Ok, this is inspired by many of the responses to Obamas move towards normalizing relations with Cuba. Including the WaPo’s editorial piece here.
I am not in denial of the myriad of problems in Cuba.Nor of the abuses.
But I must ask- what role our own actions played in all of this? How different may things have been if America did not spend decades do everything it could to undermine any alternative economic (and related political) system in the world? If Cuba had never faced constant threat of violence. If it’s leaders did not face constant threat of murder. If America had honored it’s capitalist ideals- allowing trade- not just from american countries but from any country that wanted to do business with US companies?
To have anything approaching an honest conversation, we MUST ask ourselves what role did we play? What evil became as a sole result of reaction to our narrowminded actions? And of course- we also gave them “an enemy”. I, as no one does, or could, have any idea how things might have been differnet without our actions- and their responses to them. But we also gave them a bulwark against their own failures- an enemy to blame for their failures or drastic actions.
It is long past time that our country take accountability for our actions. And honestly discuss how these actions often cause as many problems, if not more, then they solve. That we ourselves play a makor role in creating the problems that plague us.
And, as a somewhat related aside, I wonder what normalized relations with Cuba would mean for our immigration debate? Surely it will mean the end of the unique policy (feet wet/feet dry) where every cuban who makes it on to US soil automatically gains citizenship.