Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Katrina vanden Heuvel: The U.S. should end the Cuban embargo

Tuesday, July 2, 8:15 p.m. Washington Post

Is there a greater example of utter folly than America’s superannuated policy toward Cuba? During more than 50 years corrupted by covert actions, economic sabotage, travel bans and unending embargo, the United States managed to make Castro and Cuba an international symbol of proud independence. Intent on isolating Cuba, Washington has succeeded only in isolating itself in its own hemisphere. Intent on displacing Fidel Castro, the U.S. enmity only added to his nationalist credentials.


JG: Katrina is the publisher and editor of the Nation magazine. 

On December 10, 2005 I started Cuba Journal. My aim was to get on top of my soap box and oppose the hatred of the Miami fascists. I opposed Dubbya as strongly as I oppose Barack Obama now, after voting for him in 2008. I did not make the same mistake in 2012.

1 comment:

morepowertothepeople said...

Travel to Cuba should be an experience that many Americans will enjoy. Having visited there twice, I found it to be an eye opener. What is Obama and the rest of the powers that be afraid of? Church groups, travel clubs interest groups, Universities and other education institutions should discuss a cultural visit to that tropical Island and see for themselves what they find. When the Military and corrupt Batista regime terrorized the population our government had no problem with the torture, prisons and executions.
Cuba was then a Gambling Mecca that wealthy north Americans flocked to. Go visit Veradaro beach and then come back and show your friends and relatives the pictures you took. It will blow their mind! The only people being hurt by this illegal and immoral boycott are the very Cuban people we claim to want to help. Other South, Latin and Canadian Americans are enjoying all Cuba has to offer. Europeans, Africans, and Asian tourists can be found all over the Island. Other countries are investing in hotels, restaurants and other institutions.
As a practical matter, I think it was the Beatles singing "Back in the USSR" in Red Square and Blue jeans that really tore down the "Iron Curtain".