The US Must Not Betray Cuba Either

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Amb. James C. Cason on Rosa Maria Paya's piece in Politico, "The EU Must Not Betray Cuba":

Of course Europe should not betray Cuba, the real Cuba, more than 11 million souls. Neither should the United States. Both policies harken back to the days where neither Washington nor European nations paid attention to the abuses of Latin American dictators. It is not a new policy. What is really needed is for democracies everywhere to condition any political, economic, cultural, or humanitarian action in regards to Cuba to specific steps by the Cuban government, such as the release of all political prisoners and permitting an international inquiry into the deaths of Oswaldo Paya, Laura Pollan, and other pro-democracy leaders. None of them had anything to do with the earlier dictatorship. Most of them followed in the footsteps of Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Cuban people will for sure recover their freedom, but it remains to be seen how both Europeans and Americans who have embraced the Castro brothers would be able to recover their self-respect.

The author is a retired career Foreign Service Officer, a former Ambassador who served as Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.