- - Monday, January 26, 2015

George Santayana got it right when he said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” President Obama’s latest move to normalize diplomatic and trade relations with the brutal Cuban regime with little or no guarantee of anything much in return will only empower and enrich the communist leaders even more. Mr. Obama needs to take a lesson from history. It has been almost two decades since the United States established diplomatic and normal trade relations with the brutal communist regimes of former Indochina (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia), yet the peoples of these countries continue to suffer extreme human-rights abuses, repression of religious freedom, ethnic cleansing of minorities, loss of livelihood and extreme poverty. The corrupt leaders of these countries line their pockets with riches while the common folk continue to suffer and tens of thousands of political prisoners languish in prisons and gulags under abhorrent conditions. The less lucky have been murdered. Why should Mr. Obama expect anything different from communist Cuba?

MIKE BENGE

Falls Church

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