HAVANA (AP) — It was a little before 10 p.m. that February night in 1898 when a fiery explosion roiled the normally calm waters of Havana Harbor, blowing out windows in the city and sinking the USS Maine to the bottom of the bay, just the mast and some twisted metal wreckage left to poke above the waves.
Havana's monument to the 266 U.S. sailors who died that night was dedicated 27 years later as a tribute to lasting Cuban-American friendship, a thank-you for Washington's help in shedding the yoke of Spanish colonial rule, which was known for its cruelty.
...Unfortunately for us, we backed petty dictators and allowed the Mafia to take over Cuba.
...Which led to the sorry current state of affairs. From the 1901 "Platt" amendment, that gave the US the right to intervene militarily in Cuba for freeing their country.
...IMHO, this puts us, the USA as dictators to the government and people of Cuba.
...The Platt amendment should never have been passed.
...Samoa and Guam are still protectorates, of the USA. The Philippines have their total freedom, yet, do we invade the Philippines? NO!
...We should stop trying to make the world in our image. We should encourage democracy's and oppose dictators, which should mean that we should not do business with them. Including buying their oil or selling them our scrap metal..
...As a veteran of our armed services, I am glad that the monument to the Maine is being restored.
...My hope is that a true democracy, free from any other countries influence, will come about. I hope that we can become friend as nations again.
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