It’s not easy being an anti-embargo proponent

Supporting the US embargo against Cuba’s dictatorship is easy; we have justice, liberty, and undeniable history on our side. For those in the US who oppose the embargo, however, it is the complete opposite.

In fashioning their arguments, anti-embargo advocates must ignore justice, they must ignore liberty, and worst of all, they must close their eyes to the historical realities of the vile Castro dictatorship. Nonetheless, with so much money to be made on the backs of the enslaved Cuban people, the anti-embargo proponents are not willing to give up that easily. No matter how nonsensical or insensitive their arguments are to the memory of the tens of thousands of Cubans that have given their lives fighting the very regime these proponents want to reward, they forge ahead hoping to eventually cash in on Cuba’s misery.

The Ft. Myers News-Press has an editorial today which illustrates perfectly the conundrum the anti-embargo advocates must deal with whenever they try to justify the unjustifiable. With no credible argument available to them, and with decades of history working against them, they are reduced to contradicting themselves with twisted and mangled logic in the hopes that in all their confusing and contradictory rhetoric, they manage to pick off a new ill-informed supporter or two.

Within the first few paragraphs of this editorial, the News-Press manages to bury itself in a mountain of what can only be described as bull feces (emphasis mine):

The more people from free countries who visit Cuba, the more trade conducted with the dictatorship, the better.

The United States should further relax trade and travel restrictions to the island nation, and Cuban-Americans and others should take full advantage of opportunities to visit and trade with Cuba.

We do not say that in a naive faith that reduced isolation will transform Cuban repression into freedom. Western tourists have been visiting Castro’s Cuba for decades, and U.S. businesses have been active there for years, with no real reform. The Cuban government’s recent agreement to release 52 political prisoners is probably no more than another cruel tease.

Cuba’s own leaders and people will have to bring change if it ever comes; even then, economic reform may leave the repressive communist political monopoly in place, as was the case in China.

But China is a better, freer place today because it was allowed and encouraged to engage the world economically and diplomatically. Same for the former Soviet Union. The people’s desire for a better material life became an irresistible force for change, and that change has opened the door – if only a bit – to greater personal freedom.

Amazing: We should do business with the dictatorship and yes, we know, it will not do much of anything to help the Cuban people realize freedom or remove the yoke of oppression from their necks.

But, if the Cuban people are lucky, the News-Press editorial staff tells its readers, perhaps, just maybe, the Cuban people will get a few new personal freedoms, “if only a bit.” Then Cuba can become the Caribbean version of China where you still have an oppressive dictatorship, you still have people imprisoned for speaking out, you still have people beaten and harassed for thinking differently, but now you have a few more members in the elite class helping the dictatorship maintain the enslavement of the Cuban people.

One hell of a plan, don’t you think? Makes total sense.

2 thoughts on “It’s not easy being an anti-embargo proponent”

  1. “Cuba’s own leaders and people will have to bring change if it ever comes; even then, economic reform may leave the repressive communist political monopoly in place, as was the case in China.”

    And, needless to say, this is OK. This is good enough. For Cubans, obviously. Not, repeat, NOT, for blacks in South Africa, who absolutely, positively HAD to be freed from apartheid, not by their “own leaders and people,” but by the entire fucking world. And freed they were. But Cubans? Uh, sorry. No can do. It’s strictly their problem. We have profit to make.

    And there are still Cubans counting on the kindness of strangers. Sheesh.

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