Rewrite Cuban constitution

 

Re Agustin Dominguez’s Jan. 17 column, U.S. policy needs overhaul: It is true that a new approach is needed. The problem rests on deciding which one. However, normalization would be a disaster for the Cuban people.

Policymakers in Washington and the European Union are taking a short view of history. The revolution is simply dying of old age. In a few years, the comandantes historicos who control the island will be gone; it is then that the explosion would take place.

Yet, there is a way to avoid that fatal, final outcome of decades of deprivation and dictatorship. Diplomats don’t seem to grasp that the need to reconcile the opposite forces in Cuba must precede anything else. The country also is in dire need of strong democratic institutions to become viable again.

In truth, the best strategy to tackle the fundamental challenges that Cuba is facing is through a convention of delegates from government and opposition to agree on a new constitution to rule the nation.

Felipe Fernandez, Miami

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