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Subject: Enough about Cuba!!!
From: Michael Lane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael Lane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 1 Dec 2016 06:05:38 -0500
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Unless your family suffered under a right-wing dictatorship supported by
the US, unless you lost a family member in an illegal war which should have
resulted in the impeachment of a US President, unless you had family
members who truly sacrificed their lives for their country, then I wonder
if you can appreciate what Castro meant to Central and South America,
especially, what hopes his victory initially raised. In 1959 he was viewed
as a hero by many because of the excesses of Fulgencio Batista and his ilk.
That the “revolution” devolved into something less than was promised, that
there were grotesqueries committed, is horrid but not surprising. Let us
not forget that the U.S. foreign policy not only has learned little from
history but has participated in its own grotesqueries, Vietnam and Cambodia
to name but two. The disastrous policy decisions begun in the waning days
of the Second World War led to the direct meddling in Iran, Guatemala,
support of corrupt regimes in Cuba, the Philippines, Dominican Republic,
Nicaragua….the lists/names/deaths go on…….all in the name of the cold war. Had
there been a more enlightened foreign policy, not one controlled by the
electoral votes in Florida, then perhaps some of the misery on the island
could have been avoided. Maybe not. But the fact remains that the United
States has had diplomatic relations with Vietnam for over 20 years, a
country in which we lost over 50,000 men and women, yet did not have one
with an island 90 miles off its shores. The imbecility of it is
breathtaking.

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