It’s not the US embargo that keeps Cuba poor, it’s the brothers Castro
|Celebrations in Havana for US and Cuba plans to restore ties.|
The headline from this MSN, introduces an article which, ostensibly, is to report on the American initiative to "normalise" the relationship between Havana and Washington.The article of course does nothing of the sort, and soon sinks to the depth of yet another criticism to add to the list of criticisms leveled at Cuba and Fidel Castro in particular, over the last 56 years.The piece of journalistic nonsense, goes the way of all the rest and seeks to explain away the Cuban revolution as just another failed exercise in the "Marxist" experiment of economy management and ignores, as is often the case with American versions of history, the "Why" and the "How". By way of a brief attempt to put the record straight, the following comments may remind us of the reality rather than the myth reported as "fact" in the MSN article.
Since the American backed dictator, gangster and corrupt despot Fulgencio Batista was removed from office as a result of the 1958 revolution, the Cuban people have lost the mafia controlled casino's, brothels, clip joint bars, drugs industry and extreme illiteracy, abject poverty and high infant mortality rates so common on the island. They have gained schools, hospitals, university education, greater life expectation, an improved economy (in comparison to Batista's corrupt system) and a relatively higher standard of living.
The gangsters, drug barons and most other criminals with their links to organised crime and the CIA in the United States, fled to Miami and other parts of Florida to set up, with American backing and assistance, the DRF (Democratic Revolutionary Front), Brigade 2506 and other tin pot organisations with the objective of overthrowing the new Castro regime in Cuba and restoring the dominance of organised crime in Havana. It was these organisations, with CIA finance, arms and training which embarked on the abortive Bay of Pigs invasion fiasco in 1961, a plan about which J. F. Kennedy, the new American President knew nothing until after the event.
|Bay of Pigs.|
Since then however, successive American governments have maintained a policy of embargo and trade restrictions against the Cuban government which to a great extent have been ineffectual in many sectors of the Cuban economy. With perhaps the exception of the "Cuban missile crisis" of 1962, Cuba has maintained a slow but steady growth in the standards of living of the Cuban people (when compared to the days of Batista). There is compelling evidence that Fidel Castro transformed the country from a corrupt and criminal dictatorship into a progressive and (relatively) successful nation, despite the actions and opposition of the United States. In Cuban society, Fidel Castro remains popular and is viewed as "saint" rather than "sinner", no matter how hard Washington and the criminal exiles in Miami may try to convince the world otherwise.
The MSN "journalists" should at least try to give the impression of being objective with their stories rather than trotting out the tired old cliches of discredited American propaganda.