Only the United Nations would accept Cuba’s claim that the U.S. trade embargo is akin to “genocide.” In a near-unanimous vote, Turtle Bay, for the 19th consecutive year, urged the U.S. to end its sanctions of Fidel Castro’s communist paradise.
In a report submitted to the General Assembly by none other than U.N. boss Ban Ki-moon, Cuba argued that the embargo, dating to 1962, somehow fits the international law description of genocide. Only Israel stood with the U.S. in voting against the nonbinding resolution.
It speaks volumes to the U.N.’s lack of credibility.
Last year alone the U.S. sold Cuba $533 million in agricultural products, medical equipment and other goods. It has expanded the amounts of humanitarian aid that Americans donate directly. And the U.S. has lifted restrictions on family visits.
But while the Obama administration offers sugarplums of diplomacy, Cuba reciprocates by stomping on them. (To wit, Club Castro has jailed an American subcontractor on trumped-up spying charges.)
Of course Cuba’s exaggerated claim is nothing new. Neither is the fact that it passes muster in a world body that turns a blind eye to bona fide genocide.
The absurdity is compounded by America’s willingness to pay for this rather than invest in a new world forum of mutually minded nations.