I was part of an interesting conversation a few days ago; basically some American friends of mine think, when Castro dies, communism in Cuba will go with him; the US embargo will be lifted and trade will resume, with the Amercians being able to take full advantage of Cuba for vacation and developmental purposes. Is all this true or just “beer talk.?”
In the same conversation my American friends said they thought the Cuba embargo was a dinosaur but they are in a Catch 22 situation. If they lift it before Castro dies, it is admitting defeat, something the American Government wants to avoid. Yet the US has opened trade with the Russians and the Chinese. (quote from US friend: “We trade with China! We’re having the Olympics in Bejing for crissakes! Those guys wrote the book on Human Rights violations!”) As an aside, these guys were amazed to learn I had vacationed in Cuba. I told them: “I was there for a week and no one asked me for spare change. Then I came home to Toronto and 3 guys asked for a hand out between the luggage carousel and the taxi stand!”
Anyway, sorry to make this so long. Hope it doesn’t hinder any replies!