Originally posted by The Vagabond
So you're saying that the strategic importance of Cuba to the gulf of Mexico is just a paranoid dillusion of mine, and you think it's just a
coincidence that America has been keeping a strangle hold on the Cuban economy ever since we lost the ability to control them?
You misread my statement. I didn't say we want to oppress them and keep them from freedom the way Castro does. I am saying that we've got a small
paradise just off our coast which is well suited to certain crops, and their currency is so weak that we can pretty much have our way with them.
America doesn't want a wealthy Cuba creating a strong economic network in the Carribbean to threaten that.
US has isolated Cuba because it is a communist regime hostile to US, because it was umm...ally of Soviet Union and received its military aid?
No no... I totally got that wrong. It's because of [insert evil corporations, US trying to enslave population, CONTROL!!!].
The problem with Cuba can not be summed up in the word socialism. Unless you have a doctorate that you haven't mentioned yet, I suggest you
step back and consider the fact that I might not be a complete idiot. Cuba has been under exploitative foreign rule for most of its history, it went
through a tough revolution, and then it was shut out by a major economic power (the USA). If I had to oversimplify Cuba's plight by naming a single
word, that word would be embargo, not socialism.
As I said, nation which is ruled by a man who was allied to Soviet Union and militarily hostile to US does not deserve any charity or trade
opportunities. It would hardly help them. Countries economy can never grow to keep up with population under ultra-socialist and unfree regime. It's
unheard of and impossible regardless whether it has embargo or not.
This nation does not allow it's citizens to create wealth by conducting business. This kind of economically ignorant blocking of human potential is
truly a crime worthy of a death sentence.
I really hope you read this last thought with an open mind.
We must entertain the possibility that what we have been taught was not true. We can not always take other people's word for it.
We probably aren't the superior good guys destined to win, and our rivals probably aren't fatally flawed villians destined to lose.
The truth is, we're probably on equal ground. Leftist ideologies are plauged by corruption. Rightwing ideologies are plagued by corruption. I suspect
that almost any system could work if we could get rid of that common flaw.
Yes but your defense of oppressive regimes is not a virtue, toleration of evil seeds only more evil.
You think I would enjoy living in communism right now if USA didn't fiercely oppose it?
Those oppressed countries are in vast majority of cases run by individuals whose policy is aggressive towards US, they want to see it destroyed (you
think not? check their quotes on US), but they don't posses the power to do so.
I don't see how anyone sane can tolerate and have good relations with hostile countries. Luckily, people on power realize that.
So, despite my personal convictions l really don't care much whether regime is left-wing or right-wing as long as it is not statist and allows great
amount of personal freedoms, such as those in Chile, Singapore, Ireland...
But thing is, left-wing ones have always been deadly socialist-oriented and destroying countries where they came to power.
Take Germany for example, unemployment has now exceeded 10% and stands at 5 mil. and unofficially 6.5 mil.
For Cuba, try reading this article for start: www.liceocubano.com...
Opponents of U.S. policy toward Cuba claim that if the embargo and the travel ban are lifted, the Cuban people would benefit economically; American
companies will penetrate and influence the Cuban market; the Communist system would begin to crumble and a transition to a democratic society would be
These expectations are based on several incorrect assumptions. First, that Castro and the Cuban leadership are naïve and inexperienced and,
therefore, would allow tourists and investments from the U.S. to subvert the revolution and influence internal developments in the island. Second,
that Cuba would open up and allow U.S. investments in all sectors of the economy, instead of selecting which companies could trade and invest. Third,
that Castro is so interested in close relations with the U.S. that he is willing to risk what has been upper-most in his mind for 40 years - total
control of power and a legacy of opposition to "Yankee imperialism," - in exchange for economic improvements for his people. During the Fifth
Communist Party Congress in 1997, Castro emphasized "We will do what is necessary without renouncing our principles. We do not like capitalism and
we will not abandon our Socialist system."
Cuba will not have freedom from its woes until free government is installed.
[edit on 6-2-2005 by Megaquad]