Monday, July 20, 2015
Opening an embassy is an act of mutual trust between two nations. That is why this act has significance and is a PR step for both the US and Cuba. Rather than choosing the decades-long standoff, they are now warily relating again. Progress will be slow. The Castro brothers will continue to be communists and their philosophy will continue to dominate the island's view of the world. The US has a decades-long task of rebuilding relationships with the Cuban people, many of whose relatives dwell in the US after leaving the island more than 50 years ago. Generations have grown and passed on since the barrier went up between the two nations. It will take years for the fence to come down and for the two countries to reach normalcy. But the embassy is a first step and a good one.