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The real purpose behind the ‘reforms’ in Cuba

Naturally, the media, "Cuba Experts," and Castro sycophants here in the U.S. have been parroting Cuban State propaganda that the supposed reforms taking place on the island are clear evidence that the Castro dictatorship is changing for the better and slowly opening Cuba's closed totalitarian society. This narrative plays right into their long-running propaganda campaign to have the U.S. lift sanctions on the lawless Castro crime family. This would allow them to access credit from the U.S. and bilk America and us taxpayers for billions of dollars, as it has done to practically every other country that has given them credit.

However, these highly-touted "reforms" are really designed to do  one thing and one thing only: To guarantee the survival of Cuba's monarchical apartheid dictatorship and their half-century long stranglehold on power. If anyone doubts this is the case, perhaps Cuban dictator Raul Castro's own words yesterday in the Cuban parliament will clear up their confusion:

Raul Castro issues stern warning to entrepreneurs

http://hosted.ap.org/photos/B/b88aa4e7-2fe8-49fa-8f0e-55121982aae7-small.jpgHAVANA (AP) -- President Raul Castro issued a stern warning to entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of Cuba's economic reform, telling parliament on Saturday that "those pressuring us to move faster are moving us toward failure."

Castro has legalized small-scale, private businesses in nearly 200 fields since 2010, but has issued tighter regulations on businesses seen as going too far or competing excessively with state enterprises. In recent months, the government has banned the resale of imported hardware and clothing and cracked down on unlicensed private videogame and movie salons.

Castro threw his full weight behind such measures in an address to the biannual meeting of the communist legislature, saying "every step we take must be accompanied by the establishment of a sense of order."

"Inadequate controls by government institutions in the face of illegal activities by private businesspeople weren't resolved in a timely fashion, creating an environment of impunity and stimulating the accelerated growth of activities that were never authorized for certain occupations," Castro said.

In other words, these "reforms" are all great and wonderful only if and as long as they serve their intended purpose of guaranteeing the Castro regime's power and total monopoly of the country's economy.

The Cuban dictator also addressed relations with the U.S. and came up with this incredibly interesting argument:

He told lawmakers that Cuba wants better relations with the U.S. but will never give in to demands for changes to Cuba's government and economy, saying "we don't demand that the U.S. change its political or social system and we don't accept negotiations over ours."

To a reader completely ignorant of the situation in Cuba over the past fifty-plus years, Castro's statement that he does not demand changes of the U.S. so they should not demand them of him sounds very reasonable. And if Cuba were run by a government that respected human rights, that did not regularly imprison or assassinate those who oppose them, and did not operate like an international crime syndicate engaged in drug trafficking, kidnapping, illegal arms sales, and money laundering, that would have been a very good point. But alas, that is not the case.

Cuba's regime has no moral or legal standing to demand that their crimes against humanity be not only ignored, but respected. That would be akin to a parent who violently abuses his children regularly who when confronted by another parent over his heinous acts, his reply to the other parent would be: "I don't tell you to beat your children, so you can't tell me not to beat mine."

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