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Hypocrisy As Irony

As regular readers of this sheet will know, I am an anarchist and, therefore, I care nothing for socialistic totalitarianism.  However, at the same time I am a strong admirer of Fidel Castro and the Cuban people who have stood up to the might of American imperialism for many decades.  I admire their grit, their determination to be independent, and I admire the social benefits that Castro has brought to the Cubans in the form of health care, education and the like.  And all this in the face of the tightest economic blockade any nation has had to overcome.

Commenting today on the state of Castro's help, US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon said that it was important that Cubans "define their own future".  To help this, the Americans -- not themselves Cubans as I recall -- will spend a further $60 million.  In other words, a foreign power will spend a bunch of money to try to force the Cubans to move in the direction the foreign power wants.  And this in the name of allowing Cubans to define their own future.  The irony is of course lost on Mr. Shannon and all those around him.

August 11, 2006 in America Inc, Cuba, History | Permalink


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I, too, am against the U.S. stance on Cuba. However, I strongly disagree that Fidel Castro deserves admiration. Not all the people in Cuba are in solidarity with Fidel. There is no true democracy in Cuba, and freedom of speech is supressed. There are a number of human rights violations in Cuba. This fact is not subjective. This should never be forgotten. U.S. policy should be opposed, yes, but Castro should only be validated through Cuban polls. This has yet to be done in nearly 50 years.

Posted by: Dave | Nov 30, 2006 6:22:01 PM

As I believe that democracy is a sham, then validation through the polls as you suggest is pointless. I agree that Fidel and his bunch are unsavoury in many respects. However, to deny that he and his party have brought the Cuban people better health care, better infant mortality rates, and higher literacy rates than the USA is to deny simple facts.

Posted by: Jak | Nov 30, 2006 7:06:15 PM

Those are accomplishments. But I don't feel the rights violations are necessary to achieve them. I can't argue about the democracy point with you, but other violations like restricting freedom of speech, movement, and others, should Fidel not be harshly criticized? What does free speech have to do with infant mortality rates?

Posted by: Dave | Nov 30, 2006 9:47:51 PM