wat0n wrote:I didn't use the term "blockade". The Cuban propaganda does.
Oh I understand. You are falling into an equivocation fallacy. Cubans speak Spanish not english. What they say is "bloqueo economico" which translates to economic block which is what an embargo is.
Embargo: an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country.
Lifting the embargo could be interpreted by the government as carte blanche for a much harsher response.
Response against the US? Are you fighting? Response against its people? I doubt it, but even so... don't you think that would work towards further de-destabilizing the cuban goverment? Wasen't that the whole point of the embargo anyway?
It seems that even that argument that the government can just blame the US isn't all that correct anymore, given the protests.
Of course they do and they will. Wether this excuse will change the protester's mind its another question entirely. Probably not, they have grown to hear the same tune over and over. But remember when husband and wife are fighting, if you try to interrupt, chances are they will put aside their differences and shout at you. As far as I can tell, the blockade only works to allow the goverment to have all the cards.
Let family seind their loved ones a few hundred bucks or perhaps a toursit spend some time in the hotel or perhaps cocacola sell some products there. That will accentuate the difference between the people that have $$ and those that do not have $$. How did revolutions happen? When people realize that they have been cheated out of oportunity.
It is sad to cheer for some sort of confrontations between cubans brothers and sisters, but it will have to happen before their system changes. Blood was spilled to institute Castro's dictatorship, I suspect blood will be spilled before his legacy can be erased. I hope not, but again, im a cynic guy.
Most importantly... has the embargo been successful at anything? Other than making the US look fucking stupid and impotent, it has not succeeded. There is no point to it.