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From: "Pedro Martori"
Subject: GREED VS. EMBARGO
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Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 19:02:18 -0400
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 19:01:30 EDT
Organization: Bell Sympatico
I rather would put it as STUPIDITY OR SHORT SIGHTED VISION...
IF THAT REGIME GOES TO THE GARBAGE BIN OF HISTORY...THEN THEY
WOULD BE DOING BUSINESS
IN BIGGER AND TRUELY...BUT NOT WITH A DICTATOR WHO DO NOT PAY !
JUST THINK HOW MANY THINGS OR PRODUCTS DO THE CUBAN PEOPLE NEED
AND THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE TODAY BUT THAT WOULD BE PURCHASED
BY THEM IF THERE WOULD NOT BE...
NO MORE RESTRICTIONS, REPRESSION AND MONOPOLY BY THE REGIME FOR
TRADE AND BUSINESS.
Asunto: GREED VS. EMBARGO Â© 2002 ABIP by Agustin Blazquez
Fecha: Saturday, September 14, 2002 2:44 AM
GREED VS. EMBARGO Â© 2002 ABIP
by Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton
The recent corporate collapses and scandals in the U.S. business
have exposed the evils of greed when it becomes the basis for
making. Greed is certainly a bad advisor as it tramples the moral
principles on which America was founded.
Greed and illusory dreams of profits were the foundations of the
2002 vote, 262 to 167, in the Republican-led House of
favor of easing the economic embargo against the Castro regime
American tourists visit Cuba.
For some time now, Castro has been able to buy goods from the
U.S. on a
cash-only basis -- no credit. But the legislation passed by the
allow Castro to buy on credit.
In 1986 he began suspending all payments of his international
debt. Debt to
governments and debt to businesses. Since he is the only
businessman in Cuba,
he can do that. As a result, many countries have withdrawn their
for him to buy on credit. Absolutely nothing has happened to
suggest that he
has changed his tune an will now begin to take his debts
seriously. So, for
the U.S. to now begin to sell to his regime on credit it is an
Cubaâ€™s Foreign Debt
"Cubaâ€™s Foreign Debt" released on August 19, 2002 by the Cuba
Project (distributed by La Voz de Cuba Libre), offers an
accounting as of the
end of 2001: owed to the European Union, $10.893 billion; to the
Eastern Europe, $2.2 billion; to the former Soviet Union, $25
England, $196 million; to Japan, $1.7 billion; to China, $400
Argentina, $1.58 billion; to Mexico, $380 million; to Venezuela,
million; to Canada, $73 million; to Chile, $20 million and to
From the same report, "Cuba's foreign debt owed to numerous
remains unpaid. The Castro regime lacks the resources to even pay
these obligations. Several European governments are now refusing
further export credit to Cuba. According to a Reuters report on
July 6, 2002,
â€˜the island is notorious for paying its debts late . . . and
private creditors report that the situation has grown much worse
months.â€™ As The Economist noted in May 2001, â€˜France, Italy and
have recently cut off further credit to Cuba, in a bid to claw
back some of
what they are owed.â€™"
I am willing to say it out loud. If the U.S. government allows
extend credit to Cuba, and, true to form, Cuba doesnâ€™t pay, the
government will be obligated to save the U.S. farmers who
their trust in the U.S. government by extending the credit. I say
because, now that Iâ€™ve said it out loud, the U.S. farmers know
the dangers of
selling to Cuba on credit.
Once the U.S. government pays Castroâ€™s debts for him, then our
will be used to support a tyranny. Isnâ€™t there a little moral
But greed is very powerful. And apparently our businessmen and
care about who would eventually be paying, as long as they make
profits. Our politicians, supposedly, must protect the interests
constituency, who are taxpayers and who will eventually be faced
bill for the irresponsibility of this small but powerful special
Soon in Congress and with the help of the well-financed
pro-Castro lobby on
Capitol Hill, politicians will try to pass, and probably will
colors, another similar action in favor of easing the U.S.
another victory to the old and now "untouchable" tyrant-for-life
That victory will be one more defeat for the Cuban people since
prolong their suffering.
But there are no moral principles driving our businessmenâ€™s
greed. Just look
at China, where, thanks to American businessmen, it has become
and threatening to the U.S. than ever and the three decades of
has not brought the oppressed Chinese people any closer to
Castroâ€™s â€˜Engagementâ€™ With the World
Usually unmentioned during times of "I know, letâ€™s lift the
U.S. embargo says nothing about Cubaâ€™s trade with the rest of the
his "engagement" with the rest of the world made him change his
posture, improve human rights or the living conditions for the
Obviously not. Any benefit Cuba gains from the engagements are
not the people.
Has international business engagement brought a change in Castro
intentions about the future of Cuba? Obviously not, as he
continues with his
tired, old "Socialism or death!," which Cubans on the island
"Socialism is death!"
