The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba’s Role in the Defeat of Apartheid (apart-hate)


 

On July 1987, the troops of the settler invaders of Azania started heavy military build up from bases in Namibia in preparation for a final offensive in October, against the freedom fighters seeking to through off the foul paws of the filth oppressive dogs. Between October 1987 and June 1988, in the fiercest conventional battles on African soil since the European took their inter-tribal conflict to the Sahara, the South African Defense Force (SADF) fought pitched tank and artillery battles with the Angolan army (FAPLA) and its Cuban supporters at Cuito Cuanavale. This small base at the junction of two rivers, the Cuito and Cuanavale, located in south-eastern Angola, became important in modern military our story of Africa. There the army of Apart-hate, allegedly the 2nd best on the continent after Israel, was trapped with its tanks and artillery and held down more than 300 miles from its bases in Namibia.

With Cuban reinforcements, the Angolans withstood major assaults on 23 January, 25 February and 23 March. The Boars were repulsed with heavy losses, and the Angolan and Cuban forces seized the military initiative. This initiative changed the military, political, and diplomatic balance in the region. The SADF had become emboldened to embark on a massive destabilization of Southern Africa After the coming to power of the Reagan administration in 1981 and the encouragement and attempted enforcement of the principles of “constructive engagement,”. This constructive engagement was about destabilization of the Southern regions, in the form of a low-intensity war in Mozambique and an open, conventional war in Angola. There was a counterinsurgency war against the Namibian peoples, and in Azania itself the troops of the SADF occupied the African township. The SADF was overstretched and its offensive in Angola brought to the forefront the limitations of an army fighting without moral support at home and abroad.

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The Cuban and Angolan forces were aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa and the South West African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) of Namibia. For the first time since 1981, the Angolan army was able to reoccupy the area adjacent to Namibia. So confident were the Angolans and Cubans that in the space of less than three months they built two airstrips to consolidate their recapture of the southern province of Cunene. Trapped by the rainy season, bogged down by the terrain, and encircled, the South Africans made one desperate attempt to break out on 27 June and were again defeated. One South African newspaper called the defeat “a crushing humiliation.”  The Cuban and Angolan forces were aligned with the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa and the South West African Peoples Organization (SWAPO) of Namibia. For the first time since 1981, the Angolan army was able to reoccupy the area adjacent to Namibia. So confident were the Angolans and Cubans that in the space of less than three months they built two airstrips to consolidate their recapture of the southern province of Cunene. Trapped by the rainy season, bogged down by the terrain, and encircled, the South Africans made one desperate attempt to break out on 27 June and were again defeated. One South African newspaper called the defeat “a crushing humiliation.”

  Failing to take Cuito Cuanavale with over 9,000 soldiers, even after announcing that it had done so, losing air superiority, and faced with mutinies among enlisted “knee-grow” troops and a high casualty rate among Anglo-Saxons, the the government of the settler invaders reached such a desperate situation that President Botha had to fly to the war zone when the operational command of the SADF broke down.

The wars were followed by diplomatic initiatives that the settler invaders had previously been able to block. After the 23 March reversals at Cuito Cuanavale, the Boars started talks that culminated in the 22 December agreement on the implementation of Resolution 435 of the Security Council of the United Nations, laying the steps for the recovery of the independence of Namibia. A year later, in the February 1990, the government of the settler invaders released Nelson Mandel and unbanned the African National Congress (ANC) and the other liberation movements in South Africa. In 2007, the Angolan president paid homage to the more than 300,000 Cuban troops and nearly 50,000 civilian internationalists who have performed service in that African nation. In 1976, Cuban troops were decisive in defeating US-backed troops and South African forces posed against full Angolan independence.

 

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Jonas Savimbi: Judas in the bush

The withdrawal of the SADF from Angola did not end the war. The army of UNITA continued fighting. There was a peace accord in 1991 leading to elections in September 1992. The party of UNITA lost the elections and returned to war. Twelve years after Cuito Cuanavale the Angolan society was still mired in warfare. And they would not see any true resolution as long as America Inc. and it’s European sister countries and the UN continued to use “Judas” Savimbi as an agent of destabilization and prevention of true African democracy and liberation in Angola. Since winning its sovereignty, Angola’s economy had undergone a period of transformation, moving from the disarray caused by a quarter century of civil war to being the fastest growing economy in Africa and one of the fastest in the world. Growth in the country almost entirely driven by rising oil production, which is close 2 million barrels per day. Control in that oil industry is consolidated in a conglomerate that is owned by the Angolan government.

