Tuesday, April 04, 2006

What's the deal with Cuba?

I promise, my next blog will be humorous...sorry for the chain of political and religious shit, but you know, I gotta write about what's on my mind...

So, a couple weeks ago, Japan beat Cuba in the World Baseball Classic. I was lucky enough to be at the game where Mexico beat the U.S. to allow Japan into the finals (it's a points thing, don't ask how Mexico winning made Japan win, just deal with it), and while I was happy to see the national pride that the Mexicans gained from winning, I was really rooting for the U.S. Why?

Because I knew Cuba would make it to the finals, and I was dying to see a U.S. vs. Cuba game.

Of course, I wasn't rooting for that matchup out of knowing it'd be good baseball... I wanted to see it because I knew if it happened, all the bullshit politics between the two countries would come out, and maybe someone in power would decide to start debating it again.

For those of you not in the know, the U.S. has had a trade embargo (best term I can think of right now) with Cuba for over 40 years. Basically, what it boils down to is, after the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 60's, we decided that Castro's regime was pure evil, and we would have nothing more to do with them.

Now here's what I don't get: Castro made Cuba into a Communist-Socialist country. Okay, we don't like that, fine. However, China and North Korea follow very similar doctrines, but we can have free trade and talks with them. Explain to me why the situations are so different?

I might not have been alive during the height of the Cold War, but maybe that's why I can see how stupid our embargo against Cuba is. I mean christ, we're not hurting Castro, we're hurting his people. This is a country that's basically stuck in the 1950's, and it's thanks to us that they haven't grown beyond that time.

And this is why I was so hoping that maybe baseball could bring out the stupidity of it all. If the U.S. public could see that the Cubans are people just like us, and as proud of a sport as we are, maybe they might start asking their congresspersons, "why are we still at war with this country?" "Why is it that these people who are so like how we used to be so evil?"

Cuba's not a threat to us, they haven't been for over 40 years. There's no reason why we can't be cordial with them, except for some ancient machismo bullshit. And this is why I hope now, when the World Baseball Classic returns in 2009, that the final comes down to the U.S. and Cuba. Because we shouldn't ignore them as a country anymore.

Hopefully we'll be out of Iraq by then...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Distance. Cuba is nearer to the US than China and North Korea.

9:14 PM  

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