The United States prides itself on the freedom of its citizens. But among the democratic countries of the world it is actually one of the most restrictive, as far as free travel of its own citizens goes.
It is long overdue to end the travel restrictions to Cuba. Actually the entire embargo should have been canceled decades ago.
The embargo against Cuba has proven ineffective and today it is hurting the image of the United States. Since the U.S. lacks moral rights for the embargo, it makes the U.S. appear as a bully in its own backyard.
In the meantime longtime Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who was the personification of the reason for the embargo, was able to sit in power during no less than ten U.S. presidents, from Eisenhower to Bush Jr! And he finally abdicated power to his brother last year not due to U.S. pressure but to old age and failing health.
The Cuban regime may be undemocratic and violating human rights, free speech and freedom of the press. But so are many other regimes in the world, some of which we have quite close relations with like China, Saudi-Arabia and previously the Soviet Union.
It is no justification to single out a country for an embargo just because it is small, economically weak, and lacking strategic minerals. So lets stop bullying our tiny neighbor Cuba! And for the United States to restrict free travel of its own citizens does certainly not improve freedom in Cuba!
Orbitz has started a campaign, Open Cuba, to gather signatures for a petition to the Obama administration and Congress. The petition states:
“We call on you to reverse our failed policy of isolation and end the 50-year ban on travel to Cuba in the United States. We believe that every American should have the freedom to travel to any country in the world, including Cuba, because the interaction between peoples from different countries is the single most powerful way to advance the causes of peace and prosperity.”
Exploring The Globe joins Orbitz in urging every American to sign the petition!
Also check out our previous articles about Cuba:
• CUBA: !VIVA LA REVOLUCION!
• CITIZENS ALLOWED IN HOTELS IN CUBA
• CUBANS FINALLY TO GET CELLPHONES
• SARATOGA, HAVANA’S NEW LUXURY HOTEL
• CUBA THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT