After decades of Cuba utterly failing to terrorize the United States, the US State Department has finally taken Cuba off the states that sponsor terrorism.
A press release from moments ago:
In December 2014, the President instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and provide a report to him within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism. On April 8, 2015, the Secretary of State completed that review and recommended to the President that Cuba no longer be designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
Accordingly, on April 14, the President submitted to Congress the statutorily required report indicating the Administration’s intent to rescind Cuba’s State Sponsor of Terrorism designation, including the certification that Cuba has not provided any support for international terrorism during the previous six-months; and that Cuba has provided assurances that it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future. The 45-day Congressional pre-notification period has expired, and the Secretary of State has made the final decision to rescind Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, effective today, May 29, 2015.
The rescission of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission. While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba’s policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation
This reminds me of airplane hijacking. Back in the day, about the time (no coincidence) that airports put in metal detectors, there were a lot of airplane hijackings. A lot. More than you remember, more than you imagine. If I said the number you would argue that I was wrong from incredulity. Well over 100 hijackings or attempted hijackings from the US to Cuba occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. But those weren’t counted as terrorism, because it really was a different thing.
Anyway, Cuba is our neighbor, there is already a fair amount of interaction between Cuba and the US, and this removal of Cuba from the terrorist country list is an important step in the negotiations currently underway to normalize our relationship. It is about time.