About objecting to Cuba

You can’t fight them, you can’t sanction them forever, you cannot hold them outside your sphere of operation to the end of time. I am talking about Communist China and Communist Vietnam, and even the former Soviet Union.

The United States has been sanctuary to the citizens, including myself, of all these nations. Cubans who left their country are not exclusive in that sense. And in protesting the resumption of relations with Cuba, they do not understand that throughout history former enemies become allies, some if only through trade. Japan, once a deadly adversary, is now solidly a world partner.

All that is only recent history. Cubans living on the shores of America should think of similar recovery of their native land. Cubans living in Cuba must either come around or stay isolated in poverty and stagnation. There is no need to forgive the human rights aspect, but recognize that all communist nations and all revolutions commit atrocities in that arena.

Communist China executed 20 million citizens (and possibly twice that many) in their takeover; Vietnam all but exterminated their citizenry in the south. The Soviet Union beginning in 1917 slaughtered tens of millions. These nations did not require proof of good reason to do so; it was enough to be a dissident. Japan went to work with a will in Asia killing and torturing indiscriminately. The invading soldiers from that country massacred 240,000 civilian Chinese, children and pregnant women in Nanking, for no purpose but that they could.

And so, Cuban migrants in America, drop your objections to resumption of relations because of human rights violations in your country of birth. Nothing will work better to mitigate their brand of communism than open trade and travel. Think of the relief of being to obtain scarce car parts, or even being able to manufacture automobiles themselves! In five years or less, memories of mistreatment will be submerged in a release of tension between Cuba and the United States.

How do you think victims of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Soviet Union persecution view our current toleration of each other?

A natural progression of necessity in a shrinking world.

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