Rogue states: All UN members except US and Israel oppose embargo against Cuba, in 191-2 vote

Once again, for the 26th year, the entire international community voted against the unilateral US embargo against Cuba.

In the November 1, 2017 meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, every single country except for the US and Israel called for the suffocating embargo to be lifted.

This was a staggering 191-to-2 vote.

The 2015 vote was exactly the same.

The US frequently refers to its enemies as “rogue states,” but this repeated UN vote shows what actual rogue states look like.

In its report on the 2017 GA vote, the hyper-neutral, sanitized UN News Centre used the uncharacteristically impatient headline “UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba.”

The UN News Centre report also strongly implied that the US is violating international law with its unilateral economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed against Cuba, writing:

In the resolution, the Assembly reiterated its call to all UN Member States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations under the UN Charter and international law, which reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation. The Assembly “once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible,” the resolution added.

Two years ago, I wrote a report for Salon entitled “Rogue state: For 24th year, U.S. defies 99 percent of world, voting against ending Cuba embargo.”

In another article I wrote in Salon in 2016, “The U.S. has terrorized Cuba for over 50 years,” I provided crucial background information on the US embargo:

Today, against the will of 99 percent of the international community, the U.S. maintains a strict embargo on Cuba. For 24 years, the vast majority of U.N. nations (191 of 193 in 2015) have voted against the unilateral U.S. trade ban.

This embargo — which Cuba and other Latin American countries commonly refer to as a blockade — was first imposed on Cuba not, as is often claimed, in 1962 in response to Castro’s alignment with the USSR, but rather in 1960.

Why did the U.S. impose an embargo on Cuba in the first place? In the words of a State Department official, “to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.”

In an April 1960 memo titled “The Decline and Fall of Castro,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Lester Mallory admitted that the “majority of Cubans support Castro” and that there “is no effective political opposition.” He therefore concluded that the “only foreseeable means of alienating internal support is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship.”

The State Department official insisted that “every possible means should be undertaken promptly to weaken the economic life of Cuba.” In order to engage in such economic sabotage, Secretary Mallory said the U.S. government, while being “as adroit and inconspicuous as possible,” should make “the greatest inroads in denying money and supplies to Cuba, to decrease monetary and real wages, to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.”

“The principal item in our economic quiver would be flexible authority in the sugar legislation,” he proposed — that is to say, an embargo on sugar.

“All other avenues should likewise be explored,” he added.

Although the U.S. would later try to justify its unilateral imposition of an embargo on a sovereign neighbor with Cold War fearmongering, President Dwight D. Eisenhower in fact prevented sugar, oil, and weapons from being traded with Cuba just after the revolution, before Castro allied with the Soviets.

The fact that the embargo continues still to this day, 25 years after the fall of the USSR, demonstrates just how dishonest the excuse is.