Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Castro Steps Down

One of the longest serving leaders of a country has finally stepped down. What will this mean for Cuba? I don’t expect that a thing will change in Cuba but will it change how we deal with them?

I hope that we will finally give up on the sanctions against Cuba that have done nothing to change things. They will keep running things as they always have and whoever Castro has hand picked will now step up and win the next election. Castro has not “run” Cuba in a long time, his brother has been running things. This is all for show. Has anything changed since his brother took over? No but now we expect change. . . Why?

If you want to see change in Cuba we need to do the same thing we did to East Germany. Allow the US people to go there and show them who and what we are. They will learn through these visits what is available to them and eventually the change will come just as it did with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Sanctions have been in place for over 30 years, they still have not worked and never will. Change in Cuba is only going to happen slowly and only if we get involved. Ignoring it and hoping it will fail does nothing but let them keep the status quo.

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