The Bush administration is clamping down on travel to Cuba. Americans traveling to Cuba, legally or illegally, face stiff fines and penalties upon their return.
This is excellent news. Some Americans may see this as an encroachment on their right to travel freely and if thats the case, so be it. The more travel dollars that go to Cuba, the more money Fidel has to opress his people and export his revolutionary dogma throughout the Americas and the rest of the world.
Also now prohibited are the “people to people cultural exchanges” implemented naively by the Clinton administration.
Merri Ansara, director of Common Ground Education Travel of Cambridge states: “It was the only way ordinary people could go who simply wanted to learn more about Cuba, about the embargo, about the situation,”
This is absurd. These educational trips were nothing more than cheap vacations disguised as cultural exchanges.
“It was creating dialogue,” added Laura Sitkin, marketing coordinator for Common Ground. “The dialogue was changing American policy.”
The dialogue was changing American Policy. But what about Cuban policy? What about Cubans right to travel? Their right to travel freely about their own country? What about their right to express opinion? To worship in thier own faith? To learn about the world outside of Cuba on their own? Is this not as important?
Far be it for me to promote infringement upon others rights. But I have a solution, for every American tourist that is allowed to go to Cuba, let the Cuban government allow one Cuban to visit the US. That seems fair doesn’t it? One for one.
Heh. Don’t pack your Cuba bags just yet folks.
Besides, I hear there are other islands in the Carribean.