second opinion - UN support for cuba


For the thirteenth year in a row the United Nations General Assembly has voted for the US blockade of Cuba to be lifted. The vote was Cuba 179, USA 4. The USA, Israel, the Marshall Islands and Palau all voted against. There was one abstention.

Palau, which abstained in 2003, is known to every school child in the USA as being a tiny scattering of Pacific Islands. Until the early 1990s it was a US colony, and although now officially an independent state it is still totally dependent on the USA. The Marshall Islands were a nuclear testing site for the US military. Israel survives only by receiving massive US military and financial aid.

So the real vote was 179 for, 1 against. Even Blair had to vote for Cuba — obviously a poodle with a discipline problem!