An editorial today by Eric Margolis in the Canadian paper Edmonton Sun broaches the subject of change in Cuba since the crowning of the new king last week. Mr. Margolis, correctly I should add, surmises that as long as the inner circle of castro, Inc. remains in power, any change will be small and slow to come.
So what’s next for 11 million long-suffering Cubans? Slow speed ahead, for the present, with modest reforms. The army has assumed more power. The economy will remain on life support, kept going by free oil from Venezuela and tourism. Cuba will remain a tropical police state with a clapped out Marxist economy.
Mr. Margolis—who apparently has been around and has some very deep connections—even goes further and shares with his readers some inside information he has received from French Intelligence sources:
French intelligence sources tell me there is a growing risk of major street violence by poor blacks, who make up 60% of the population and live in slums ringing Havana. Army units have been deployed around the capitol.
The first half of Mr. Margolis’ editorial appears to be a logical and informed opinion of how all is not well on the Cuban island, despite of what the castro regime sycophants would like us all to believe. It is not until the second half of the editorial where he returns to the usual myopic view that the cure for Cuba’s totalitarian disease is the lifting of the US embargo. A view, which Mr. Margolis clearly illustrates by his choice of words, that is based more on hatred of the US and the Cuban exile community than any logic or history.
The nearly half-century U.S. blockade of Cuba is incredibly stupid and must be ended. It probably will be if the Democrats win the White House, in spite of right wing Cuban exile voters in south Florida who keep the embargo alive.
If Americans really want to help long-suffering Cubans, they must engage politically and economically with Havana and end the embargo.
While Mr. Margolis blasts the US and Cuban exiles for being the only thing standing in the way of freedom for the Cuban people, he fails to explain to his readers how he came to the logical conclusion that “…to help long-suffering Cubans, they [Americans] must engage politically and economically with Havana and end the embargo.” This would be quite a feat when you consider that by his own admission in the first half of the editorial, after billions of dollars in trade from Canada and millions of Canadian tourists flooding the island, Cuba remains a “a tropical police state with a clapped out Marxist economy.”
At the risk of sounding facetious I have to ask Mr. Margolis just what is so much better about American tourists and American businesses that he feels they can accomplish what the millions of Canadian tourists and the billions of dollars in Canadian trade have not been able to? Are Americans that much better than Canadians when it comes to being envoys of freedom and liberty?
Could it be that subconsciously Mr. Margolis feels Canadians are inferior to Americans? Or, does he just ignore logic when it comes to anything that has to do with American foreign policy?
My guess? It is a little of both.