Monday, September 20, 2010

Castro The Cuban Model

It seems as if Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has, in his dotage, become an anti-Castroite.

"The Cuban model,” Castro said recently, “doesn't even work for us anymore,” a sentiment that easily could have gotten the speaker a 20 year sentence in one of Castro’s prisons had he been anyone other than Castro.

George Will offers an analysis of the 84 year-old Marxist and one of his enablers, Jean Paul Sartre.

Will ends his column by calling for an end to the boycott of Cuba:

“Today, U.S. policy of isolating Cuba by means of economic embargoes and travel restrictions serves two Castro goals: It provides an alibi for Cuba's social conditions and it insulates Cuba from some of the political and cultural forces that brought down communism in Eastern Europe. The 11th president, Barack Obama, who was born more than two years after Castro seized power, might want to rethink this policy, now that even Castro is having second thoughts about fundamentals.”
All very well and good, but Will offers no answer to the all important question: What possible objection can Mr. Obama have to Castro’s anti-business model?


Bruce Rubenstein said...

Don...Obama has objected to Cuba's "model" numerous times, both when he was campaigning and subsequent to the campaign.This 50 plus years of the embargo hasn't helped the suffering Cuban citizens as much as it has helped prop up the Castro brothers by giving them an enemy to organize against.Anyone who deals in political logic would hopefully agree that the embargo hasn't worked and that it is time to get rid of it.I prefer that we establish normal relations with Cuba, with the hope that as the Cuban citizens see how we live, they will want to live like us.The more Cuban citizens that come in contact with us and see how we live the more likely the chance for fundamental change in Cuba.

Don Pesci said...

George Will agrees with you. My personal preference is to wait until the devils drag both Castro brothers off to the socialist quarentine in Hell they so richly deserve. I may be over-ruled.

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