The general, who has appeared regularly on Radio Marti, writes with military pragmatism. He notes that in spite of military conflicts with
Standing up for Cuban sovereignty, del Pino argues that
He points out that the conditions advanced by the Reagan Administration for a normalization of relations – repatriation of “Mariel excludables,” withdrawal of Cuban troops from Angola, an end to support for FMLN guerrillas in El Salvador, and an end to Cuban-Soviet ties – have been met.
Del Pino argues that for a long time, a faction in
These initiatives would put the “ball in Cuba’s court,” the general argues, they would encourage wealth-generating activities in Cuba, they would give Cubans reason to stay in Cuba, and they would cause Cubans to stop paying $10,000 per person to alien smugglers to bring relatives to America.
“One has to start somewhere,” de Pino says. “Those over there don’t want to die in misery and those over here don’t want to end up with their names on a stone in
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