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    The Un-Demonization of Cuba--Communists Aren't the Boogeyman---to Some, Not All-- Anymore.


    With today's release of an American prisoner, Cuba has entered into an apparent reconciliation with the United States. At long last, the two countries will normalize relations for the first time since the early 1960s.

    While this may not hit today's generations with much oomph, let me say for one as a baby boomer who was in middle school when the US and Cuba went off the rails out of mutual distrust of eachothers' political and economic philosophies.


    I can say without reservation that this development hold much significance to those of my age and outlook. Our odd relation with Cuba was all mixed up in a fearful stew of nuclear annihilation, mutual distrust of our countries, not to mention the American colonial viewpoint that placed little countries like Cuba in some lowly, insignificant position vis a vis our great and powerful nation--as misguided as that sounds.


    I truly believe that this détente springs from an increased awareness of the interdependence of all countries, big and small. I think it is also derived from our un-demonization of Cuba and any country that would call itself communist. With the commercial transformation of China, Vietnam even big business--especially big business sees the opportunity to engage with our educated and culturally sophisticated neighbor just 90 miles off the coast of Florida---to engage with one another in a mutually rewarding relationship that can help Cuba move forward into the 21st century, stuck as it has been for a half century by the intransigence of petty and fearful conservative thought on both sides.


    Welcome into this century, neighbor. And I hope you help us to become a better nation and a better friend to those with whom we share a common destiny in this hemisphere.


    I'm W J O'Reilly. Be well.

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