The Cuba the­ory doesn’t hold wa­ter

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUN­DAY OPIN­ION -

Re­gard­ing the Oct. 1 edi­to­rial “Cuba’s mys­te­ri­ous mal­adies”:

Not a sin­gle ex­pert has been able to pin­point a type of de­vice, ra­di­a­tion, toxic sub­stance or other agent that could have the ef­fects re­ported from the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing U.S. diplo­mats in Cuba. In fact, I have been an ex­pert on such things as an in­dus­trial hy­gien­ist all my pro­fes­sional life, and there is sim­ply noth­ing that can ex­plain it.

More­over, the U.S. gov­ern­ment has nei­ther pre­sented a stitch of ev­i­dence that the Cuban gov­ern­ment was in­volved in the in­ci­dent nor ac­cused it. Most im­por­tant, it is ridicu­lous to think Cuba would en­dan­ger the frag­ile gains of the im­proved re­la­tion­ship un­der Pres­i­dent Barack Obama through a gra­tu­itously ag­gres­sive mea­sure, and tar­get Cana­dian diplo­mats to boot. Such an ac­tion would be ir­ra­tional and is in­con­ceiv­able. Fol­lowed by the re­cent moves on diplo­matic staffing, what we are most likely to wit­ness in the near fu­ture is the is­suance of new reg­u­la­tions that truly re­verse the Obama pol­icy to the detri­ment of both coun­tries and es­pe­cially Cubans and Cuban Amer­i­cans.

Manuel R. Gomez, Wash­ing­ton

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