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U.S. Votes Against U.N. Resolution To Lift Cuban Trade Embargo

The more things change the more they stay the same. Today the U.S. continued to defend its outdated and futile trade embargo against Cuba by voting against a United Nations resolution condemning the embargo against Cuba. It was thought that since the move to normalizing relations between the two countries that began last December, that the United States’ U.N. delegate would at best abstain from the vote. But they went ahead and voted against the measure like they have done for the last 24 years. Sure, the U.N. resolutions are pretty much unenforceable, but symbolically they are very powerful. For years, the annual vote on the Cuban embargo has become an opportunity for the Castro government to raise international hackles over the unpopular Cuban trade embargo. I’m not sure why this is a good move for the Obama administration. After all these months working to normalize relations between the two old cold war foes, this is just going to set things back.

It’s probably a move to placate old school Republicans and the anti-Castro Cubans in Miami. When will they get it? The Trade embargo has done nothing but strengthen the Castro regime by them using it to gain sympathy worldwide. The only people who are hurt by the embargo are the common Cuban people. It doesn’t effect the mucky mucks in the government. If, like the people in Miami believe, the embargo were going to lead to the collapse of the Cuban government it would have happened back int he 90’s after the collapse of the Soviet Union. We do business with China and Vietnam, which are also Communist and have a much worse human rights record than Cuba, but somehow magically, Cuba is different. It’s time to grow up, America. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome is the definition of madness.

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