Fifty years ago this year, Fidel Castro took power in Cuba. Thirty-seven years ago, President Nixon visited the hard line communist regime of China in an attempt to normalize relations. Within the past decade, the United States has had direct negotiations with the communist dictatorship in North Korea and yet to this day, the U.S. still holds an embargo over Cuba. Why? What purpose does such an embargo serve in today’s modern world? We have diplomatically engaged far more dangerous regimes than Cuba. We have trade relations with regimes similar to Cuba. The Cold War ended in 1991 but this remnant to it remains. Lately there has been some talk about Obama’s future policy towards Cuba and I might have a suggestion for the President Elect in that regard… get rid of it. Get rid of the embargo and normalize relations just as Nixon did with China.
Some in the anti-Castro Cuban movement would no doubt be against such a move… but in reality what victory will Castro have gained by this? Past evidence in the form of China and the Soviet Union would suggest that by engaging in trade with communist countries those countries in question tend to see a moderation of the communist stranglehold on the economy. Once that stranglehold is lost, an eventual undermining of the dominate ideology could very likely follow just as it did in the countries noted above. Perhaps Cuba may never be fully rid of communism… but in reality is that such a bad thing? If the people are satisfied with their government should that not be enough? The embargo does nothing but garner more unnecessary ill-will towards the United States… be rid of it Mr. Obama its purpose for existence has long since passed.