and it’s scary.
In this op-ed piece in the University of Georgia’s independent newspaper Red and Black, university student Paxton Campbell explains to his readers that US-Cuba relations are in need of an update.
I believe it is time for change, including the introduction of new technologies to increase the country’s infrastructure, such as transportation and standard of living.
Mr. Paxton passionately argues that in order to help the oppressed Cuban people, the US must end its embargo against the communist tyranny so that the lives of “low-income” Cubans can be improved. However, like many of the proponents of lifting the embargo, this student completely ignores the real reason behind the malaise of the Cuban population: a corrupt state-run economy that emphasizes enslaving its population to enrich its elite.
But here comes one of the scary parts:
Many of you may recall the Elian Gonzalez story that captured the attention of the American people in 2000. That saga revolved around a fight to keep custody of a boy who left Cuba and lived with his uncle in Miami after his father died on the boat ride from Cuba. After losing the case in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, the boy had to return to Cuba.[emphasis mine]
A simple search of news articles on the Elian affair would have apprised Mr. Paxton that it was Elian’s mother, not his father, who tragically perished in the Florida Straits. It would have also informed this passionate university student that the Clinton administration never allowed the case to be heard in court. But simple facts such as these are irrelevant to the fact that what Cuba really needs is new cars.
Think about this: Cuba has had no new cars imported since the embargo began in 1962.
Really? I guess all those Mercedes-Benz and Toyotas that the tourists have available for rentals are all pre-1963 models. And let us not forget all those pre-1963 Soviet Ladas that still roam the island.
You can almost forgive Mr. Paxton his obvious ignorance regarding the situation in Cuba when you read the first line of his editorial.
For most of us, the only things we know about Cuba are that Dictator Fidel Castro has ruled until recently and it apparently has the best cigars in the world.
Actually, many of us know a little more about Cuba than a dictator named fidel and good cigars. And most of us, Mr. Paxton, would invest a little more time in researching a subject before we write an op-ed piece criticizing it; something you obviously did not do.
One would expect that a university junior majoring in international affairs–the future of this country and the world–would have a better grasp on history and facts. This editorial, however, shows the opposite. And that, my friends, is scary.