A final note

I encourage my students to make significant inquiries about the world, to question the prevailing wisdom, to arrive at well-tested, independent conclusions, and to help create a better world.

Clearly, the U.S. Foreign Policy toward Cuba has not created a better world. It has created conditions that have had undeserved affects on the welfare of millions of Cuban people. Our country, with 6% of the world's population consuming 60% of the world's resources, formulates policies "in its own interest." Yet, is it really in our country's interest to destabilize our neighbor's sovereign government by sponsoring acts of terrorism, by economic bullying, and by financing incentives for revolution? Cuba does not pose a threat to our government nor to our people; Cuba does not have homeless, starving people or drive-by shootings; and Cuba provides all of its people with better health care than the U.S. government provides all of its people.

If the U.S. policy makers have their way with Cuba, all of this will be lost. All one has to do is to look at the other countries of Latin America (or Russia) to see what happens when consumerism and run-away capitalism has its way. The ever-increasing divide between the rich and poor dooms the masses of the Third World to generations of abuse, poverty, and hopelessness.

We do have a choice. We can look into our hearts and find a compassionate, generous spirit. We can lift that spirit in peace and extend good will to all people of the world. In the process, we can create a better world in which to live, a world that ensures basic human needs and a peace for everyone. We can start by ending the embargo against the people of Cuba.

Gary Bacon, Coordinator
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