Letters to the Editor

Embargo an impediment

Former Ambassador James Cason is right in his Aug. 13 Other Views column, More tourists won’t change Cuba.

By themselves, tourists will not, but that’s only a part of the rationale for ending the decades-old embargo against the island.

More important reasons include eliminating the boogeyman used regularly by the Castro regime to explain away the country’s economic woes.

Without the embargo, the Castro brothers will no longer have any excuses for a poor economy, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to popular protest.

In addition, the embargo prevents humanitarian groups from working effectively in Cuba. I went to Cuba in November 2013 as part of a Lutheran mission to help the fledgling church there. The embargo not only impedes money transfers, but renders all but impossible the importation of goods that could help the church in a meaningful way.

Finally, Cason mentioned the Democratic Charter of the Organization of American States, which thus far has only been invoked on three occasions, all of which led to upheavals.

The hard truth is nothing will change in Cuba until both Castros have passed away. But that should not stop us from engaging Cuba now.

The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Boudon, Miami

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