Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cuba is our neighbor again!

Well, Cuba has always been our geographic neighbor, however, for decades our relationship with Cuba has been aything but neighborly. Several weeks ago I was very pleased to hear that President Obama was talking like he wanted to lift the embargo. In case you did not know, the US has not had any trade with Cuba and we did not even have any direct flights allowed between the US and Cuba, not to mention Cuba was kicked out of the Organization of American States (OAS) back in the early 1960's. They have been largely ostracized as a nation by the rest of the Americas, particularly the US, for nearly fifty years as a result of Cold War strife and lingering post-Cold War sentiments as well as the fact that Fidel Castro turned out to be a big lying Marxist who misled the entire diplomatic world along with his own people as he seized power (but that is a different, MUCH longer story).

Now the tide has changed. Last year Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother because of his failing health. Obama was elected President with the intent of largely improving international relations. Many more of the countries within the Americas are developing more Leftist govenrments. Put it all together and -BAM- we can be friends with Cuba again!

I thought that Robert Wood, US State Department Deputy Spokeman, put it well when he said, "The historic action taken today eliminates a distraction from the past and allows us to focus on the realities of today."- regarding the re-admittance of Cuba into the OAS.

I think that this is really good news for Cubans and families of Cubans who have been struggling for years thanks to some lingering ill will towards Castro decades ago in a war that, in my mind, ought to be long-since gotten over.

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