Monday, May 26, 2008

Is Cuba really threatening?.....

....................Ernesto "El Che" Guevara.......................

As you all may know (especially if you have read my blog and previous posts) Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro is close to death. In his place, Raul Castro, has stepped in for Fidel's. Raul is Fidel's younger brother and is healthier than Fidel--although only by 6 years. Since Fidel stepped down and Raul stepped in, this island country has been taking major steps towards modernization and democratization. It seems as though they are slowly abandoning the views of their Marxist hero, El Che.

Eugene Robinson, a Washington Post writer, has an article titled, "The Insane Cuban Embargo."

Robinson writes, "Now, with Fidel ailing and his brother Raul acting large and in charge, the United States has its best opportunity in years to influence the course of events on the island."

I must say, I agree with Robinson and his views. The "red fear" or "red scare" that the U.S. experienced earlier in its history is nonexistent anymore. I believe we should just begin trading goods with Cuba because at this point the embargo isn't doing anything for the U.S. or Cuba.

Imagine if we did trade with Cuba, their country would then take more steps towards modernization and democratization. Cuba would actually start becoming democratic...CRAZY!

But, when I say democratic, I don't mean that they will become like the U.S. and hold elections and have different parties. What I'm trying to say, and that Robinson clearly said, is that they will become more like China.

Robinson writes, "Raul Castro is not going to transform Cuba into a free-market democracy. But he gives every indication of moving at least some distance down the path that China's leadership has taken, toward becoming a free-market, one-party autocracy...Why wouldn't Washington want to encourage Havana to become more like Beijing?"

All in all, i don't think the U.S. is making a smart move, but as we all know, Bush won't do anything and we are going to have to wait until the next president.

10 comments:

Thomas Phung said...

If the United States in fact starts trading with Cuba, what do you think they have to offer America?

Max said...

The theory of comparative advantage tells us that even if the United States is more efficient at producing everything than Cuba, we will still benefit economically from trade. Apparently, Cuba already exports a lot of different things (besides cigars):

"Sugar, nickel, fish and citrus, along with tobacco products, make up 80 per cent of Cuba's exports. Other exports include coffee and medical products."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/cuba/canada-cuba-trade.html

Anonymous said...

Your going CRAZY with this idea...haha. Cuba has changed just like we have too, the red scare and the embargo should be in the past, agree. This small island country has much to offer but unfortunately we have to wait until Bush is out. ^-^

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