Kevin, owner and proprietor of Wizbang!, has been very busy lately with the 2003 Weblog Awards but he still had the time to join BlogCuba. And what he has to say makes sense, I may have to rethink my views on travelling to the island:
Read this, or as much of it as you can stomach. It’s actually humorous in a totally pathetic way.
It’s clear that the 40+ years of embargo as well as the collapse of the Soviet Union have completly marginalized Cuba to the point that the last thing most people can remember about Cuba is that Eli?n Gonz?les got sent home. That controversy started 4 years ago. Unless you live in South Florida you probably haven’t seen any news about Cuba in years.
The point is travel is still officially banned. Given the history of popular and bloodless revolutions in the last decade, perhaps it’s time to look beyond embargo’s and start engaging again.
Castro is not going to live forever, but communist governments have proven that they can only maintain power in the absence of capitalism or socialism. When populations get a taste for freedom they tend to rise up. This is the big danger for China which is struggling to open markets and change from a command to a market economy while keeping the cork on political freedoms.
Cuba is ripe for revolution from within. The greater our engagement the quicker Castro will fall.
Is that what we are doing?
Not exactly, we are limmiting travel even further.