Cuba…and the eternal question- which came first, the chicken or the egg?


Ok, this is inspired by many of the responses to Obamas move towards normalizing relations with Cuba. Including the WaPo’s editorial piece here.

I am not in denial of the myriad of problems in Cuba.Nor of the abuses.

But I must ask- what role our own actions played in all of this? How different may things have been if America did not spend decades do everything it could to undermine any alternative economic (and related political) system in the world? If Cuba had never faced constant threat of violence. If it’s leaders did not face constant threat of murder. If America had honored it’s capitalist ideals- allowing trade- not just from american countries but from any country that wanted to do business with US companies?

To have anything approaching an honest conversation, we MUST ask ourselves what role did we play? What evil became as a sole result of reaction to our narrowminded actions? And of course- we also gave them “an enemy”. I, as no one does, or could, have any idea how things might have been differnet without our actions- and their responses to them. But we also gave them a bulwark against their own failures- an enemy to blame for their failures or drastic actions.

It is long past time that our country take accountability for our actions. And honestly discuss how these actions often cause as many problems, if not more, then they solve. That we ourselves play a makor role in creating the problems that plague us.

And, as a somewhat related aside, I wonder what normalized relations with Cuba would mean for our immigration debate? Surely it will mean the end of the unique policy (feet wet/feet dry) where every cuban who makes it on to US soil automatically gains citizenship.

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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3 Responses to Cuba…and the eternal question- which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  1. btg5885 says:

    Good post. Per a nationalized US citizen from Cuba, he notes the embargo did precisely what you said. It emboldened a dictator to blame others for their woes. Free trade will break down barriers and be a goodwill engine of commerce.

  2. Barneysday says:

    It is long past time to normalize relations with Cuba. The politician blowhards against it are playing to the crowds, and have no understanding of the economic or humanistic factors involved. And as I noted elsewhere, why are we complaining about their behavior, when we treat people the exact,same way, on their very same island.

    Great post

  3. List of X says:

    And I believe that the US was the only one boycotting Cuba, which is a pretty ineffective way to boycott anybody.

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