Caribbean presents a case study in human exploitation, slavery, rebellion, and misery since its colonization by the Spanish in the early 16th century. Several slave uprisings were brutally put down before slavery was abolished in 1866. The forces of the English Crown occupied island of Cuba briefly in the 1760’s during the Seven Years War, but agreed to give it back to Cuba in trade for the Spain territory, which was eventually ceded to the Florida after the War of 1812. U.S.
At the end of the Spanish-American War in 1899,
was governed briefly by the Cuba . A Cuban republic was established in 1902. The hapless, exploited, and impoverished Cuban people have been in bloody resistance and revolt ever since, with one corrupt dictator after another, both fascist and communist, in charge. United States
General Batista, backed by the Cuban army, took power in 1933, and again in 1952, treating the treasury of the country and the Cuban economy like his own private piggy bank, while the common people continued to suffer in repression and abject squalor. Fidel Castro led a long and bloody communist popular revolt, eventually causing Batista to flee the country in 1959. The common people of
have fared little better under his half century of communist autocratic dictatorship. Cuba
, which supported the thoroughly corrupt Batista regime, is still trying to get rid of Castro and the communists, who have the temerity to exist in power only 90 miles off our shores. President Eisenhower, in 1960, ordered the United States CIA to train Cuban exiles for a covert invasion of . Later that year, Cuba nationalized all Cuba businesses there. The U.S. imposed a trade embargo on U.S. . Cuba
President Kennedy got a bloody nose in April, 1961, when his aforementioned
CIA trained Cuban exiles led the Bay of Pigs invasion which was crushed by Castro forces. All this was followed by the 1962 Cuban Missile crises after was caught trying to install ballistic nuclear missiles aimed at the Russia In the ensuing blockade and standoff confrontation between the U.S. and U.S. , the planet narrowly avoided nuclear annihilation. Russia
Since then there as been no love lost between the governments of the
and U.S. . The trade embargo blockade has persisted for nearly 50 years, the average Cuban is still impoverished, and ordinary Americans are prohibited by the federal government from visiting the communist ruled island, much less trading with its inhabitants. Cuba
Cuba is the only country in the world suffering this xenophobic U.S. distinction. We can go to China, North Korea, or Vietnam; we can even go to Russia, who threatened us with mass nuclear incineration. We can go to every authentic political hell-hole in the Middle East, from Afghanistan to Yemen, but we can’t go on holiday in sunny tropical Havana. This despite the fact that the current Cuban government is anxious to restore normal relations and ties with Americans. We have diplomatic relations with every communist country on the planet except Cuba.
Now the Obama Administration has magnanimously announced that some students seeking academic credit, as well as representatives of churches, and synagogues traveling for religious purposes will be permitted to go to
. The government will also let Americans send a limit of $2,000 a year to Cuban citizens not part of the Castro administration and not members of the Communist Party. The changes don’t need congressional approval. Cuba
Such token concessions are discriminatory and disingenuous. Why should students and religionists of all people have special travel privileges? Why not tourists, businessmen, and spring breakers? Why can’t we enjoy Cuban cigars at home and by the pool in
? Why can’t we trade goods and services with Havana , our close Caribbean neighbor? Why must we suffer for the folly of grasping politicians and a few rich Cuban refugees still bent on revenge? Cuba
It’s all about saving the imperial U.S. Giant’s national face because he failed for 50 long years to get rid of Fidel Castro, the little communist fly. Castro foiled the
invasion of U.S. , eluded every grab at his power and attempt on his life for over 50 years, and has managed to pass on the commie baton to his younger brother, Raul, in his feeble old age. Cuba
The imperial giant tried to democratize the little fly by force and intimidation, as it is always wont to do, but lost. Raul Castro wants to reconcile but the U.S. government is still smarting from its slap in the face defeat after all this time and wants to huff, puff, and pout awhile longer.
government should admit and get used to that. The menace of communism is cured with liberty and free markets, not trade embargos, closed borders, and xenophobia. United States and free markets brought down the Liberty Soviet Union. Communist regimes usually crumble and fall eventually of their own weight.
The same fate has been observed throughout history with corrupt fascist and imperialist regimes, which was the case in Czarist Russia as well before the communists. Russians, though just as corrupt as ever, are only now learning the financial benefits of free markets.
Whether you leave it alone or engage it, communism doesn’t work nearly as well as free markets. The
should know that by now. United States of America