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Raul Castro and the Mending of Fences
American Thinker ^ | July 29, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo

Posted on 07/29/2012 3:05:58 PM PDT by jfd1776

Raul Castro, dictator of Cuba and brother of dictator emeritus Fidel Castro, is in the news. He took advantage of a Cuban national holiday on July 26, 2012 (a national holiday in a communist country -- now that sounds like fun, doesn't it?), to announce his desire to reopen relations with the United States.

Castro seems reasonable; he says that anything can be on the table, as long as it is a conversation between "equals" -- he emphasizes that Cuba is nobody's puppet, after all.

The Castros seem discouraged that the USA never "forgave and forgot" with Cuba, the way that the USA did with so many other countries two decades ago. We patched things up with East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, even Russia! Why not with Cuba too?

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/07/raul_castro_and_the_mending_of_fences.html#ixzz223GimKzK

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TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Politics; Travel
KEYWORDS: communism; cuba; fidelcastro; raulcastro
Raul Castro is making overtures to talk with the USA again.

We've had a boycott against Cuba for a long time. Do we remember why?

The American Thinker was kind enough to publish my thoughts on the matter today. So if you're interested, here it is.

1 posted on 07/29/2012 3:06:06 PM PDT by jfd1776
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To: jfd1776
Thank you for a well written, well reasoned article.

Also a nice refresher on recent history.

2 posted on 07/29/2012 3:33:40 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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Elderly murderers wish three things above all: to sleep without nightmares; to die peacefully; and that their families should prosper after they are gone. With that as leverage, the purpose of talks with the Castros should be to negotiate the terms for the end of their regime, making clear that we insist on a speedy and full transition to democracy.

We should explain that we prefer to see Cuba experience a bloodless transition and a process of national reconciliation, as occurred in East Germany and Poland, for example, and not a bloody end for the regime's leaders and their families as occurred in Romania and Libya.

In our first session of talks, we should say, "Mr. Castro, if you wish a peaceful transition, then you must begin now: release the American citizen you hold, Mr. Gross, immediately, and release all your political prisoners; restore full civil rights; and schedule free elections. When that is done and irreversible, we can talk about normalization of diplomatic and commercial relations."

3 posted on 07/29/2012 3:50:36 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: jfd1776

Thanks for writing this.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 3:58:06 PM PDT by FreeManWhoCan ( (o) (o))
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To: Rockingham

Dear Raul and Fidel:

May every freedom loving Cuban, Cuban-American and freedom loving people everywhere soon have the privilage of pi$$ing on your graves!

Filled with hatred,

WellyP


5 posted on 07/29/2012 5:28:24 PM PDT by WellyP (question!)
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To: jfd1776

Don’t be fooled, there is no greater proponent of the US Embargo and travel restrictions than Fidel Castro himself.

And his limp-wristed brother Raul would never go against him while he’s still alive.


6 posted on 07/29/2012 5:31:14 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Fast & Furious: Proof the Government should not have access to guns)
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To: jfd1776
We patched things up with Romania, too. Shortly after Christmas Day, 1989. Alas, Nicolae Ceaușescu was not around to see the thing. Caught a nasty cold. It might have been the bullet holes. Death to tyrants.
7 posted on 07/29/2012 5:38:27 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Rockingham

And, there’s the matter of compensation for the expropriated property owned by Americans in Cuba. When they pay up, we can talk.


8 posted on 07/29/2012 6:33:13 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
That is not going to happen. As the saying goes, there is no getting blood from a stone. With the exception of the billions stolen by the Castros and their allies and hidden in banks overseas, Cuba is broke, much of its infrastructure is in ruins, and most of its buildings and factories are falling apart for lack of basic maintenance.

Expropriated property claims in post-communist Cuba will almost certainly be resolved through a combination of compensation, recovery, and reinvestment modeled on that used in East Europe. The US already has standby legislation and procedures in place, and Cuban exiles in the US will no doubt apply their energies to the rebuilding of Cuba in a way that will make Germany's post-communist rebuilding process in the East look slothful by comparison.

9 posted on 07/30/2012 12:06:41 AM PDT by Rockingham
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Thanks jfd1776.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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