It was supposed to be funny – UPDATED
An export industry attorney in Washington D.C. wrote a little satirical story on his blog titled, “How the OFAC Stole Christmas.” The phony news story reports how the US will not allow Santa to fly his sleigh into the US if he is carrying any toys for children in Cuba since this is a violation of the US embargo laws. I have to hand it to the author; it was an interesting twist to the embargo dilemma, and if it were not for the fact that most Cuban children don’t get toys during Christmas, it would also be funny.
So, trying to remain in the same comedic spirit as the author’s post, I left a comment. I expressed my surprise that Santa was now allowed in Cuba since his Christmas greetings and good cheer would certainly be considered imperialistic propaganda and anti-revolutionary, and would most likely get him thrown in jail or put up against a wall and shot. I thought it was a light-hearted response, but the author of the blog apparently took it a little more personally. Here is part of his response:
And you’d have a point, Alberto, if the unilateral embargo accomplished regime change in Cuba. Sadly, after more than 40 years, it hasn’t. All it has accomplished is to keep people like you happy and to keep you voting for politicians who continue to advocate the embargo. [emphasis mine]
So much for satire.
It gets even more interesting when the next guy comes in and starts labeling Cuban-Americans as “Cuban Colonists.”
You can read the story and comments HERE.
DC attorney and Cuban-American, Jason Poblete, has posted a great response from Santa and his legal staff. Be sure to read it HERE.