How about some rationality?
Obama shook hands with Raul Castro this morning at the memorial of that S African terrorist and communist Mandela.Some people got their panties in a bunch. Now – to be sure – I hate Obama & his policies as much as anyone and more than most, so this isn’t about Obie.
And some are gonna get all hot n bothered about moral equivalence here. I’m making no such statement. I am strictly talking about historical analogies.
How the world works: With one exception all nations were created by force. From England kicking everyone’s ass (France, Scotland, Wales, etc.) to create Great Britain, to Russian Czars compiling the Russian Empire from a bunch of weaker States, to America kicking out the Brits, then conquering Stone Age tribes and creating the USA, and on and on. Nation-states are created via force. If you win – the land is yours and you get to write the history. It’s the way the world always has worked and if you don’t like it – tough.
The exception, of course, is Israel. It was created by those who conquered Germany basically to atone FOR Germany. Although not created as THEIR country, Israel was created by victors to do what THEY wanted.
Back to Cuba.
The current Cuba was created by the victors. Like it or not, Fidel kicked Bautista’s ass and created the modern Cuba. Like it or not he lied that he was going to help all the people – and then imprisoned them – not unique in history. Too bad. That’s the way it is.
Let’s look at a successful policy to overturn dictatorship: The USSR. Did we boycott the Soviets? Did we refuse travel there? Did we send back citizens risking all to get out of there? No, no and no. We engaged with them. We sent sports teams there. We did student and professional exchanges with them. And the result? The Wall got torn down and the USSR and her satellites fell to freedom, liberty and the everlasting embarrassment of the world’s communists, Democrats and Progressives.
What have we done with Cuba? The exact opposite. Has it worked? Nope. Are we still doing the same thing and expecting different results? Yep. Is this stupendously dumb foreign policy? You bet.
WHY are we pursing the same old policy and expecting different results? You COULD say because DC is chock-full of idiots. You COULD say “those who can – do, those who can’t – teach, and those who can do neither – run for office.” And you’d be right on both counts.
But the REAL reason we continue this outdated and unsuccessful policy is because of the Cuba Lobby.
Back to Israel. Stick with me here.
What has been THE MAJOR sticking point in all discussions between Israel and the PLO for decades? The “Right of Return.” Simply – everyone who left gets back all their homes, land, property, shops, etc.
The silliness of this issue isn’t the point. The point is that America ALWAYS has been AGAINST the Right of Return – and correctly so: How can you “return” a house abandoned in 1948, a house or store that may no longer exist? For which those who abandoned it have paid no upkeep, rent, taxes, etc., for three generations? A house in which generations of Israelis have done all that AND raised families? You can’t. It’s absurd.
But – we are pursing the same old stupid Cuba policy at the behest – at the demand – of the Cuba Lobby, which argues for…. A Right of Return.
Can we at least acknowledge that what we are doing with Cuba does not work, will not work, never has worked and never will work? And try a policy of engagement that we KNOW works?
And – can we either tell the Cuba Lobby that a Right of Return after 50 years is just as dumb in Cuba as it is in Israel?
Winner win. Losers lose. It is what it is.
Rewriting history is dumb. Normally the adults (most of the GOP, vanishingly few Democrats) accept reality and move forward. Why can’t we do the same with Cuba?