February 21, 2006

How To NOT Make Contact

Cuba will not negotiate with the U.S. until Guantánamo Bay is returned to the island.

The U.S. will not end the embargo until Castro brothers (Fidel and Raul) is no longer part of the Cuban government.

During the Cuban wars for separation from Spain, the Spanish empire would not enter into negotiations with the Rebel Government until the rebels laid down their arms. Of course, the rebels would’ve been foolish to lay down their arms based on the empire’s promise of “dialogue.”

There’s always a condition for doing the right thing, and many “reasons” and “good excuses” for keeping things the way they are.

Over the years, the reasons for ending the economic embargo against Cuba have changed with the wind, and there’s no point in expecting that humanitarian issues will ever become the center of US-Cuba relations.

In 1976, U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger asserted that there could be no U.S. relations with Cuba while Cuban troops are in Africa.

Today it seems that the World Baseball Classic is the best we can hope for.



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