“It makes the water come to my mouth when I think of the State of Cuba as one in our family.”
— 1895 An American politician & financier
So, as we are wont to do, we occupied a nation & called it “freedom.”
We hijacked Cuba’s postal service and customs, in order to control what came and went, and make sure anything valuable found its way into our own government coffers.
And in 1903, we allowed Cubans to draft a Constitution.
But we wrote it.
We controlled the terms of their Constitution, making sure it protected U.S. interests. In violation of international law, we forced Cuba, under military threat, to include clauses in their Constitution which would keep us in control of their island.
Our Platt Amendment also stipulates that Cuba must allow the U.S. to purchase & lease Cuban land, and allow us to intervene in their affairs any time we think we need to “protect” their “independence.”
Translation: we can step in & squash anything Cubans want to do if it threatens U.S. interests.
You know, like the shockingly awesome Constitution we’re “helping” oil-rich Iraq draw up under our “freedom” occupation right now.
After forcing Cuba to write a Constitution in our best interest, we then forced them to include a codicil saying that our added provisions are “a permanent treaty with the United States.”
“Imperalismo yanqui!” someone in the Cuban group spat.
Yankee imperialism? Huh? Yankee? Who’s a yankee? I just knew he wasn’t talking baseball. Whatever it was, judging by that Cuban’s tone, it didn’t sound well-loved.
Victor said that after writing their Constitution, we held the first of many rigged elections in which we put an American-puppet president into power. Our first puppet, Thomas Estrada Palma, paved the way for decades of threatened or well-paid Cuban presidential puppets who allowed us to do whatever the hell we wanted in Cuba.
But Cuban citizens revolted.
In 1906, nationalist Cubans rose up in violent protest against America’s racist & imperialist actions in Cuba.
Our American president was violently pissed about this.
How dare those Cubans revolt against our democratic White supremacy. How dare they reject the white Cuban puppet-president we put into power on their island. After all we’d done for them. Ungrateful Brown bastards!
President Teddy, in a not so cuddly bear-like rant, raged against Cuba & vowed to “wipe its people off the face of the earth.”
In fact, Haiti’s successful revolution against slavery was still frighteningly fresh in the minds of our White supremacist government. Our biggest fear was that brown Cubans would band together & form a nationalist government that would inspire surrounding Brown islands to join forces, rise up, beat us down & kick us out of the Caribbean.
In addition to the profits we were making from other Brown islands we’d colonized after kicking Spain out, we had more than $200 million worth of investments on Cuba — in sugar and tobacco, utility and mining companies, cattle ranching, transportation, and other Cuban geese laying golden eggs for us.
The hell if we were going to allow Cubans to re-claim their profitable island, and in the process inspire other Brown islands to follow suit, upending the American way.
Brown foreign geese.
Our golden eggs.
Luckily for Cubans, President Roosevelt — rather than “wipe its people off the face of the earth” — settled for using the Platt Amendment on them (hehe! how smart are we? we knew this amendment would come in handy. hehe!). Roosevelt sent an over-kill number of American troops into Cuba for the purpose of “restoring law & order.”
Our law. Our order.
As we would continue to do, right up until this very day, we squashed Cuba’s attempt at sovereignty like a bug.
SPLAT!!! (rhymes with PLATT!)
Our imperialism managed to wipe out Spain’s imperialism & Cuban independence in one fell swoop.
Iraq would be smart, right now, to excavate some Cuban history for a play-by-play of what they can expect next…
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