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Letters | reconsidering our policy over Cuba

Would we hold all trading partners to same standard?

Pre-embargo Cuban cigars were displayed in the window of a Cuban-themed gift shop in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

Brian Blanco/Reuters/File 2014

Pre-embargo Cuban cigars were displayed in the window of a Cuban-themed gift shop in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.

In his June 25 op-ed “Liberate Cuba before lifting embargo” Jeff Jacoby claims that ending the US trade embargo against Cuba would not, as some advocates of ending the embargo believe, bring down the Castro regime. That may be true, but that fact alone is no reason to keep the embargo intact.

Jacoby insists that the proper solution is to keep enforcing the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, which opens the door to free trade with Cuba once the Cuban government “legalizes political opposition, frees its political prisoners, and schedules democratic elections.” I can’t imagine how anyone could say that with a straight face. Does Jacoby also suggest that we apply those standards to every country we deal with, including China? We would be left with a much shorter list of trading partners around the world, and no one would benefit.

Paul Wesel

Jamaica Plain

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