Cuba: how it was added to the list of countries that sponsor terrorism

April 19, 2015 12:17 AM

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While a new battle line between the White House and Congress emerges with President Barack Obama’s request to remove Cuba from the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, the issue raises the question: just how did Cuba get blacklisted?

The story goes back to 1981, to the presidency of Ronald Reagan and the Cold War. A few weeks after his inauguration in March of that year, the National Security Council began debating over how to respond to the civil war in El Salvador. Reagan was determined to stop the Soviet influence in the area...

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