What's Best For Cuba: The Carrot Or The Stick?
I enjoyed your recent feature on Cuba and your editorial on U.S. policy toward Cuba ("The right way to get rid of Fidel"). How has American policy managed to remain so wrong for so long?
Every Presidential candidate who wants to win Florida feels that it's necessary to win the well-organized Miami Cuban-American vote. That small-interest group wants to hear candidates say they will continue to support the embargo if they are elected--and so the candidates comply. It's that simple--pure politics. As Winston Churchill said, "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others."
The Helms-Burton Act could lead to the collapse of the World Trade Organization. The U.S., as the world's leading trading nation, will suffer more than any other nation if that occurs.
Let us hope Bill Clinton will do the right thing--take further steps to normalize relations with Cuba.
Alvaro J. Freyre
Director for International Sales
Compact Devices Inc.