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Cuba's Radio Reloj says Reagan "Should Never Have Been Born"
by upton sinclair (irlandeso [at] riseup.net)
Wednesday Jun 9th, 2004 11:27 AM
In the first reaction to Reagan’s death from the communist government, the state-run Radio Reloj said “as forgetful and irresponsible as he was, he forgot to take his worst works to the grave.
“He, who never should have been born, has died,” the radio in Havana added.
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'Reagan should never have been born' - Cuba
07/06/2004 - 23:51:51

Cuba today attacked the policies of former United States president Ronald Reagan and said he should “never have been born”.

In the first reaction to Reagan’s death from the communist government, the state-run Radio Reloj said “as forgetful and irresponsible as he was, he forgot to take his worst works to the grave.

“He, who never should have been born, has died,” the radio in Havana added.

The statement did not mention Cuba’s relationship with the United States under Reagan, a staunch foe of communism who died on Saturday aged 93.

It also did not mention Reagan’s decision to order US forces to invade the tiny Caribbean country of Grenada on October 25, 1983, because Washington feared the island had grown too close to Cuba.

Since the early 1960s, Cuba and the United States have been without diplomatic relations, and Cuba has been under a US trade embargo. But relations between the two countries were especially tense when Reagan was in office from 1981-1989.

Radio Reloj lambasted Reagan’s military policies, especially the “Star Wars” anti-missile programme.

The initiative, launched when the Soviet Union still existed, rejected a long-standing doctrine built on the idea that neither superpower would start a nuclear war out of fear of annihilation by the other.

The radio also criticised Reagan’s policies in Central America, where Washington backed a counter-revolutionary rebel army that fought against the leftist Sandinista government in Nicaragua.

The US also supported a conservative government that battled Marxist guerrillas during El Salvador’s civil war.

“His apologists characterise him as the victor of the Cold War,” the radio said.

“Those in the know knew that the reality was not so, but rather (he was) the destroyer of policies of detente in the overall quest for peace.”