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Lift meaningless Cuba embargo

Published: Saturday | December 21, 2013 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The United States of America is the only superpower in the world and is also the greatest country in the world. I'm not about to apologise to anyone for saying this.

Look no further than President Barack Obama. He's a minority whose race makes up only 12 per cent of the United States (US) population. Yet, he was elected and re-elected president of the greatest country on earth.

Yes, we're not there as yet. There's still a lot of work to be done. But the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr must be smiling in his grave because part of his dream has become a reality.

With all its flaws and imperfections, I'm truly blessed to call this great country home. Having said that, I think the time has long past for the US to lift the 50-year-old embargo against the island of Cuba. This embargo has accomplished nothing but hardship for the cuban people. It is like when President Reagan told Mr Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall; we are telling the president and Congress to do the same with this meaningless embargo, as trade can be beneficial to both countries.

Let the firm handshake Obama extended to Cuba's President Raul Castro recently at Nelson Mandela's funeral be the catalyst to get things started. Let this be part of the president's legacy, along with the Affordable Health Care Act.

Look at the relationship that the US has with China and Russia, two communist giants and its former arch enemies. No more Cold Wars - and only that good relations exist - both countries are important trading partners.

The Obama administration is very keen on promoting exports; well, there's a ready export market available a hour and a half away from Miami. Whatever differences that separate Washington and Havana can be rectified through communication, negotiation and cooperation. Whether it is over political prisoners or human rights, it can be worked out.

The US was created on Christian principles, one of which is to love your nieghbour as yourself.

NOEL MITCHELL

nlmworld@yahoo.com

Westchester,New York

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