Notwithstanding the pedanticism of this editorial by Julia Sweig at Real Clear Politics, titled “fidel’s Final Victory,” if you took the time to labor through it, you would learn a few things.
First, that Cuba’s problems all derive not from the country’s ruling dictatorship, but from Washington DC and the Cuban exile community. You will also learn that political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are basically par for the course, given that only one sentence is devoted to the subject in an editorial that is as lengthy as it is myopic.
You’ll also learn that Cuban leaders are not only doing a bang up job but that the author of the piece has met with every single one of them and is on a first name basis with same.
You’ll learn about the great healthcare – despite the fact that Cuban in exile have to supply their families with everything from aspirins to bed sheets – and the hundred percent literacy. The lowest infant mortality rate boast is also tossed in for good measure, ignoring the obvious: Cuba has the highest abortion rate in the hemisphere.
You will also learn that lifting the embargo and trade sanctions are the answer to all of Cuba’s ills, but you will not learn how it is, exactly, that this will come about.
I could, as the editorial does, go on and on and on. But I wont, because I live in reality and not some self-absorbed intellectual echo chamber.