including chavitos, is worthless outside Cuba.



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  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 29, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Maybe if there had been no outside threat to the island, Cuba wouldn’t have had to spend so much building their military.  The laws of cause-and-effect never fail.


  5. Follow up post #5 added on August 29, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    The military threat comes from Castro’s mind, not from any actual threat.



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  6. Follow up post #6 added on August 29, 2007 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    What outside threat?  During the October Crisis, the USA agreed in 1962 not to invade Cuba if the Soviet Union withdrew its nuclear missles.



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on August 29, 2007 by abh with 244 total posts

    I think there will always be concern of exiles returning and engaging in some kind of armed struggle.  The more time passes the less of a chance there is of this happening.  There also is undoubtedly concern about the possibility of CIA or other intelligence agents moving in on the island.  The current regime has clearly been very successful at blocking any U.S. intelligence gathering.
    Also, we must acknowledge that the plan drafted by the Bush administration and headed by Condoleeza Rice (known as Plan Bush in Cuba) describes a situation in which U.S. influence would be very high.  This plan also caused a lot of concern on the island.


  8. Follow up post #8 added on August 29, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    True, Bush’s plan pretty much spells out complete regime change.  If calling for the privatization of healthcare and education doesn’t mean regime change, I don’t know what does.  After what happened in Iraq, this “plan” would be cause for concern for anyone, especially a small country already weakened by almost 50 years of sanctions and sitting only 90 miles from the U.S.  I think it’s naive to say that the threat exists only in Castro’s mind, when Cuba has a history of being the victim of all kinds of attacks…not just the Bay of Pigs, but there was extensive crop damage (sugar & tobacco) as a result of chemical/biological attacks, there have been outright terrorist attacks against the hotels meant to scare away the tourists, etc.  Then there’s the constant bombardment of Radio Marti meant to stir a revolt, which of course is a failure anyway….but nonetheless everything combined affects, at minimum, the psyche of the Cuban people.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on August 29, 2007 by cubanpete with 127 total posts

    Radio Marti serves the same purpose as Radio Free Europe did in post-war Europe, a candle burning in the darkness, even though RFE itself probably did not itself directly lead to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.  What about the “constant bombardment” of Radio Habana International, the short-wave arm of the Cuban propaganda machine?



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  10. Follow up post #10 added on August 29, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Never heard of Radio Habana International.  From what I saw in my visit to Cuba, just about every household watches the soap opera, so I guess RHI would be of little use, too.


  11. Follow up post #11 added on August 29, 2007 by manfredz with 464 total posts

    cubanpete ...
    that would be a very valid point if the USA kept its word - but its not better than any other country at keeping it .....


  12. Follow up post #12 added on August 29, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    MiamiCuban,

    I didn’t realize that you were such an apologist for Fidel. I’d say the Embargo is partially to blame for Cuba’s failure to be a developed country but the main reason is Fidel Castro.

    Don’t ever forget that.



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  13. Follow up post #13 added on August 29, 2007 by Curt

    If the U.S ever attacked Cuba, I would do whatever I could to help the Cuban government fight against the U.S imperialists & would risk going to jail for treason!


  14. Follow up post #14 added on August 29, 2007 by Curt

    Publisher, every day you are sounding more and more like those demented right wing fanatics in Miami. Why dont you and Babalog join forces?


  15. Follow up post #15 added on August 29, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I am right in the middle of the whole Cuba thing. Babalu type people call me liberal and you call me right wing.

    I am anti-Embargo (democrat) and anti-Castro (republican).

    I think CUBA would be a better place WITHOUT both.

    Get this. I am pro-choice (democrat) and pro-death penalty (republican).

    I think the US would be a better place WITH both.

    How about that?



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  16. Follow up post #16 added on August 30, 2007 by abh with 244 total posts

    So you want to end the embargo but you blame Fidel for all Cuba’s problems. 

    Sounds like you are an Obama ‘08 guy. 

    I can live with that.


  17. Follow up post #17 added on August 30, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    I am a registered Republican but don’t like George Bush.

    I HOPE this country does not vote for Hillary, they will get Bill Clinton again but this time even worse.

    I hate to say it but I like Obama. I have seen him on several tv shows and he is refreshing but still a democrat. I don’t like many democrats although I agree with my Congressman Bill Delahunt on many topics.

    I have never agreed with my Senators Kennedy or Kerry.



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