Lots of discussion these days on ending the Embargo !
Our recent visit made us agree that it’s time to normalize relations between the US and Cuba..
The Daily News has been saying that for years, here’s a recent post
The United States of America must end its failed half-century-old embargo on Cuba following President Obama’s momentous decision to restore diplomatic relations with the oppressed and depressed island nation.
Free trade and the free exchange of people and ideas hold far more promise of loosening the Castro dictatorship’s grip than an ossified American policy imposed in the bygone era of the Cold War.
For nearly two decades, the Daily News has urged dropping a blockade that made sense only when Cuba was a puppet of the Soviet Union and a serious security threat 90 miles off Florida.
In 1995, we wrote that the embargo “has created only pain and suffering” while leaving intact a regime that “has been an enemy of democracy.”
Today, it is even clearer that the 54-year political and economic freezeout has categorically failed to benefit Cuban families. In fact, isolation has made their lot worse.
Cuba remains suffocated by a government that imprisons and intimidates dissidents, denies fundamental freedoms of press, worship and political franchise, destroys families and constrains economic liberty.
This wrenching reality dawned on none other than Pope Francis, who, as a bishop, traveled with Pope John Paul II to Cuba in 1998. There, he witnessed a society in ruins, and he would later write scathingly about the destructive effects of communism.
No surprise, then, that Francis helped broker Obama’s restoration of government-to-government communications, along with the freedom of American USAID contractor Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years.
Thanks to the Daily News for the post ! We Agree !
What’s your opinion ?