The US government has been involved in the domestic politics of 41 Latin American countries, including Cuba. This blockade, which was imposed 60 years ago on the Caribbean nation, affects almost every aspect of Cuban life.
Due to the embargo, the country faces obstacles to get essential supplies, such as medicine and food.
Nevertheless, the US blockade against Cuba is a failed strategy by Washington in their quest to try and change the regime of the island.
The above is Terrance Davis’ proposal in “The Signal”, a publication by Georgia State University.
Under the title “Hands Off Cuba”, the publication suggests that those most effected by the economic siege against an island “smaller than Kentucky” are the citizens and not the Cuban government.
The text recognises how, despite their limitations, following the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, Cuba has made advances in healthcare, education and redistributed land for the benefit of the majority.
The blockade is a response to supposed human rights abuses on the island, but for Davis this is a very weak justification because the White House has never seemed to have any problem in associating themselves with other nations that do violate people’s fundamental rights.
The author recalled how Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lester D. Mallory’s famous memo advocated for the implementation of measures of financial suffocation as the only way to avoid popular support of the then-newborn Cuban revolution.
For Americans, the Cuban blockade is representative of the direct instability that they bring to other nations, and for the Caribbean nation it means a larger obstacle in terms of development, he comments.
Finally, he wonders why, if Cuba’s policies would not work with or without the blockade, as many state, why not lift it and see what happens?
The current Democratic administration headed by President Joe Biden has maintained the more than 240 measures imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump (2017-2021) to reinforce this policy of economic aggression, which, as The Signal states, continues without achieving a regime change on the Caribbean island. (PL)