Cuban relations


December 16, 2016

Having sailed past Cuba on several cruises, it represented the unreachable destination in the Caribbean. It was only 90 miles from Key West but a million miles distant in ideology and human rights.

As a youth in the ‘60s, I was as concerned about the future of America as I am today. We were then, as now, in the throes of a civil rights crisis, threatened by political unrest in this country, and imperiled by nuclear weapons of unknown accuracy and capability.

Considering the tumultuous past relations with the Castro regime and 50 years of unacceptance and isolation, we should certainly approach the new leadership with caution. The normalization of relations with the island dictatorship should continue to move forward, and with the death of Fidel Castro perhaps the people will finally tire of the cultivation of anti-American propaganda that has crippled Cuba’s economy.

There are those who will argue that high rates of literacy, educational enrollment, low levels of crime and infant mortality, universal health care and low levels of crime paint a picture of equality, but decades of the denial of free speech, travel restriction and arbitrary arrests have made the island a prison.

Someone will write a book and the movie should be very educational. Of more importance to the Cuban people, Castro’s death may lead to policy changes that will open the island to tourism and access for all parties concerned to the exchange of ideas and trade that has long been denied by oppression.


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