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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 11 years ago

Al Jazeera English - News - Un Votes Against Us Embargo On Cuba

The UN general assembly has voted overwhelmingly to urge the United States to lift its four-decade-old embargo against Cuba in a resolution adopted for the 16th consecutive year.

The resolution, titled Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial and Financial Embargo imposed by the United States of America against Cuba, was passed with 184 votes in favour, four against and one abstention. Israel joined the US in voting against the resolution, as did Palau and the Marshall Islands. Micronesia abstained.

The embargo should be lifted, though the US won't do it, because it isn't doing any good. It has completely failed to oust the communist government, despite the massive economic strain Cuba went through in the early 1990s, and is contributing to the flow of illegal immigrants trying to escape Cuba, and generally hindering development.




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#2 11 years ago

masked_marsoe;4009403Al Jazeera English - News - Un Votes Against Us Embargo On Cuba

The embargo should be lifted, though the US won't do it, because it isn't doing any good. It has completely failed to oust the communist government, despite the massive economic strain Cuba went through in the early 1990s, and is contributing to the flow of illegal immigrants trying to escape Cuba, and generally hindering development.

Indeed, I don't see any way for the embargo to change the government at all at this point. In fact, lifting it could theoretically help oust communism by allowing at least more of American culture to flow in, though much would still be prohibited by Castro no doubt.

So yes, I agree that embargo should be lifted by now.




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#3 11 years ago

It isnt doing much good IMO. And it will show our care for Cubans. And I also agree it will help with out image in cuba. Besides I know cubans that although hate he cuban governemnt would like to go back and visit families, send money, etc.




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#4 11 years ago

Castro also uses the American embargo as a crutch to explain away his bad leadership that causes poor and horrendous Cuban living condition as the fault of the evil Americans, and to further the erosion of Cuban freedom.




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#5 11 years ago
-DarthMaul-;4009701It isnt doing much good IMO. And it will show our care for Cubans. And I also agree it will help with out image in cuba. Besides I know cubans that although hate he cuban governemnt would like to go back and visit families, send money, etc.

My parents/grandparents left Cuba in the late 70s because of the Cuban government. I don't recall any specifics on how the change in government effected them personally since I'm sure they told me when I was just a wee lad.

I would love to go to Cuba while my parents/grandparents are still around so I can go to their old home and neighborhoods. I know my grandmother still has a sister that lives in Cuba who she still calls from time to time, so I'd like to meet her as well.




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#6 11 years ago

Castro is old and sick. His brother (whom will probably take over upon Fidel's death) will likely prove to be a considerably more moderate leader. I reckon the US is waiting for that to happen before lifting the embargo. Nevertheless, this embargo is not hurting Castro personally, more the Cuban people as a whole. Lifting the embargo would likely and quickly bring capitalism to Cuba - and there is nothing that scrubs out communism like capitalism...just look how far China has come economically speaking, in the past 10 years.




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#7 11 years ago

IMHO if it hasnt worked in 40 years why do we think keeping it in place will make a difference?

Drop the embargo and normalize relations with Cuba. We dont have to buddy up with them and hug and kiss but we can co-exist.

When Castro dies, and I dont mean that in a bad way, at the minimum the US should drop the embargo and normalize relations.




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#8 11 years ago

What's the point in even holding the UN vote? The US won't do anything about the embargo, even though the UN votes to lift it.

But I suppose the fact Israel voted with the US on this one is not surprising.




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#9 11 years ago

The UN can put international pressure on the US to end the embargo, though.




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#10 11 years ago

The UN can't really put pressure on Permanent Security Council Members. They have some power over smaller ones, but not the biggies (or those who have good relations with the Permanent chairs, like Israel). Keep in mind that it is because of the Permanent members that the UN can continue to function honestly.

The Embargo was fine when the Americans were afraid of the Soviets trying to increase influence in an area that was simply too close for comfort. The fact that the Embargo was placed partially as a result of perssuring from businessmen who lost their sugar plantations isn't too good either. And as Norton has said, Castro continues to blame the Embargo for the issues, not his poor leadership and economic planning from the party.

Lifting it all at once would be unreasonable, but doing it through phases would be the best course to go. By at least improving relations somewhat with Cuba, America can put on a better picture to the rest of Latin America, opposite of what nuts like Hugo Chavez continue to insinuate.