09/06/13 - Washington Post - Diana Nyad's important message of friendship
In her astonishing feat of swimming from Cuba to the United States, Diana
Nyad showed us how close the two nations are, yet how far apart ["In
Florida Straits, Nyad realizes a 35-year dream," news, Sept. 3].
A baby boomer can swim the strait, but a ferry, cruise ship or regular
airline flight can't cross the same space because the United States is
stuck in a "regime change" policy that has failed for more than 50 years.
It is ironic that the same edition of The Post also carried a story ["An
airplane, and political crosswinds," front page] describing the obscene
waste of money that keeps a plane ready to carry out a "mission" - to
combat communism by broadcasting U.S.-run TV into Cuba - that has failed
since it began in the 1990s. The Cuban revolution did not collapse with the
Bay of Pigs, with the end of the Soviet Union or with the exit of Fidel
Castro from the scene. When are we going to learn?
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