Thank you DCB and Ray Suarez, you presented the most reasoned, in-depth discussion about US/Cuba Policy I have seen.
For many years Fidel Castro played a sort of “lift the embargo game”- reverse psychology if you will. In reality this was the least of his desires. One the most important effects of this embargo was that it helped him maintain control through International isolation, mainly from the US, and to reinforce the restraints of a close society.
The lifting of this embargo could have long ago meant the beginnings of openness in the Cuban society or a sort of a Cuban “glassnost” But maybe is not too late and this can still take place. Gradual to total normalization of relations may be the the “oxygen,” as one of your panelists put it, that will help the people of that imprisoned island breathe freedom again in the not too distant future.
Unfortunately, the deep differences of opinion evidenced by the two Cuban participants do not portend a bright future. One a moderate and the other a hard liner. Hard lines are passeé and left to radicals in moderate political discourse. However, and as incisively presented by the moderate Cuban participant, this radical powerful political interests are at work in the US trying to prevent progress.
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