South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Embargo plays right into Castro's hands
December 24 2006
Doreen Hemlock's story about the U.S. congressional team's visit to Cuba puts into stark relief the good will and genuine concern for the Cuban people of the majority of Americans, and the ignorance of the right-wing Miami Cubans who seem to care much more about their hatred of all things Castro than the families and friends they abandoned in Cuba.
This egocentric and pigheaded bias is particularly evidenced in the recently aired video of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen advocating the assassination of Castro. Nothing has stymied more the evolution of the Cuban people into a strong economy and force for freedom than the U.S. embargo, which played right into the hands of Castro's totalitarian regime in justifying itself and isolating the Cuban people.
The few hundred thousand Miami Cubans do not represent the interests of the 10 million Cuban people. There is a sleeping giant of Cuban economic well-being and force for freedom, which can be effectively unleashed with the end of the U.S. embargo. It's time for Miami Cubans to get over communism, their absurd belief that they have anything to do with the future of Cuba, and express some sense of conscience about the Cuban people by supporting an end to the U.S. embargo against Cuba.