Let's give Cuba a break
we could have a friend next door
The cold war ended in 1990 when they took down the Berlin Wall. The Cuban missile crisis was way back in 1962. Communist China, the most populous country in the world, and a nuclear power, is now our biggest trading partner. Every year we import billions of dollars worth of trade products from them. China owns a big chunk of American real estate. And Vietnam, where we fought a tragic war that cost some 58,000 American lives, is still communist, and is a place lots of Americans choose to go for vacations.
But Cuba is off limits. And one time it was a favorite tourist spot for Americans. After all, it is on our doorstep, just some 90 miles from Key West. Now, we can’t go there unless we slip in through Mexico. We put other economic restrictions on them as well. I don’t know if it is accurate to call our policy a “blockade”, but certainly we do all we can to harass this little and poor island nation.
Who are we hurting? The Cuban people, not the Castros.
What are we afraid of - communism? Is communism a lure that would draw anyone away from capitalism and free enterprise, away from freedom of thought, speech, the right to vote for our leaders? I don’t think so.
The Cuban American community in Florida has tremendous political clout, as we have seen in recent national elections. And, apparently, even after more than a half century of relentless pressure, that think we still shouldn’t let up on Cuba. Maybe they think someday Cuba will go back to happier(?) days like the ones when the dictator, Batista, ran things. Maybe they think that if democracy comes their relatives in Cuba will have a better life. They may be right, but meanwhile their isolation policy only continues to make life difficult there.
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