A viral video is making the rounds of Latin America. You can find it on YouTube. It’s an interview with a man on the street, and another Cuban man walks up and steals the show. He points to his open mouth. In island slang he says he’s hungry, and that “what Cuba needs is food.”
A lot of people blame America for Cubans’ hunger. And our government is now considering removing the embargo we have had against Cuba since its Communist-inspired revolution. But that should be done — or not — for reasons that have nothing to do with the motto “Cuba needs food.”
Think about it. Cuba can trade with the rest of the world. In fact, on a cash basis, even with the U.S. Plenty of opportunities to produce and purchase food.
And hey: The resorts in Cuba are well-stocked with food. Canadians and Europeans and Arabs and others visiting the island don’t complain about a lack of food.
But the common folk do.
Well, Cuba suffers from a kind of apartheid. Everyday citizens get ration cards. Their food shelves are bare. They cannot visit tourist beaches, shop at tourist supermarkets, or eat at tourist restaurants. They have to make do with the meager food they’ve been rationed.
So much for the abolition of the class system by Castro!
To feed Cubans, just one thing is needed: Freedom — an end to socialistic apartheid.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.