By: Will Pavlis `12
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the embargo against Cuba, making it the longest and most strict in modern history. The economic embargo restricts Cuba’s contact and trade with the outside world. The Untied States, with strong support from the Cuban-American population, claim the embargo is in place to restore democracy and aid the Cuban people. However, after fifty years, the embargo has caused little political change in the island. Rather, it has caused unneeded suffering to the citizens of the island nation.
Cuba is known for its impressive dedication to public health. Since the communist revolution in 1959, their constitution has promised to provide free and accessible health care to all their citizens. Cuba has made impressive strides to keep this promise; however, promises are rising. The embargo leaves the island nation without access to modern and reasonably priced medical products. The international community, including the United Nations, has understood these malicious effects and subsequently condemned the embargo since it began. Fifty years have passed, and the embargo has caused little political change on the island. If the United States was to turn to alternative foreign policy strategies with Cuba, both countries could immensely benefit socially, politically, and economically. While Cuba’s government remains flawed, it is clear now that the embargo is not a fitting foreign policy answer. The time has come for the United States to end the embargo, and completely change the fortunes of Americans and Cubans.