Re Jaime Suchlicki’s Oct. 23 Other Views column, No deal with Castro if he’s unready to change: The lifting of the U.S. embargo on Cuba, or the end of travel restrictions imposed on U. S. citizens wanting to visit the island, would bring Cubans into close contact with Americans, who many consider democracy’s greatest promoters.
Suchlicki states that Raúl Castro doesn’t want closer ties with the United States, so why play along with him and continue the embargo, which hasn’t worked in more than 50 years? There are 11 million Cubans on the island besides Raúl, with whom American visitors could engage. Perhaps this interaction could stimulate change in Cuba.
Frank Gonzalez, Miami