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Pro-embargo activists have spent more, worked harder and been more united than their foes who want to lift U.S. economic sanctions. And that's one reason why U.S. sanctions against Cuba remain in place, the leader of the Alliance for Responsible Cuba Policy wrote.
Albert A. Fox Jr. is organizing a meeting in Tampa to try to unite the anti-embargo forces and push through legislation to lift sanctions in 2011.
Fox wrote a piece for the United States Cuba Policy & Business blog. Among his points:
- Anyone with a limited knowledge of the United States' policy toward Cuba knows it is primarily driven by domestic politics in Miami and Tampa, Florida, and Union City, New Jersey. The policy has far more to do with hatred, retribution, pride and money than it does with Communism and human rights violations.
- The work ahead of us, to lift the embargo in its entirety is not difficult; it is not a question of not knowing what to do, but rather, a question of having the will to do it.
- While we have many friends in the Congress, they do not work with the same intensity for our goals like the Diaz-Balart work for their goals.
- Theoretically, lifting the embargo toward Cuba should be very, very easy.
- approximately 70 US Senators and 325 US Representatives would vote to lift the embargo if given the opportunity in an up or down vote.
- In the last 12 years, collectively, we have made hundreds of trips to Cuba, organized and participated in seminars, supported legislation, visited Senators, Congressmen, Governors, business leaders and key Congressional Aides, met with administration officials, written letters and op ed pieces, held press conferences, conducted television interviews, taken Congressional Staff to Cuba and very much more.
- With all of that effort and work, what have we accomplished? The answer is - nothing!
- The Alliance proposes to hold a general meeting sometime in early December in Tampa, FL, to discuss how we can work together to develop a comprehensive strategy to get Tampa to break ranks with Miami and the new Congress to lift the travel ban in 2011. No group or individual should be excluded from participating solely because of turf concerns or petty partisan political considerations.
- Everything related to US/Cuba relations must be on the table for anyone to discuss, including resolution of the Cuba Five.
- Finally, the Alliance proposes that an ad hoc planning committee be created, made up of individuals from all the various groups that work so hard to enhance US/Cuba relations.