Predictable ➠ Obama Removes Terror-Supporting Cuba From List Of Terror Supporters

Obama Removes Terror-Supporting Cuba from List of Terror Supporters

Obama Removes Terror-Supporting Cuba from List of Terror Supporters

On Tuesday, the White House announced that it would remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, despite Cuba’s continued support for terrorist groups including the Central American FARC as well as Hezbollah. As Frances Martel of Breitbart writes:

The Associated Press reports that President Obama stated Cuba “has not provided any support for international terrorism” in six months, despite the presence of almost every senior official of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist terrorist group, in Havana…. The Cuban government has also been implicated in repeated instances of supporting Iranian-sponsored terrorism, particularly the activities of the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah. In 2011, an Italian newspaper reported that Hezbollah was secretly planning to establish a base in Havana to better organize its activities in Latin America.

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Cuba has spent the past three decades on the list of state sponsors of terrorism; they were added after backing communist terrorist groups in Latin America in the early 1980s. For years, the Cuban government “has also harbored an unspecified number of fugitives wanted in the United States,” according to The New York Times.

The Obama administration justified the move by stating that Cuba had not backed terrorism for a full six months. At the White House, Josh Earnest explained that even if Cuba backed evil policies, that wasn’t enough to label them state sponsors of terrorism:

We will continue to have differences with the Cuban government, but our concerns over a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions fall outside the criteria that is relevant to whether to rescind Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. More

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