Guatemala, WTF???–Part 2

More interesting shake-out from Guatemalan prez Alvaro Colom’s visit to Cuba:

President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala has apologised to Cuba for his country’s role in the failed US-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961.

The CIA used Guatemalan territory to train Cuban exiles before their disastrous invasion which was quickly defeated by Cuban forces.

“It was not us, but it was our land,” President Colom said in Cuba.

His visit is the fifth by a regional leader in 2009 and supports calls for the end of the US trade embargo.

President Colom’s apology was greeted with sustained applause at the University of Havana.

He said he was apologising now as a gesture of solidarity and a sign that times had changed.

“Cuba deserves its own destiny, a destiny that you all built with this revolution of 50 years. Defend it like you have always done.”

This is something no one expected to hear (and which, I’m sure, has certain old Miami mafiosi shitting solid gold bricks), but it’s great to hear it all the same. Colom is definitely a good egg in my books for saying that.

Interesting, too, the timing of all this: Now that Dubya and Auntie Condi are no longer in office, it seems that LatAm presidents of all kinds are no longer distancing themselves from the socialists and commies, and openly declaring their interest in, and affection for, Cuba.

It really does make you wonder, does it not?

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