It is my wish that Hurricane Dennis caused serious devastation on Cuba, and that Bush does the “right thing” by offering humanitarian aid to that country, and I don’t mean the rattling of small change.
THAT would be a step in the right direction, leading to who knows what mutual face-saving accommodations.
Meanwhile, let’s watch Sir Richard Branson clean up, no, not the mess. He has just launched a twice a week Virgin Air service from London to Havana, putting us in, it might be said, a Branson Pickle.
Bragging to reporters on arrival in Havana last week, he said “I think there are billions of people who’d like to come to Cuba. I think this will be enormously successful. We’ll make it so.”
Our friends to the North known as Canadians currently top the list of tourists coming to Cuba, followed by our friends the Italians and our sometimes friends the French. Our very best friends, the Great Brits, are happily sending their tourists who currently hit No. 7 on the list.
Last year more than 160,000 British tourists came to Cuba, up from 46,000 in 1997, Cuba’s Tourism Ministry said. That’s an annual growth rate of 19.5 percent over the past eight years.
Note to Bush (no, not brother Jeb, Governor of Florida): We know that America signed a pact over the Bay of Pigs fiasco promising never to invade Cuba with military force (smart deal-making lawyer, that Castro, unlike Sadam!). But that did not apply to an invasion by American tourists.
We are laughing at Communism now, because we showed it didn’t work.
The rest of the world is laughing at us now over our fear of Cuba, marked by our sanctions.
Time to move on.
You did the “right thing” with little Elian when he was returned from Florida to his father in Cuba. (You could have helped rule that he had “legal rights” to stay here in the U.S.A, but commendably you didn’t.)
Let’s swallow our pride, and bury the hatchet! There’s good money to be made!