So, where is the logic in the argument that lifting the U.S.
his regime credit and flooding his bankrupt economy with U.S.
will encourage him to mend his ways?
The fallacious engagement theory that Castroâ€™s apologists,
lobbyists on Capitol Hill, accompanied by the greedy U.S.
have been using to justify their despicable actions, is that it
change and improve the living conditions in Cuba. Also the naÃ¯ve
exposing Cubans to American tourists will bring new ideas and
will foster a
tilt toward democracy, is simply unrealistic.
Cuba is an apartheid society where ordinary Cubans are not
allowed in the
tourist areas - except as servants and security agents to keep
control and separated from the rest of the population. Ordinary
penalized for mingling with tourists.
Cubans are painfully aware who has been helped by "engagement".
with foreign companies are all administered by the armed forces
secret police. The payoff is only for Castro â€“ keeping him in
repressing the people. Ordinary Cuban citizens are not allowed to
partnerships with foreigners.
The Cubans who work in these international businesses are aware
foreign companies pay salaries in U.S. dollars to Castro and he
in turn pays
them a very small fraction in worthless Cuban pesos. They are
aware that as
workers for these foreign companies, they have no bargaining
rights. They are
aware of the differences between the opportunities of foreigners
and those of
the ordinary natives â€“ thus their hatred for the resulting
This whole process sets up a hatred for the foreign exploiters,
ordinary Cubans are not only taken advantage of by Castro but by
international business community.
Canadians, Mexicans, Spaniards and other Europeans are
Castroland and having the audacity to buy vacation places there
are risking their lives â€“ 85,876 deaths so far - trying to escape
And apparently the greed extends to U.S. businessmen, swamping
issues of the welfare of the expendable little Cubans.
The â€˜Politically Correctâ€™ Mantra
Many U.S. businessmen keep trying to join the herd of profiteers
pressuring the Bush administration to change U.S. policy toward
efforts of the pro-Castro lobby in the U.S. have been to convince
politicians, and the American people - with the full
collaboration of the
U.S. media and academia - that lifting the embargo against Castro
change in Cuba toward democracy.
That has become the "politically correct" mantra, while
correctly" maligning, censoring and discrediting the Cuban
oppose the lifting of the U.S. embargo.
This heavily orchestrated campaign has succeeded to thoroughly
American people to a point that they have become insensitive to
tragedy. And Americans traveling illegally to Cuba through third
has become "chic." And to encourage this illegality, Castroâ€™s
officials do not stamp their U.S. passports.
I often think how ironic it is for the Americans to want to
visit a country
where 90% of the enslaved population wants to get the hell out of
happy-go-lucky vacationers seem to have no problem with being
served by the
American politicians have also fallen victim to the fad, as they
an staple in Castroâ€™s anti-embargo propaganda ploy. The
garnering favorable publicity by participating in this parade of
Minnesota Wrestler-Governor, Jesse Ventura, who plans to be in
September 26-30 and met with Castro, of course.
In his elected position, Gov. Ventura, as well as other visiting
politicians, must know that Cuba is a virulent anti-America
that for 43 years has been waging a covert war against the U.S.
a threat to our national security. Castroâ€™s Cuba is a training
terrorists and allied in international terrorism directed against
Castroâ€™s Cuba is not a friendly nation.
It should be considered un-American and unpatriotic to visit
less to lend an economic hand, a platform and an opportunity for
to trash the U.S. once more. There are a lot of reasons not to
After 43 years of the most brutal tyranny in Cubaâ€™s history as
well as in
the Americas, it seems that the drive should be for the
continuation of a
policy based on moral principles and scruples against a criminal
illegitimate regime that has raped the Cuban people of their
right to live
with freedom and dignity.
Sadly, the Europeans and others have shown to be totally
insensitive to the
Cuban tragedy and behave without principles and scruples in their
with the Castro regime. But I believe that America is different
and we should
not descend to those levels. We must not act like them.
"Disinvestment" was the right moral principle for the
community in the case of South Africa. Why do the opposite for
Demanding a unilateral change of policy from the U.S. without
Castro and communism must go from Cuba is hypocritical and a
the suffering Cuban people. Lifting the U.S. embargo is not the
disinvestment is the moral thing to do.
By exploiting the situation in Cuba because of greed, the U.S.
community becomes a collaborator and partner in Castroâ€™s crimes.
Cubans are crying for an end to their misery and are not going
to forget and
forgive those who collaborated with their oppressor.
The people who love freedom and democracy in the U.S. should
want the same
for Cuba. They should urge all those politicians responding to
of the pro-Castro lobby on Capitol Hill and greedy U.S.
for the imaginary profits promised by the propaganda machinery of
regime, to stop their immoral drive and instead help by
disinvesting in Cuba
to help get rid of the last tyranny in the Americas.
Â© 2002 ABIP >>
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