Beautiful Havana, the capital of Cuba
Picture credit: Vgenecr
In a move that I believed would never happen in my lifetime, resuming relations with a tiny country just 90 miles offshore from Florida, the President of this Country, has just changed the political status of our two countries once again.
The Island Nation of Cuba has until today, been rejected, cut off and shunned by us for more than 50 years.
This has always struck me as two-faced, as we have had, although frosty at times, relations with other Communist Countries, like China, Russia and Viet Nam for many years and this seemed a pretty cold-hearted way to treat this once much admired and loved Island Nation just to our South.
In our efforts to punish the Castro Regime, we ended up instead, mostly hurting only the people.
Yes, there will still be problems, diplomatic and political issues to be worked out, but with this new thinking, the thousands of Cubans who already live here, may soon be able to finally go home and see family that they had lost all hope of ever seeing again.
The fact that we should be willing to treat Cuba as well as we do the others, was so long in coming for some fairly ugly reasons, they did not, as do the others we have kept relations with, have anything that we want.
We tend to only ” forgive” those who have a product or “other” that we can use to our benefit.
As for this day, today people were exchanged, secrets were kept secret and assurances may have been made.
Will this be the first step in Global efforts to embrace our differences with the other smaller nations who like Cuba, offer us little more than trade benefits?
Hopefully other big Nations will begin to think about the Humanitarian reasons to also engage.
As President Obama said today, none of the reasons for cutting our ties with Cuba have had either much impact, or truly changed the situation.
America’s total and complete embargo of Cuba, failed to achieve the desired results.
So, millions have suffered for more than fifty years, for little more than pride and vanity on both sides.
The Castro Regime and the Americans at the helm here, both dug in their heels and innocent people on both shores have suffered.
Each and every week here in Florida, boats are washed ashore with those who risk all, just for the chance to either be free, or to rejoin other family members here.
Historically, the impact of Cuban people here in America is legendary.
They have representation in every imaginable aspect of our Culture from the arts, in film, and music, and especially in sports, they are extremely well represented in all professions and every corner of our American society.
They are also quite well represented in our political forums and as with all who come here, the great joys of political freedom, also comes with tinges of pain, when thinking of those that are left behind.
Now, on this day, President Obama, working with many others including the Government of Cuba, has changed all of this.
For the people from Cuba, more than fifty long and painful years will hopefully soon come to an end and Cubans can rejoice with those of us who have friends and family from the Cuban Nation.
It is looking good just now because starting today, we will renew a friendship that has been painfully put on hold.
Once again America and Cuba can be allies for their people with a potential prospect for Peace.
Let freedom ring.
I for one, am thrilled at the imminent good things yet to come.
Yes, we can, America and Cuba, Sí, se puede!
Places to learn more:
Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba
Cuba releases American Alan Gross, paves way for historic easing of American sanctions
President Obama’s statement on Cuba policy change
Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba
December 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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Si, se puede!!
December 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM
Forever and always!
December 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM
Perhaps the problem all along has been caused by the embarrassment Pres. Kennedy felt after the Bay of Pigs invasion that blew up in his face. That was the reason for the rift, and was also the reason for our involvement in Viet Nam. If this country would stop trying to fight everyone in the world, and just stay home and solve our own problems, like starvation, homelessness, joblessness, low paying jobs, bringing jobs home from other countries, paying people a just wage for what they do…..But no, for some reason our fearless leaders would rather take on the problems of every other country in the world while the people in this country suffer. Ah, now I’m getting angry again. Sorry, I’ll get off my soap box now.
December 18, 2014 at 7:20 AM
Agree completely. Stay up there, you get it!