Jeff Jacoby avoids the main issue when he calls for maintaining the current embargo on Cuba (Op-ed, June 25). What gives the United States the right to intervene in another country? If we claim this right, then it becomes, in essence, a policy — one that every other country also can claim as a right.
This mind-set is especially odious since the United States supported the terrible dictator Fulgencio Batista, and supported businesses and American mobsters who controlled the economy, impoverishing Cuba and its people.
We tried to bring Castro and his government down repeatedly, attempted to kill him, and placed CIA agents and others there to stir up revolt. These actions are not in the spirit of democracy and in line with our country’s best ideals. They are in line with those who think of power, control, and empire, but who hide behind the empty invocations of manifest destiny, national security, and democracy promotion.
I’ve been to Cuba, and I have seen the secret and not-so-secret police and the poverty. I’ve also seen the good education system and medical care and a country trying to implement a form of state-controlled capitalism. It is a country that we should be helping instead of continuing to impose our negative policies.