A great step has been made towards ending the longstanding embargo between the United States and Cuba. As of Friday, Cuba is no longer on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list and this measure has been greatly revered by Cubans and Americans alike, despite the inevitable critics.
Cuba has been put on the list in 1982, because it had been a great support for rebel guerrilla warfare movements all throughout Africa and Latin America. However, many years have passes since then and Cuba has greatly changed its priorities since then.
Havana has made it clear years back that Cuba will no longer take part or offer support for foreign rebellion advances. Instead, Cuba has become focused on its own development, that has been conducted on its own resources and on with its own powers, due to its short list of foreign allies.
Since then, Cuba has become a model of endurance and creativity, as they have managed to survive by standing their ground and working together as a community for the well being of the country.
President Barack Obama made his intention of removing Cuba from the terrorist list after meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro in April 2015. Castro pointed out that the removal of his country from this list is imperative for the bettering of the relationship between Cuba and the US.
This measure holds great importance to the Cuban people who have always regarded their presence on that list as a great injustice to their country. Therefore, it is a priceless symbol of change for them, that will play a significant role in their future.
“We have always fought for peace, for solidarity. It was an injustice to put us on this list. Now, there is justice,”, said one woman from Havana, Cuba. “Luckily, they realized – they opened their eyes – that we are not bad.”, said another.
As a consequence of this measure, Cuba can now eligible for carrying out banking activities, as well as many others on US territories, according to the BBC.
Despite this great step forward, a long road remains ahead towards the end of the embargo. This decision can only be made by the American Congress and there is still so much work to be done for this endeavor.
President Obama is the most important supporter of the matter of ending the embargo with Cuba, but he cannot single handedly make such a decision.
Moreover, there are very many influential politicians who strongly oppose this measure, as they feel that it would be unfair to the American people, who have not forgotten the losses they were caused by the Cubans.
Also, they strongly believe that this change could put America in great danger, because it will set an example of weakness for countries like Iran or Iraq, who need to be handled with a strong firm hand.
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