El bloqueo de Trump


Por Harold Cardenas Lema

Hace unos días Brookings Institution me invitó a resumir en 200 palabras una opinión sobre el reciente anuncio de Donald Trump. Agradezco la oportunidad de explicarle al público estadounidense y la comunidad académica norteña, cuán impositiva es la relación de hostilidad que se sigue promoviendo respecto a Cuba.

En 200 palabras no es posible profundizar en el tema ni explicar por qué lo que ellos conocen como embargo los cubanos lo consideramos un bloqueo. Lo importante es asestarle un golpe a quienes promueven el odio y la distancia entre nuestras naciones, que ojalá un día se transforme en respeto mutuo a pesar de las diferencias. Esta fue mi opinión, para un público distinto y en un idioma distinto pero consciente de que la principal amenaza al desarrollo de Cuba siguen siendo las mismas: el bloqueo y la hostilidad.

“Harold Cardenas Lema—Journalist, La Joven Cuba: In recent years, Cubans have experienced renewed hopes for a mutually beneficial rapprochement with the United States. However, President Trump is threatening to reverse that process with a policy of isolation instead of engagement. Such a policy appeals to Miami hardliners who are willing to harm both nations’ interests in order to exact revenge on the Cuban government.

In Cuba, however, the announcement had the effect of uniting the public and the government against the new U.S. policy, with people taking to the streets to express their disappointment If the Trump administration’s goal truly is a regime change in Havana, this announcement is moving Cuba in the opposite direction.A crowd roaring “USA” followed by a violinist playing the Star-Spangled Banner isn’t the way to appeal to the Cuban people. Cuba has a lot of experience with this president’s brand of hostility. Sadly, every time a U.S. president takes this posture, the nation goes on the defensive, Cuban civil society is weakened, and efforts to address internal challenges are postponed once again.

Despite the strong rhetoric of the recent announcement, most of the Obama policies remain in place and a bilateral agenda for cooperation still exists. Hopefully, the end of the Trump administration will also mark the end of the last remnant of the Cold War, even if one more year of the embargo is one year too much”

Para leer el artículo completo:

https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/06/20/brookings-experts-react-to-trumps-policy-on-cuba