Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fidel Resigns: Should the Embargo stay?

As you all may know by now Fidel Castro resigned his position as President last week. Although everyone may think this as a catalyst for change in Cuba, nothing has happened. The Cuban economic embargo enacted during the Cold War designed to prevent American companies to do business with Cuba is still in place. Wouldn't taking down the embargo open the antiquated Cuban culture to a capitalist influence? If we do business with China, a communist country, why not Cuba?

2 comments:

Nikki M said...

I find it amusing that the United States is making plans for Cuba to ask for our assistance in a democratic transition. Because we have such a stellar record. Iraq - now there is an example of a democracy well on its way. And how about the way we've tried to covertly intervene in other Latin American countries throughout the 80s and 90s?
Like Luizmaia said - China is a politically communist (economically semi-capitalist - but still!) country and we're not shutting the door on them. Our government needs to mind their own business. When the Cuban people want democracy let their civil society demand it. In the mean time enough of this embargo nonsense, it didn't starve Cuba out of communism in the past 40 years and it won't start now.

ashley said...

From my understanding, this embargo forced Cuba to become a more self-sufficient nation. So, maybe it wasn't the worst thing for them, and maybe they won't be jumping at the chance to invite the US in to "solve" all of their problems. As the article suggests, real change in Cuba must come from within; the people must want change. A change in the leader or a supposed change in the governmental structure will not be enough for the entire country to truly transition.