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Fight for one’s homeland there


Fabiola Santiago is on target in her Feb. 26 column, Venezuelans should heed lessons from Cuban exiles. The dismal policies of economic sanctions and offering asylum to those who want to flee their country will not topple an unwanted regime. On the contrary, they will bolster the strength of those in power, as has been the case in Cuba.

Furthermore, asylum encourages people to leave or keep away from their country rather than stay and fight for what is right. It’s so easy to come to the promised land and leave one’s troubled country behind — “Not my job.”

Surely, fighting in one’s homeland for its future good will cause untold casualties. It is happening in the Ukraine, Egypt and Syria. It happened during the civil war in Spain, and it has happened throughout history.

People did not run, but stayed and fought hard. Yet a successful outcome came quickly in comparison to the 54 years of unending ineffectiveness plaguing Cuba. It takes boots on the ground. There are people in the United States who understand this. Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Joe Garcia are not among them.

Peter P. Baljet, Miami

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