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Siobhan
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Posted - 02/19/2008 :  10:08:09  Show Profile Send Siobhan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just saw on Google news that Fidel Castro has announced his retirement. I've not read the article yet, so I don't know the details. I was just surprised to see it in the headlines when I opened IE today.

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AMC
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Posted - 02/19/2008 :  23:25:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I know - I'm sure I should be more het up about it than I am. My parents visited Cuba a few dacades ago with a professional organization and their perspective was that although he gets a bad rap in the U.S. media and politicians, Castro's done a lot of good in Cuba. It's a much better nation to live in for the poor than its neighbors. I'm thinking this "passing of the torch" to his brother allows Cuba to normalize relations with the US without The US losing face, so I hope it's a good thing.




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diricawl
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  04:57:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Things won't change in Cuba until Castro's long dead. He maintained his one-man rule for decades on his charisma alone. Only after the mystique has worn off will the Cuban people start to think of democracy.

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Siobhan
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USA
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  11:14:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As I understand it, his brother will most likely be taking over-- and he is not much different.

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AMC
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  19:22:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, possibly I'm very un-American in that regard - I don't think "democracy" is the sole measure of the value of a government. Our major trading partner these days is completely repressive and undemocratic but you don't see our politicians demanding that China must change to a democracy or we won't trade with them. The whole business of "Cuba must have democracy" is a crock of crap formulated to justify an embargo suported by ex-pat wealthy Cubans who lost their Cuban holdings when Castro took over. We've been pals with MUCH more repressive regimes over the years, there's no real excuse for the accusations of villainy heaped upon Catro's head - he's certainly no worse than most dictators and has been better than many, as far as I can tell.


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Jokelly
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USA
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  19:34:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm with AMC, I see no reason why we're not trading partners with Cuba. I've always thought it a double standard when we have such a trading relationship with China. I just never understood America's stance with Cuba. I've had it explained and studied it in Economics, but I still don't agree with it.

Just think how different the world would be today if major league baseball had made some different decisions. Fidel Castro's dream was to be a baseball player but the major leagues wouldn't take him. George Bush wanted to be MLB Commissioner and when he didn't get it he went into politics and ran for governor of Texas and then President. Just a thought as we go into spring training.

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JKRisSuperior
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Posted - 02/20/2008 :  22:42:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree with AMC and Jokelly. There is a double standard with regards to the trading controversy with Cuba.
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diricawl
Looney

United Kingdom
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Posted - 02/21/2008 :  03:44:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's a total double standard. The US hates Castro because he beat them, and no one in Latin America is supposed to do that. We traded quite happily with Fulgencio Batista, and he was far worse than Castro. We even traded with Castro for a while. But then he nationalised all the US-owned industries, and we cut off all trade. Next thing you know, he's cozying up to the Russians and calling himself a Communist. We tried to overthrow him and assassinate him, like we do with every Latin American dictator who doesn't play by our rules (see Salvador Allende, Manuel Noriega, the Sandanistas, even, to a certain degree, Hugo Chavez), and he made a fool of us. The very fact that he is able to retire at all is a reminder to America of its impotence.

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