Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Pope's Visit and the Choices That the Cubans in Miami Face

This is my comment to the opinion by one person's take on the Pope's Visit to Cuba which was in the Miami Herald.  As usual, the opinion tries to belittle the Pope's visit with the typical condescending tone of the anti-Cuba crowd, which is finding itself more marginalized by the day.

"From afar, by choice, the Cuban community in South Florida can do a few things.  They can, under current law, send money and packages of helpful goods to their families on the island.  Many do already and the gestures are always welcomed. 

Also, they can become more vocal in their desires to build on the connections they have on the island by insisting that those who represent their districts do not support the hurtful policies that have a huge hand in some of the difficulties that the Cubans  on the island experience.  Cuba's economy should be able to grow without the unnecessary obstacles posed by the embargo and Helms-Burton.

They can let it be known that the politicians such as Diaz-Balart, Ros-Lehtinen, and Rubio represent a shrinking minority of folks who don't want life to be better on the island. 

One thing that they cannot do, nor ever will be able to do, is determine how Cuba decides to conduct its affairs.  One can agree or disagree, but no one outside of Cuba can make a sovereign Cuba do anything that it doesn't feel is in its interest.  Not even the Pope, who I'm sure won't be imposing himself on anyone.  He will simply be lending his spiritual support to those who feel they would like it."

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/01/10/2583319/a-sliver-of-hope-in-popes-visit.html#storylink=cpy

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