As a teacher and scholar of history, I have be fascinated with Cuba since first learning about the old American cars travelling on the streets of Havana. I dream of travelling there some day, if for no other reason than to see an island that in so many ways is like a step into another time.
I had been hopeful during Clinton’s presidency that we might liberalize our policy towards Cuba and there was evidence that we were headed in that direction.
Of course, Bush’s administration has taken the opposite approach. Although that is no surprise to me, I am truly taken back by the lengths that the Bush administration will go to make its point about Cuba.
Case in point: a British travel company discovered recently that its .com domains have been taken down. Their crime? Selling travel packages to Cuba for Europeans. The United States government forced the US-based register to take down the domains. The company is committing no crime in their native lands…they are just doing business. Although it seems as though nothing surprises me now reading the paper, this really, really struck me as a reason we need a vast change in direction.