Cuba is ripe for change
As I wrote before, I am very optimistic about Cuba's future. I'm not
suggesting that things will occur quickly. However, Cuba's future will
be bright because I believe in the people.
Oscar Arias Sánchez was president of Costa Rica and winner of the 1987
Nobel Peace Prize. Today, he wrote Cuba's dictatorship is ripe for
"Cuba is not some different kind of democracy, nor has it followed a
path chosen by the Cuban people. Cuba is, plain and simple, a
dictatorship, and this gives great pain to those of us who love liberty. "
Cuba did not choose 47 years of Fidelismo. It was imposed on the Cuban
people by repression and a vast network of political prisons. Fidelismo
also had the support of international lefties, who were willing to go
along with Castro's repression because they shared his hatred of the US.
Pres. Bush should make it clear to the Cuban people that the US is ready
for diplomatic and economic relations with the island. However, Cuba
must hold free elections and respect human rights. I believe that the
Cuban people will accept that deal.