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PostFor Cuba, 62 Years of Sanctions Have Not Worked (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/22/21 3:19 am)
Very interesting and understandable post from Francisco Wong-Díaz, 21 March.
All WAISers know my enmity (to phrase it mildly) to the policies of Marxism-Socialism, Stalinism, and useful idiots, but not necessarily towards the persons embracing such ideologies, with whom I may even have a good personal friendship.
The US policy of sanctions against Cuba has not been the solution. After 62 years we may say that it has been a great failure with a lot of pain and death as collateral damage. The sanctions are an act of war against the Cuban people as a whole, but the Castro circle is not suffering because of them.
Most probably if a wise policy had been implemented by the US from the very beginning, there is the theoretical possibility that Fidel would not have sided with the USSR, but this is another old story.
On the contrary, by abandoning sanctions and opening a policy of fair commerce and exchange of visitors, the political situation could improve considerably. The policy of the good American carried out by some enlightened persons is the correct, extremely commendable attitude.
Furthermore, if I were a Cuban living in Cuba, first I would fight against the foreign imperialism that places sanctions, and then against the internal dictator (granted, this is not easy). I assume that Cubans may have the same feelings; therefore it confirms that the sanctions are always wrong.
Furthermore, never ask for foreign bayonets to solve your internal political problems, as with their arrival the problems are not solved but in the long run, become worse.
JE comments: The age-old question of diplomacy: Do sanctions hurt the people they are supposed to? Or on the other hand, is engagement the most effective instrument of change? Francisco Wong-Díaz, next, is a strong advocate of the first approach.
A counterexample to Cuba sanctions has been the world's policy towards China. No amount of "opening up," even allowing that nation to make the world's stuff, has brought democracy or lessened the regime's iron grip on its citizens.