The writer of the recent commentary in the Another Voice column, “Group advocates for a stable, sensible policy on Cuba,” rightfully registered her disappointment in “the ramping up (by the government) of the economic blockade and threatening to end many of the possibilities for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba under license.”
The blockade, which has existed for more than 50 years, is hypocritical victimization of Cuba’s citizens via its crippling impact on their quality of life. TV news stories have spotlighted the 1950s cars that are typically being driven and some trains have rubber wheels replacements, as a result.
The injustice is glaring! Figuratively, in the United States, everything but oxygen is imported from China, a Communist Republic. Unlike the vilified Communist Cuba, it had a renewable most favoured nation (MFN) status – which provided access to U.S. markets. Congress, in 2000, essentially, rebranded the designation to “permanent normal trade relations” (PNTR). That’s a more comfortable title for our democratic country’s closeness with China which has the legacy of the brutality during the Tiananmen Square protests.
The newly empowered Democrats, in the House, should put fair treatment of Cuba among its priorities. The longevity of unwarranted punishment is unconscionable.