August 16, 2007

The Definition of Insanity

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Insanity can best describe US policy towards Cuba. Democratic Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut is advocating a different and more sensible approach.
I want to see the peaceful transition to democracy occur on the Island of Cuba in my life time.

That isn't going to happen if we continue the misguided policies of the last forty-six years. We must open the flood gates to contacts with the Cuban people. We must remove restrictions on the ability of Cuban Americans to provide financial assistance to their loved ones. Even small sums of money in the hands of ordinary Cuban families can serve as catalysts for private investment to gain a foothold in Cuba. [..]

For more than forty-six years, the United States has maintained an isolationist policy toward Cuba, which I believe has not achieved its intended objectives, namely to hasten a peaceful and democratic transition on the Island of Cuba. Rather, it has solidified the authoritarian control of Fidel Castro, and has adversely affected the already miserable living conditions of 11 million innocent men, women, and children on the Island.
This won’t win him votes in Florida within the Cuban community, but Senator Dodd is correct. I appalled the Senator on taking this stand while many of this counterparts running for President rather pander to Cuban community and offer anti-Castro rhetoric without any solutions.


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