Fidel is leaving, but our policy remains the same, hypocrisy manifested

So Fidel is resigning, that communist bogeyman in our backyard will no longer be in control.  You might think this would change our policy, end the embargo, but no, that would be requiring us to be consistent in our foreign policy and that won’t happen.  According to the AP we have this from Dubya,

“They’re the ones who suffered under Fidel Castro,” Bush told a news conference in Rwanda. “They’re the ones who were put in prison because of their beliefs. They’re the ones who have been denied their right to live in a free society. So I view this as a period of transition and it should be the beginning of the democratic transition in Cuba.”

“Eventually, this transition ought to lead to free and fair elections — and I mean free, and I mean fair — not these kind of staged elections that the Castro brothers try to foist off as true democracy,” Bush said. “The United States will help the people of Cuba realize the blessings of liberty.”

Shouldn’t free and fair elections be those that represent the people.

  • This could lead to socialist governments like Hugo Chavez, who will remain bogeyman #2 (or he might move up to #1) in Latin America, but didn’t we support a coup attempt against him?
  • Elections could lead to undesirable results like Hamas winning in Palestine, or Hezbollah in Lebanon, our aid to Palestine dried up because we didn’t like the results.
  • Or we could support those non-democratic leaders like Musharraf in Pakistan who became a leader via coup, because he is “helping” us fight the war on terror.
  • Or advocate better trade relations (kind of the opposite of an embargo) with China which has sham elections and is also communist county like Cuba.  And they invaded Tibet, have cracked down on a religion.

It is time for the embargo to end.  This policy is holding our democracy hostage to Cuban Americans hatred of the Cuban government.  If we truly believed that democracy was the ideal result in Cuba, we would tear down this wall that is an embargo and expose the Cuban populace to the advantages of our economic model and our democratic process.

You will hear a lot of reasons for maintaining the embargo and a majority if not all of them will come from Cuban-Americans that lost property when Castro came to power.  They shouldn’t dictate America’s foreign policy.

-Josh

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