Also, I do not see much evidence that Americans in general hate Cuba. Indeed, there is considerable evidence to the contrary. Most American tourists would love to see the island open to them once again, and American businessmen chaff at the bit to resume trade with the largest potential economy in the Caribbean. Even the Cuban-American community is softening its resistance as the older generation of Cuban refugees becomes a minority to their children who do not have the same imperative to return as they have grown up as Americans and this is their home.
Although some diplomats believe that relations between the US and Cuba cannot be normalized until the post-Castro era begins, I believe that there is strong evidence that Americans would welcome normalization now, even with Castro still in power. In fact, it might even be better to open talks now before Castro dies so that his supporters in Cuba will be denied the opportunity to resist normalization as a monument to his memory.
Of course, those who disagree will argue that we cannot have normal relations with a tyrannical dictator, but the strategy of waiting for political prisoners to be freed before talking has not worked too well so far, has it? No, once we sit across the table from Castro, we will be better able to remind him of the words of his own patron, Jose Marti who said that "Liberty is the right of every man to be honest, to think and to speak without hypocrisy."