U.S. policies toward Cuba are anachronistic and perplexing.

The embargo is a Cold War relic that has long ago stopped serving its intended purpose. It was adopted after the now-defunct Soviet Union tried to establish nuclear bases on the island, bringing the two superpowers to the verge of nuclear war.

But what purpose does the embargo serve today? A half-century later, we have to wonder why it continues. A humanitarian crisis grips the island. You might not read about it in U.S., but overseas media reportson it regularly. The Guardian last week reported that, "US economic sanctions against Cuba have cost the island nation $3.9bn in foreign trade over the past year, helping to raise the overall estimate of economic damage to $116.8bn over the past 55 years, Cuba said on Tuesday."

The United Nations, the Guardian continued, has urged an end to the U.S. embargo and other trade sanctions against Cuba’s Communist government. A resolution gets passed every year -- as it has for the past 22 years -- with overwhelming support. Last year the vote was 188 to 2, with only the U.S. and Israel voting against the resolution...



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