Secondary Round 1. Illusionsaregrander v Coven: Castro II

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posted on Mar, 22 2008 @ 09:36 PM
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The topic for this debate is "Raul Castro will improve conditions in Cuba".

Illusionsaregrander will be arguing the pro position and will open the debate.
Coven will argue the con position.

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posted on Apr, 1 2008 @ 02:05 AM
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Opening Statement:


"Raul Castro, Fidel Castro's 76 year old brother, Will NOT improve conditions in Cuba"

While Raul Castro may cast himself in a reformist light we must be leery of expecting him to bring sufficient change to Cuba. He will improve some conditions, but these will mainly be for show.

I will show throughout this debate that Raul Castro is actually not going to be in power long enough to truly improve conditions in Cuba. Raul, born on June 3rd 1931, is Fidel Castro's younger brother. Fidel stepped down at the age of 81. Raul is only 5 years behind Fidel, and a replacement must be in line before he can step down. All Raul truly is is a guarantee that Communism will survive in Cuba; by finding the best replacement for a Castro possible, and building him up to be the new Fidel.

Not only is Raul in his later years, and only a few behind Fidel, he also has the same basic political beliefs as Fidel and as such will not be willing or able to improve overall conditions throughout Cuba. Raul has already taken steps to make a show of improving conditions. Cuban Citizens can now stay in local hotels... He is also Advocating for Gay Rights... but he is not working on lifting the trade embargoes set against his country in 1958. He is not working on allowing Cuban political prisoners free. He's not making legitimate moves towards a truly, wholly improved Cuba. Slight improvements; of course. But truly significant moves towards keeping Cuba improving and advancing will not happen in Raul Castro's time.

Raul Castro was a failed Military leader and will be a failing political leader.


With that I submit the floor to Illusions Are Grander,

Coven



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