Skip to comments.Raul Castro and the Mending of Fences
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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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.
Also a nice refresher on recent history.
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."
Thanks for writing this.
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,
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.
And, there’s the matter of compensation for the expropriated property owned by Americans in Cuba. When they pay up, we can talk.
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.
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