December 21, 2014

EXCEPT, OF COURSE, THAT THEY WERE THE PHILISTINES:

If Not David to the U.S. Goliath, Cuba Asks What Its Role Is Now (DAMIEN CAVE and VICTORIA BURNETT, DEC. 20, 2014, NY Times)

As Cubans absorb the news that the United States will begin normalizing relations with their government after more than five decades of hostility, they are contending with a rush of both excitement and uncertainty about what could be the end of a long global drama in which Cuba has played a prominent role.

The country's leaders in particular, after decades of battling and blaming the United States and powerful Cuban exiles -- calling them worms, ingrates and far worse -- now find themselves without the usual excuse for Cuba's economic failures and human rights restrictions , at a time when the population's expectations are soaring. The challenge of managing the opening up of Cuba will be colossal, forcing the government to grapple with its own faults and the possibility of becoming just another sun-drenched Caribbean island rather than an often-admired communist holdout against the power of the United States. 

We and they have paid a high price for JFK not using the sling when they gave us a convenient pretext.

Posted by at December 21, 2014 10:43 AM
  

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