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Published: Thursday, April 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

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.

the old switcharoo
mesa, AZ

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.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

UtahBlueDevil
Durham, NC

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 can be.

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