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Should We Embrace A Castro Free Cuba?

Written by | April 17th, 2009

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the invasion of Cuba by anti-Castro forces. Nearly 1,500 Cuban exiles, trained by the CIA landed at the Bay of Pigs and proceeded in an attempt to oust then Premier Fidel Castro. As history tells us, the attempt failed, but some suspect that the failure wasn’t because of lack of training or equipment. Instead we learn that quite possibly the reason for the failure was due to lack of support from the world, particularly in Latin America.

Our President interestingly enough, has proposed loosening some of the requirements of travel and trade embargos with Cuba. Cuban-Americans would be allowed less restrictive travel and many businesses, particularly cell phone providers, would be allowed to expand into Cuba. One might consider that given the history of relations between a Castro led Cuba and the US, this is an appeasement to the demands of the dictator over the last 48 years.

I’d like to offer a different perspective. In our lifetime, it has been vogue to hate the Soviet Union, China, Cuba and all other cultures of communism; however, this new move to put private business into operation in Cuba has some merit. The true defeat of communism comes at the inception of private business in historically communist regimes. When people realize that income can be generated for themselves based upon their hard work and dedication, as opposed to being doled out as rations by a government controlled enterprise, business will flourish and as a result, people will have a better and more productive life. Interestingly enough, the exact opposite holds true as well, as soon as people realize they can vote themselves remuneration from the public treasury, a democracy will fail, but then communism is a far cry from democracy.

The American Dream didn’t come about in a day, and quite honestly, America doesn’t have a monopoly on it. The American Dream is the dream of every man, woman and child around the world, to have a better more meaningful life. By allowing US private business into Cuba, this brings about an important first step in bringing the American Dream to a generation of Cubans that knows little of America other than its geographic presence on a globe.

To attempt to improve the lives of Cubans, in the wake of the 48th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, would serve to improve relations with the Cuban people and open new markets for American goods and services. However, that isn’t the most important aspect of this move. We must think about the humanitarian aspect of reuniting families torn apart by an ideology for which they had little input in creating. We must think about the lost generations of people whose lives were claimed in failed attempts to leave the oppressive island nation and we must think about the future good that is possible in a free Cuban society. The reasons to hate Cuba and Castro are quickly fading into history; Castro’s life will soon come to an end and his brother appears to be ineffective dictator material, so perhaps it is time the olive branch is extended to the broken families on both sides of the border.

This will have a positive outcome, and hearts and minds can be changed, if we have the support of the world, particularly the American people, besides, if normal US-Cuban relations are reopened think of the cigars, we mustn’t forget the cigars.

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3 thoughts on “Should We Embrace A Castro Free Cuba?

  1. KEB Post author

    "It seems the more and more we get involved in foreign affairs, then the more and more we lose our way as a nation."

    You are correct, however, I submit that we have already been involved for many years. The most obvious way is in restricting American citizens travel and making it a criminal offense to spend money in Cuba. Now while I believe we shouldn't support our enemies, and Castro was and continues to be an enemy of the United States, Cuba, sans Castro, could prove to be a wonderful ally. Consider this: They are close to the US geographically. If they are our ally, then our enemies would not be able to utilize the close proximity to threaten US soil. The Cuban people are wonderfully resourceful, they remind me of the immigrants that flocked to the US in the late 1800's. Cuba has oil resources off its coast, and whether you believe in offshore drilling or not, an ally of the US would be more apt to bend to the will of its allied nation than that of its enemy, meaning if we push them to not drill offshore, they probably won't, or if we push them to drill, they probably will.

    Overall, I think there are some very positive things that could come of a renewed relationship with Cuba, however, as I said before, it will take the backing of the American people and perhaps more importantly, our current allies.

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  2. markross

    Hey K,

    If Castro goes, we certainly have to be concerned about a power vacuum that could be filled by some unfriendly people. I don't know who, or what sans Castro means, however, if we can get a rational leader in Cuba that wants to have rational conversation, then it may be indicative to start opening some dialog.

    For any immigrants that seek to come to The USA  "legally", I am all for it.

    I definitely believe in offshore drilling…I nearly died when I heard that The US had all of these resources with ecologically safe methods; however, yet again, it is another over-politicized policy in the country. If Cuba can supply The USA with fairly priced oil, we would probably be crazy not to think about that. However, I would much rather see us tapping into our own resources and not relying on foreign countries for that commodity.

    I am increasingly sounding more and more like an isolationist huh? : )

    Also, I have heard that Cuba still has some American political prisoners; if this is the case, then likely they should be freed or extradited to the states as a pre-condition.

    We should always welcome people here legally, however, I do wish we could somehow stay out of foreign affairs to whatever extent we can. To do that, I suppose that we would need to say that we will always be a good friend, while sending a strong message. : )

    Was it Teddy Roosevelt that said, "speak with a soft voice, but carry a large stick"?

    Mark

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  3. markross

    Assuming that our federal government is not pushing us down a road to Socialism and government control of businesses etc., then I would say, sure why not.

    I think that it is something that we need to step into slowly (if that is possible these days), and just make sure that the money is not going to dictators, and heavy handed government officials.

    When we are sure that the people are benefiting from the fruits of their own labor, then we should absolutely start increasing trade and relations…why not.

    Most people realize that it is not necessarily the political system embraced by the government, or forced on the people, but rather the repression and dictatorships that often follow these systems. This is why we must not allow the government to have too much control in our monetary affairs, businesses etc.

    Actually it is beyond me how the people have allowed these dictators to run their way of life for so long. For people that are overly concerned about Socialism in this country, I am confident that the people will not stand for it, as part of our overall greatness has been based on Capitalism; and as we have seen, Capitalism is not perfect, but with a few minor tweaks, and some fiscally wise leaders, it can be put back on the right path.

    I am not too in tune with Cuban affairs, but I would think by stepping into it slowly, we can start to sense if the citizens of Cuba want they way of life; if they are embracing it, and they can get a leader that has confidence in the citizen’s hard work to make the country run, then sure, we sure go for it; keeping in mind that we still have very serious economic and political issues going on here, right now.

    Your post reminds me of how government, in many cases, actually hurts people as opposed to helping people. I do believe that our founders had a much different vision of our government, then where we are today.

    I don’t want to sound arrogant or not caring, because I am a caring person, however, I just think that we do need to get back to our own roots and really focusing on America First again. It seems the more and more we get involved in foreign affairs, then the more and more we lose our way as a nation.

    Mark

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