Under the following eight conditions. of course:
- That all Cuban political prisoners and prisoners of conscience be released immediately and granted an unconditional amnesty.
- That all Cubans be allowed to move freely within the country.
- That the existing system of apartheid-like segregation be eradicated immediately, specifically that all Cubans be treated as equals to their foreign counterparts, such as “prominent scholars and artists” from abroad.
- That all Cubans be granted access to all sources of uncensored information, whether in broadcast, print, or Internet immediately.
- That all Cubans be granted the freedom to express their opinions freely without fear of repercussions.
- That all Cubans be allowed to travel abroad freely.
- That all Cubans be allowed to live, work, and seek a better life for themselves as they see fit.
- That all Cubans be allowed to elect their leaders through verifiable, transparent democratic elections as allowed for in Cuba’s last legitimate constitution, the Constitution of 1940.
Not unreasonable, I think.
Unless these conditions are met, there is not a single reason on God’s green earth to give fidel, raul and his mafia one dime of US taxpayer money, through the IMF and World Bank — a fait accompli when the embargo is lifted — to continue their fifty year reign of terror on the island. The issue is not one of this policy or that policy; the issue, quite simply, is the freedom of the Cuban people. Are they any less worthy than Afghans and Iraqis? The folly of lifting the embargo without a quid pro quo will doom the Cuban people, the dissidents, and the political prisoners, forever to a system the nefarious forces on the left in America helped create five decades ago.
Anyone who has fallen for the claptrap mouthed by left in this country about Cuba has, effectively, joined with those who have had the blood of Cubans on their hands for decades.