 

Jonas Savimbi inserted himself into the Angolan political scene in the late sixties as an anti colonialist crusader. Failing to outsmart his rivals and grasp power when the colonial masters left in 1975, Savimbi and his followers went into the bush to wage war against the MPLA government then led by Dr. Neto. The war was later to transform Savimbi into Africa’s great traitor (he allied himself with Apartheid South Africa), and a psychopathic butcher. Savimbi is largely to blame for the perpetuation of the Angolan civil war. He rejected the results of free and fair elections organized by the international community in 1992 because he was the loser. He violated the Lusaka accord of 1995 and rejected the post of Vice president offered to him by Dos Santos (Angolan president).  In 1996. Savimbi placed obstacles on every negotiation and invented all the excuses to justify his preference for the rule of the gun. In effect, he realized that he could protect his selfish interests better when his country was at war than at peacetime. Savimbi was not only a warlord. He was a bandit and an outlaw heading a criminal organization that depended on what the United Nations termed “Conflict Diamonds” for survival.

 

According to a 1999 BBC News Online report, Angola has the greatest concentration of land mines in the world. The 15 million land mines (one mine to every Angolan) scattered all over the country effectively render a third of the land unusable. There are 70,000 Angolans believed to have lost limbs to land mines, and close to a million that have perished due to the war. Angola is a country with close to 4 million internally displaced people many of whom are homeless. Savimbi ran the part of the country under his control as a personal fiefdom and profited from that to loot diamonds and sell. The U.K. based Global Witness Ltd. reported that diamond production generated $ 3.7 billion in revenue for Savimbi’s UNITA between 1992 and 1998. This represented 60-70% of Angola’s total diamond production.

 

He was sponsored by the CIA in the seventies to counter Soviet influence on the continent. In the eighties, Ronald Reagan embraced him as ‘friend’ and ‘freedom fighter’ as well as a thief and murderer in the nineties. It was only when his excess soon became such an embarrassment then America Inc.’s  ‘friend’  caused a policy review paving the way for the Clinton administration to recognize the government of José Eduardo Dos Santos. Savimbi’s UNITA is currently suspected of having shady diamond deals with Al Qaeda.  The government in Washington was working hard to confirm the Al Qaeda link as an excuse to justify shedding, for their departed former comrade.

 

 

The death of Jonas Savimbi in 2002 was seriously welcomed with joy by the teeming millions of Angola’s wasted generation and proponents of African liberation. After 26 years of civil war the people hoped that the U.S. government and all those involved in the genesis of the Angolan saga would continue to keep their pilfering hands of Africa and the people use this opportunity to find a lasting peace.  Unfortunately stories like the movie Blood Diamonds tell a more realistic story of Multinationals and big corporations popping up in the background of poor mineral rich countries or those with strategic geo-political use.        

 

14 thoughts on “The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale and Cuba’s Role in the Defeat of Apartheid (apart-hate)

  1. What did you blacks invented ?????????? But you using the “internet” inventing by “whites” ???????

    If it wasn’t for us whites you would still swing around in trees,your black ape !!!!

    Go pick your flat nose you son of a black wore !! The best part of you was the part that runs of your daddy’s legs when he cum while fucking a chicken.

    After 16 years and still sorry for yourself…..shame ??????

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  2. Blackmystory you are basic the same dum ,stupid material than your master “Juluis Malema. All though we are the minority in this country,we do not fear nothing you scum face !!!! You black ass donkeys are only brave in groups of 5 or 6. We will wipp your sorry for living black asses any time any where,and you of all know it your prick face.
    Go look into the “Boers” history and learn very fast,that at the right time and that f_ck face is not very far from here,the boers gonna take their stand and all hell will break loose,and when its over you again will call me ‘BAAS” !!!!!! And by the way….your black woman stinks like and old pigs ass and not even my dog will try and rape her.

