Why Restoring Diplomatic Relations with Cuba Will Work as Poorly As It Did with Iran and China
In Iran, he seeks to accept a very bad nuclear deal rather than no deal, and never thinks of including Iran’s horrendous violations of human rights and hegemonic attempts to be the main power in its region of the world as something to be included in the terms of a deal.
Have our relations with China helped to spread freedom in that Communist nation?
Just last week, the Chinese government announced a new security rule, meant to bolster Communist rule and power by strengthening the security apparatus and the military. China’s new president, Xi Jinping, is taking the playbook from Mao and returning to enforcing ideological control, especially by monitoring their cultural institutions and workers.
We have had decades of an opening to China, and obviously it is has had little effect towards limiting the strength of the Communist Party and its single-party rule.
One must recall that in Soviet Russia, during the brief turn to capitalism in the 1920s known as the New Economic Policy or NEP, which was undertaken to prevent the economy from collapsing, the Bolsheviks increased repression and the role of the state security forces in order to prevent ideological weakening taking place as a result of the economic liberalization. As China also proves, no amount of economic liberalization has had a positive effect when it comes to any attempt to loosen the grip of the Party’s totalitarian mechanism.
In a hard-hitting editorial, the Washington Post editorial board takes note that in the first six months of Obama’s engagement with Cuba, “most indicators of human rights on the island have moved in the wrong direction.” Since last December, there have been 3000 political detentions, accompanied by beatings by government-organized thugs who are employed to attack democracy activists. While American visitors have increased by one-third, there was a 120 percent increase in Cubans fleeing to our country in the same time period.
The Post editors understand that Obama gave the Cuban regime everything it wanted without demanding anything in return. He did not even ask for “modest alleviation of the dictatorship’s repression in exchange for … a political and economic bailout of a failing regime.”
Perhaps that is because, like the Castroite communists, Obama also believes that all of Cuba’s failures stem from the imperial hegemony of the United States in this hemisphere. Why didn’t Obama even call for cessation of the arrests and beatings of the “Ladies in White,” who demonstrate each Sunday on behalf of freedom for political prisoners? Not only has the regime not treated them better, it has increased its attacks on them. This pattern of conduct by the Raul Castro government is likely to continue, given the nature of America’s concessions to the dictatorship.
It is the Cuban leaders and the Castro brothers who will be smiling when the American flag is hoisted upon the reopened embassy, with John Kerry doing the honors. And to his shame, President Obama himself has let it be known that he, too, will soon be traveling to Cuba. Does anyone really think this will be a victory for the United States?
I’m sure Fidel and Raul Castro are laughing together, raising their glasses and making a toast to their new Yanqui friend in Washington.