In the Herald yesterday, an editorial was published calling for the lifting of the US embargo against Cuba’s totalitarian dictatorship. It was written by a California congressman, Michael Honda, and the congressman used 829 words arranged into 13 paragraphs to make his argument for the removal of the embargo. In the editorial, the congressman used the same talking points and arguments that anti-embargo proponents have been using for years: the embargo marginalizes US business interests; it makes us look bad before our Latin American neighbors; it is an anachronistic policy, etc.
Conspicuously missing from congressman’s 13-paragraph, 829-word treatise, however, is any mention whatsoever of the Castro regime’s 5-decade-long assault on Cuba’s civil society. The congressman made no mention of the murders, the beatings, the imprisonments, and the suffocating oppression that has plagued Cuba consistently, with no sign of abatement, since January 1, 1959.
Within those 13 paragraphs there was also no mention of the more recent atrocities on the island such as the harassment of the Ladies in White, or the Black Spring 2003, or Orlando Zapata Tamayo. The congressman weaved an 829-word commentary on the current situation in Cuba without mentioning Oscar Elias Biscet, or Darsi Ferrer, or even Guillermo Fariñas. He did find space, however, to remind the readers that although Cuba is a “poor nation,” it does have 100% literacy and free health care.
In my honest and humble opinion, Congressman Honda missed an opportunity to make his editorial more concise and to the point. By using so many words and so many paragraphs, he clouds his true message regarding Cuba and the embargo. In reality, there are three sentences and 29 words in the piece that boil down the congressman’s editorial to its core message.
[T]here’s money to be made, and Cubans welcome participation. While the United States disengages, countries like Brazil, Russia, Venezuela and China are talking. We are clearly missing investment opportunities.
That is right, Congressman Honda, “there is money to be made” in Cuba. And as long as it remains a nation of slaves run by a despotic slave master, that will enhance the opportunities of American businesses to make money. All this superfluous and confusing talk of human rights, murders, and severe oppression only serves to obfuscate the truly important message that “there is money to be made” in Cuba.