Thursday, August 24, 2006

U.S. should let Cuba run its own country

The Birmingham News

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Fidel Castro's illness and dismount from power give America a grand, new opportunity: By not interfering in Cuba's transition process, the United States could help the Cuban government maintain its stability, thereby steadying the Cuban people.

Also, by ending the embargo and travel restrictions, we could further benefit the Cuban people, as well as our own citizens, including numerous farmers and merchants. Finally, by minding our own business and letting Cuba be Cuba, we could begin restoring our international reputation, expelling our most-hated-nation status and regaining the world's sympathy we enjoyed in the weeks after 9/11.

Moreover, unlike our actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, we could achieve all of these positive aims without spending a dime. In doing so, let us not forget: All that is necessary for the triumph of good is that good people do right. In this case, to do right is simple, inexpensive and just: Let Cuba run its own country, and let us run ours.

Jay Higginbotham

Society Mobile-La Habana

Mobile, Alabama

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JG: What a great letter! Miami, are you listening?

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