Dealing with Communist dictatorships – Cuban Embargo
Communism may not be the enemy, dictatorships are. Communism may be the enemy when individual rights and liberties are trampled by dictatorial governments. Fidel Castro is a communist dictator of a little island that would bear no significance if it were not so close to the US shores and if it were not being used by large communist states to export their brand of governance.
The USSR used Cuba in the Cold War. That is over. When Fidel is gone and his brand of leadership, the gates will open. It is worth holding your breath.
“At 50, Cuban trade embargo is not aging well
By Al Kamen
Friday, August 6, 2010
The half-century-old Cuban trade embargo has seen better days. For its first 30 years, when the Castro crowd was in cahoots with the Soviets -- even welcomed nukes 90 miles from Florida -- the embargo enjoyed widespread support.
The collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago undermined the Cold War rationale for the effort. International and domestic support steadily eroded. Even Bay of Pigs veteran Francisco J. Hernandez, head of the hard-line Cuban American National Foundation, last year undercut the once-sacred embargo, not calling for ending it but calling it "a symbol'' and "not something that is that important anymore."
But you're in very deep trouble when none other than Soldier of Fortune magazine blasts the embargo in an article headlined "Fifty Years of Failure: Petrified U.S. Policy Toward Cuba."
Worse, the lead author of the piece, coming out in the October issue, is Jay Mallin, a former Latin America reporter for the Washington Times and news director of Radio Marti during the Reagan administration. (His co-author is former Miami Herald Latin America editor Don Bohning, who covered Cuba and the region for many years.)
The embargo "is essentially an absurdity that accomplishes nothing," they write, and "has been a boon to the Castro government, providing a handy excuse" for its failures. They recount arguments, usually spouted by the libs, for changing course.”