We all make choices, both as individuals and, collectively, as countries. The choices the United States and Cuba have made have had clear consequences for many, and most of them are not particularly beneficial to humanity. This has often resembled a game of chess, but it has been a deadly one.
I’m grateful President Obama and his family are in Cuba for the next several days and hope the choices they make—with Cubans—continue to tip the balance back in favor of humanity.
While tourism looks like it will play a large role in the future of these improved relationships, I hope we can aim for a balance between Havana of today and Miami. The world doesn’t need another city sinking into the sea as a result of flagrant consumerism.
There is also a great deal we can learn from Cuba. I believe the children are very well-educated and loved and ready to move on into a post-embargo world where they will make a difference for all the rest of us.