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    1. “Really if you hate whites so much then why are you fucking white women”

      wow!…maybe because you, yo momma or the chicken heads you fly with are too ugly or dirty for me to fuck!

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  3. My statement stands. Fuck you and the the bitch that shit you out! By your bullshit statement his “facts” superceeds mine and because you are offended by my response I want to be European? Suck a dick bitch!

    The one thing every body fears and hate is a African man that does not make concessions and will blast bullshit as it comes. The bottom line is two retrograde from a White Supremacy shitstym takes umbrage with my post comes here to lambast it and does a drive by on mine and all African people’s intelligence and fuckers like you come here and try to check my response?

    Here is the thing step off or be blocked off! You don’t need my shit and I definately do not need yours!

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  4. First of all I am not a European and wise people argue with intelligence and not anger. All you need to do is state the facts. Facts speak for themselves not pure emotion. yours is anger, is your anger at Europeans because you want to be a European because if you didn’t you wouldn’t be so angry, you would be peaceful and calm with who you are. work on your anger instead of lashing out at people who don’t agree with you or maybe even agree with you. Knowledge and wisdom don’t always go together.

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  5. Fuck you too anonymous, this devil did not come here seeking dialogue, he came her defecating his concept of “white superiority”. If you actually read his shit, its intent is/was/ and always will be about denigrating African people. His-story is not only created by the “victor” but in today’s society , by those who control the media.

    This is why various governments and corporations seek to control the internet, which is the last bastion of free thought. And yes! My anger is here to show dogs that not every African fears the Caucasian and can and will do bodily harm to them who steps aggressively into my personal space. Theoretically this bitch ass and the other boar are bitch asses that need “correction” in the most Nat Turner of ways.

    I don’t turn no other cheek and believe if you touch me, verbally or physically I have the right to engage in righteous “cleansing”.

    So be gone, don’t read this blog if I don’t step and fetch for your Eurocentric expectation of how I should respond.

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  6. You have a lot of anger it jumps off the page by your words, work on the source of your anger. The reader of the blog was just stating his opinion as he knows it to be true just as you are. Do you have this blog to share and inform or to bully those that don’t agree with you.

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  7. @john west… you are the typical bottom feeder trolling the internet. An internet tough guy who gets on others blog and try to shit all over it just to satisfy and justify your devils birth right. One day I hope dogs like you can be tracked down and confronted in person. Then we will see how tough you are.

    Not every African is in thrall with Caucasians, enamoured by your culture nor in fear of your devil self. May you get and recieve all that you hope for.

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  8. pieter…dickhead! Yours is a “race” of barbaric, savage, cannibalistic devils living on borrowed time. The fact that you would call yourself a race is indicative of your ignorant, moronic and beastial nature. You and your kind are a bunch of dog fuckers, who have been led to believe in your gunboat superiority by people with the good grace to clean your nasty pus filled self up, fed you and housed you and in turn experienced your “white devil” genocidal acts.

    You see peiter or dickhead; I would not hesitate in recreating Nat Turners revenge on you, your children and your children’s children. The only law I believe in is to fuck you over, for just looking my way….bitch!

    They have Nazi hunters, we Africans need some Boar (pig) hunters.

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    1. Blackmystory:

      The facts of Cuito Cuanavale are:

      SADF Troops Killed – 31 ( Thirty One )
      UNITA Troops Killed – 3000 (three thousand)
      VS
      Cuban/Russian/FAPLA terrorists Killed – 4785 ( Four Thousand seven hundrerd and eighty five)

      Please explain how FAPLA won?

      Funny how you put emphasis on ‘hate’ while you are clearly the racist.

      Did you know that research has shown that the average IQ of a black African is 85 where the average ‘White Masters’ IQ is 100?

      There is a reason why all African led governments are failures, and PLEASE, learn to spell!!!

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  9. You can’t even spell my race’s name. We are called Boers and in Angola we were called Master! You only read articles about the war and you are as stupid as the thousands of dead Cubans and MPLA soldiers in the bush. All who have been forgotten by the so called victors. Go and get some archive material of the war by South African heroes and you will sing another tune, but I know you are a moron already by just reading your spelling of my race.

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