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Cuba is not the enemy

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Yesterday, November 13, marked another occasion that member states of the United Nations voted for a lifting of the genocidal blockade of our sister nation, Cuba, an imposition by the United States government for the last 50 years.

This year marked the 20th consecutive occasion where the mass of humanity represented by their governments, with 186 of 191 member nations voting for the lifting of the economic blockade of Cuba.

Two countries, namely the US and Israel, have voted against the resolution, while abstaining were the Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau Islands.

Our country, Jamaica, to its eternal credit, has voted consistently with the majority of the peoples of the world and have even upped the ante over the last three years by having this important resolution debated in our Parliament.

The question I have to ask our brother and president of the US, Barak Obama, is: What is taking you so long to turn your face against reaction and to support progressive humanity in lifting this anachronistic blockade which undermines the very foundation on which he was elected in 2008 and again endorsed on November 6, 2012.

Americans' recent endorsement of Mr Obama is a clear indication that the interest of the majority will ultimately trump minority interest, even in challenging times, and especially where your weapon is the truth.

Cuba is not your enemy. Brother Barack, do the right thing, as the eyes of the world are on you.