Cuba Disappointed by “Security Threat” Designation

Posted on January 5, 2010


Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Parilla expresses disappointment towards the US decision to include Cuba on the Security Threat list. He claimed this is no different than "beating up a Sikh guy because he wears a turban."

EP: Havana – In a statement issued to newspapers this morning, Cuban foreign minister Bruno Parilla expressed strong disappointment with the Obama administration’s decision to include Cuba on the list of countries that are considered a “security risk.” According to the Transportation Security Administration in the United States, all airline passengers traveling from or through any of these countries will be subject to “full body pat downs.” The measure is a response to the failed Christmas day bombing attempted by Nigerian passenger Umar Farouk Abdul Mutaleb on Delta flight 253.

“This is outrageous,” said the Cuban Foreign Minister, “have you guys seen the other countries on the list? They are all a bunch of Muslims, except us. I mean come on – that is like beating up a Sikh guy because he wears a turban. Its so unfair.” The list of countries, in addition to Cuba, include Afghanistan, Algeria,  Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. “I mean if they were going to include us, then they should have at least thrown in North Korea, but to lump us together with these crazy Muslim countries is such a low blow. I don’t see Cubans running around America blowing up planes and talking about taking over the world.”

Cuba’s relations with the United States have been strained for many decades, however recent cultural exchanges as well as the transition of power from Fidel Castro to his brother Raul have given some hope for the possibility of rapprochement between the two longtime adversaries.  “This is so lame” added the Parilla, “just throwing us on the list as the token ‘non-Muslim’ country to make it look like they are not targeting just the crazy Muslim countries is not fair to the people of Cuba.”

Officials inside Obama administration refused to acknowledge or deny the claim that Cuba was added to make it seem like Muslims were not being targeted exclusively. However, one senior administration official who did not want to be identified, did tell reporters that “confiscating Cuban cigars was not their top priority.”

See: Angry Cuba demands removal from U.S. terrorism list (Reuters)