Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Recent Thoughts: On Cuba

On Cuba: It’s long past time that we normalized relations with Cuba. For decades, we have been punishing Cuba for frightening us by harboring Soviet missiles in the 1960’s, and for trying to export Communist revolution to Angola in the 1970’s. Cuba policy has been crafted to satisfy the South Florida voting block of Cuban emigres who justifiably hate the Castros like poison, but it’s never been sensible to let such a small tail wag the big dog of US foreign policy.

Ironically, we forgave the Soviet Union for the missile crisis by accepting “Glasnost” in the 1980’s, which helped speed up the crumbling of that entity. Meanwhile, we have made trading partners, if not exactly comfortable neighbors, out of China and Vietnam. I believe that if we had extended Glasnost to Cuba at the same time we did to the Soviet Union, relations with Cuba would be at least as good as with Vietnam, and probably much better.

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