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On the wrong side of history
October 29, 2016, 5:57 pm
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Electronic voting board in the UN General Assembly depicts the total isolation of the US, as the international community votes overwhelmingly to condemn the 55-year old immoral, illegal and unilateral economic embargo of Cuba.

On Wednesday, 26 October, of the 193 members in the UN Assembly, 191 voted for a resolution condemning the continued US embargo of Cuba; there were zero votes against the resolution, and the United States along with its lone ally Israel, abstained.

The fact that the US decided to abstain rather than vote against the resolution, as it has done on previous occasions, was in itself the starkest admission that the nearly six decade long policy of attempting to isolate Cuba had not only failed to work, but that it had backfired too.
Announcing the decision to abstain, the US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power said, "After 55-plus years of pursuing the path of isolation, we are choosing to take the path of engagement."

The US decision to abstain follows President Barack Obama's restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and his support for lifting the embargo. However, this move is opposed by some members of the Republican-led US Congress.

Those geriatric Congressmen need to wake up and realize how their obstinacy is alienating the US among the international community. If they are too old to hear the collective voice of the global community and so short-sighted that they cannot read the large numbers on the UN electronic board, perhaps somebody needs to tell the befuddled Congressmen that, holding on is not always a sign of strength, sometimes it is a sign of sheer stupidity.

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