Por Orlando Oramas Leon
Havana, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) ‘Sonic attacks in Havana’, it seems to be the title of a fiction film that reality proved to be a stage performance to rarify relations between the United States and Cuba and impose more punishments on the Caribbean island.
It is the conclusion of a plot that started four years ago, when the US Embassy here claimed remote-controlled attacks on diplomats and agents, who were previously healthy and who allegedly suffered from similar ailments, read hearing and brain damage.
The accusations and far-fetched ideas from the United States led to the hypothesis about the use of a ‘mysterious weapon’, of high technology, with variants that range from a sonic, infra or ultrasound weapon, and even microwaves.
They even accused third countries that might have such super-secret weapon, like a film of the James Bond saga.
It was not coincidental that President Donald Trump, who was committed since his election campaign to the anti-Cuba sectors who promoted the derailing of the process of normalization of relations between the two countries that started during the final days of the Barack Obama administration, was occupying the White House at the time.
It was called the Havana Syndrome and it was used by political stockholders in Washington and Florida who bet on the breaking off of bilateral relations.
That was the pretext used by the Government of the United States to close its Consulate in Havana and withdraw most of its personnel from the Embassy.
It seemed a measure against Cuban authorities, but it was the citizens who were affected by successive decisions to hinder travels between the two countries.
Since then, Cubans who wanted to join their relatives in the United States have to travel to a third country, like Guyana or Mexico, to apply for a US visa, which is often denied.
You don’t have to be a mathematician to realize how expensive is that, in addition that the visas still in force and the possibility to renovate them were eliminated.
Cuban ports were banned for cruise ships and other vessels. Charter flights were suspended, as well as operations by commercial airlines that connected US and Cuban airports.
A witch-hunt was launched against oil tankers bound for Cuba in order to paralyze the country’s economy and essential services to create penuries for the people.
Four years and 240 hostile measures against Cuba later, there is no proof that there was truly a sonic aggression in Havana, the director of the US Department at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Johana Tablada, said recently on local television.
The diplomat assured that the Cuban Government pays maximum attention to the affair, carrying out ‘an exhaustive criminal investigation’ that involved professionals from medical and scientific fields.
She recalled that Cuba cooperated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), government officials and medical experts from the United States.
Tablada pointed out that Mike Pompeo, first as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director and later as the US secretary of State, was among the promoters of those decisions, under the pretext of the sonic attack.
The hand of the CIA was behind the farce of the so-called Havana Syndrome, retired Division General Fabian Escalante, who is a scholar on activities by that agency against Cuba and who must have thick file in Langley’s archives, noted.
‘How to emit a radio wave that will affect some people and others not?’ the expert wondered when referring to the incidents described by the diplomats.
It was so confirmed by a report from the US Department of State that was declassified recently and that ratifies a lack of evidence to link Cuba with the mysterious health problems that affected the US officials
The document suggests that Trump’s order to dismantle the Embassy in Havana in early 2018, as a reaction to the ‘sonic attacks’, was ‘a political response plagued by mismanagement, poor leadership, lack of coordination, and a failure to follow established procedures’.
The declassification of this report points to a moment of change in US policy on Cuba after Democratic President Joe Biden took office.
But that does not guarantee that those who were behind the plot of the so-called Havana Syndrome have stopped their conspiracies to prevent the thawing of relations between Washington and Havana.