February 18, 1994
If it’s now OK to
begin trading with Vietnam, and I think we should, then why are we
continuing to wage a human rights war against the people of Cuba?
To my knowledge, with the
exception of the CIA bungled Bay of Pigs invasion, no American forces
have died in Cuba for a very long time. While Fidel Castro is still
painted as a communist, we all know that the long-dreaded communist
threat is gone. There is no Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union no longer
exists. Throughout Eastern Europe, the former bastion of many communist
countries, we have openly and quickly moved to increase relationships
and establish trade.
Surly, Washington can longer
fear anything from Cuba. The continued pressure against this country
and our neighbors because of Castro is the absolute height of folly.
Besides Castro there are hundreds of thousands of innocent Cubans who
have long endured the mighty fist of America. It’s time we
stopped being a bully. Drop the restrictions, open the trade and
embrace the Cubans as our North American brothers. There is little
wrong with the way Castro runs his country. He has a higher level of
education than we do. The Cuban medical system is one of the best in
the world. Their infant mortality rate is much lower than ours.
Regardless of the propaganda we are fed from Washington, Castro is
still revered by the bulk of the Cuban citizens. Is his espousing of
his political doctrines and views really any different from that of any
other government including our own?
In Panama we killed
thousands to “get” Noriega. In Cuba we have punished
hundreds of thousands to “get” Castro. It’s time we
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