Reaction to Cuba Economic News

2010.09.19

Here is something from the Washington Post, followed by my comment published September 18, 2010

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/17/AR2010091706754.html

Pinar del Rio, Cuba

For more than 100 years we in the U.S. have viewed Cuba from our perspective. We got rid of the Spanish, but increased our economic hold with the help of corrupt puppet governments. When the Castros came in with their version of Cuban independence, we could not understand it, since it did not allow us to continue to control the island. Following the lead of exile politicians in Miami, we have made mistake after mistake in trying to tell the Cubans how they should run their country. We are always assured that the end is near for the Revolutionary government if we would just keep up the pressure. So how has that worked for us for the past half century? Ending the economic blockade against Cuba, and the unconstitutional travel ban against the American people is long overdue.

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Comandante!

2010.08.16

jim@cubaconnections.org

The saddest day in the year has passed for some residents of Miami. Fidel Castro just celebrated his 84th birthday, with comments and congratulations  coming in from all over the world.

http://www.postbulletin.com/newsmanager/templates/localnews_story.asp?z=50&a=465202

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2010-08/14/content_11154179.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/08/13/cuba.castro.birthday/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Vowing that he hasn’t changed and that he is still a revolutionary, Castro has come on strong in the past several months, much to the dismay of radical exile Cubans.  It was only 4 years ago that there was literally dancing in the streets of Miami (below) as word spread of his health problems, which the exiles turned into his death watch. Once again, Castro has outlived and outwitted his enemies.

For those of us in the United States, it is more of the same captivity of our foreign policy by those who don’t like the current Cuban government. It is a clear violation of our freedom to travel and has cost American businesses billions in lost trade. Waiting for the Castro brothers to die is hardly a way to build a foreign policy, as the failures of the past 50 years have conclusively proven.