Re the Oct. 7 editorial, Unceasing beatings and arrests in Cuba: Diplomatic relations with neighboring nations should be a normal part of American foreign policy. It shouldn’t be a tool to influence or otherwise interfere in the domestic affairs of other countries.
The United States established diplomatic relations with communist China 30 years after its revolution, and with communist Vietnam only 20 years after our war with it was over.
Neither one of these nations is any closer to being a democracy, but this fact doesn’t seem to affect our attitude towards them.
Our previous policy of isolating Cuba didn’t work for 55 years, but somehow our current policy is expected to bring about change in only a few months.
The elderly gentlemen who rule the island have been in power for almost 60 years, and unfortunately there are now members of younger generations with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.
Change must originate from within the island and not be forced upon Cubans by others. As the United States unilaterally removes economic restrictions, it becomes increasingly difficult for the decrepit regime in Havana to blame us for its failures.
Frank Gonzalez, Miami