I’m a Cuban American and Pedro Pan child refugee. I struggled for four years without my parents and I despised Fidel Castro. I wholeheartedly supported the Cuban embargo. Fortunately, my wounds healed and I become both objective and pragmatic about the viability of said policy.
The Cuban embargo doesn’t work. It is still supported by senior Cubans and not-so-senior politicians who benefit from what is obviously a mixture of spite and wounded pride. Yes, it is also supported by people who, like myself, were personally wounded by the Cuban revolution and can’t possibly get over it, such as political prisoners. However, it is not a logical, reasonable or intelligent policy to uphold.
Those who claim it is the only weapon we have to indict Cuba for its lack of human rights forget that the cry for such rights, anywhere, is always more effective coming from within. Without an embargo, our chances of helping Cubans in the island attain that goal would proliferate.
Luis David Losada, Miami