Hemlock.... if you compare them to their peer nations like Haiti, Dominican
Republic, Jamaica, or Trinidad... thay are doing remarkably well. Every kid
gets an education. Medical care is available to all. Would you or
I be happy there? Most likely not. But is it safer than the island nations I
mention above... absolutely. Since I work internationally, I work with people
who have vacationed there, and they all comment what a safe place it is to visit
with wonderful beaches and friendly people. I would not exchange
our system for theirs - ever. But lets compare apples to apples. Haiti is in
far worse shape then Cuba... and politically it is about as opposite of Cuba as
How has Cuba done "remarkably well?" Every indicator of economic growth
has been poor. Every aspect of personal freedom and democracy has been
suppressed. They have been the client state of other like minded anti-democracy
countries. Not many Cubans are escaping from the US and defecting to Cuba. The
average Cubans might wonder what "remarkably well" means.
It strikes me as a great national sin to be blockading one of the smallest
countries on Earth simply for spite and fear of their economic system.Cuba has done remarkably well for having the US so close and doing everything
it can to starve them into capitalism.
I think we need to keep up the policy of economic isolation.... sure it
hasn't worked in 50 years, but who knows... just maybe this year the Castro
regime will go "awe shucks" and admit they were wrong....Just maybe.... we should try a new tactic.
How can this be in a Marxist workers paradise? Were it not for the USSR and then
Venezuela subsidizing the Cuban police state, it would have collapsed under its
inefficient, socialist weight, just as the USSR did. Interesting how Cuba has
tried socialism and now the people want personal freedom including economic
opportunity and democracy.