ZunZuneo Just Another Weapon in the Long Unconventional War on Cuba

Havana, Apr 11 (Prensa Latina) – Cuba has historically served as a laboratory for the application of U.S. non-conventional warfare methods, Cuban media are charging today as reports about the unveiled ZunZuneo program continue to surface.

Assassination attempts, introduced diseases, support for armed counter-revolutionary grouplets, invasion, and the application of an economic, financial and trade blockade are all part of the history of Washington’s aggressions against Havana over the past 50 years.

ZunZuneo, an invention of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) meant to promote destabilization in the country through a text-messaging platform similar to Twitter is one more for the list.

According to the Granma newspaper, there is a striking similarity between the data revealed by the Associated Press report, and training manuals that are part of the U.S. Army’s guides for Non-Conventional Warfare, such as Training Circular (TC) 18-01.

This guide explains that the first phase of any non-conventional war consists of psychological operations to unite people against their government and prepare them to accept U.S. intervention.

After the background for ZunZuneo was revealed, many began to ask why the USAID – billed as an agency delivering humanitarian assistance – is deploying programs similar to those developed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

ZunZuneo is part of a long list that includes projects in Serbia, Iran, Egypt, Ukraine and Venezuela, all designed for political intervention.

However, the debate in the United States is centered more on the way in which the telecommunications platform was engineered and the distribution of political messages, not on the interference with internal Cuban affairs.

At the same time, a survey taken in the United States shows that 56 percent of the citizens of that country would like to see normalized relations between Cuba and the U.S.