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From: Dr Love
Subject: Re: GREED VS. EMBARGO
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 20:47:08 -0500
Organization: God is Love
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2002 01:56:31 +0000 (UTC)
Pedro Martori wrote:
> 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
> and ethical
> principles on which America was founded.
> Greed and illusory dreams of profits were the foundations of the
> July 23,
> 2002 vote, 262 to 167, in the Republican-led House of
> Representatives in
> favor of easing the economic embargo against the Castro regime
> and letting
> 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
> House will
> 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 As a result, many countries have withdrawn their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
> billion; to
> England, $196 million; to Japan, $1.7 billion; to China, $400
> million; to
> Argentina, $1.58 billion; to Mexico, $380 million; to Venezuela,
> million; to Canada, $73 million; to Chile, $20 million and to
> South Africa,
> $85 million.
> From the same report, "Cuba's foreign debt owed to numerous
> remains unpaid. The Castro regime lacks the resources to even pay
> interest on
> these obligations. Several European governments are now refusing
> to provide
> 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
> public and
> private creditors report that the situation has grown much worse
> in recent
> months.â€™ As The Economist noted in May 2001, â€˜France, Italy and
> South Africa
> 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
> farmers to
> extend credit to Cuba, and, true to form, Cuba doesnâ€™t pay, the
> government will be obligated to save the U.S. farmers who
> (seemingly) put
> 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
> tax money
> will be used to support a tyranny. Isnâ€™t there a little moral
> issue here?
> But greed is very powerful. And apparently our businessmen and
> farmers donâ€™t
> care about who would eventually be paying, as long as they make
> profits. Our politicians, supposedly, must protect the interests
> of their
> constituency, who are taxpayers and who will eventually be faced
> with the
> 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
> with flying
> colors, another similar action in favor of easing the U.S.
> embargo, giving
> another victory to the old and now "untouchable" tyrant-for-life
> of Cuba.
> That victory will be one more defeat for the Cuban people since
> it will
> 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
> more powerful
> 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
> embargo!" the
> U.S. embargo says nothing about Cubaâ€™s trade with the rest of the
> world. Has
> his "engagement" with the rest of the world made him change his
> posture, improve human rights or the living conditions for the
> Cuban people?
> Obviously not. Any benefit Cuba gains from the engagements are
> for Castro,
> 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
> changed to
> "Socialism is death!"
> So, where is the logic in the argument that lifting the U.S.
> embargo, giving
> his regime credit and flooding his bankrupt economy with U.S.
> tourist dollars
> will encourage him to mend his ways?
> The fallacious engagement theory that Castroâ€™s apologists,
> supporters and
> lobbyists on Capitol Hill, accompanied by the greedy U.S.
> business community,
> have been using to justify their despicable actions, is that it
> will bring
> change and improve the living conditions in Cuba. Also the naÃ¯ve
> concept that
> exposing Cubans to American tourists will bring new ideas and
> will foster a
> tilt toward democracy, is simply unrealistic.
> Cubaâ€™s Apartheid
> Cuba is an apartheid society where ordinary Cubans are not
> allowed in the
> tourist areas - except as servants and security agents to keep
> tourists under
> control and separated from the rest of the population. Ordinary
> Cubans are
> penalized for mingling with tourists.
> Cubans are painfully aware who has been helped by "engagement".
> The ventures
> with foreign companies are all administered by the armed forces
> and the
> secret police. The payoff is only for Castro â€“ keeping him in
> power and
> repressing the people. Ordinary Cuban citizens are not allowed to
> enter into
> partnerships with foreigners.
> The Cubans who work in these international businesses are aware
> that these
> 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,
> because the
> ordinary Cubans are not only taken advantage of by Castro but by
> international business community.
> Canadians, Mexicans, Spaniards and other Europeans are
> vacationing in
> Castroland and having the audacity to buy vacation places there
> while Cubans
> are risking their lives â€“ 85,876 deaths so far - trying to escape
> from that
> "foreigners-only paradise."
> And apparently the greed extends to U.S. businessmen, swamping
> the moral
> 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
> Cuba. The
> 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
> will foster
> change in Cuba toward democracy.
> That has become the "politically correct" mantra, while
> correctly" maligning, censoring and discrediting the Cuban
> Americans that
> oppose the lifting of the U.S. embargo.
> This heavily orchestrated campaign has succeeded to thoroughly
> misinform the
> American people to a point that they have become insensitive to
> the Cuban
> 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
> there. The
> happy-go-lucky vacationers seem to have no problem with being
> served by the
I didn't know Castro was holding people against there will?
I thought he opened the prisons and let anyone leave who wanted to leave?
> Demanding a unilateral change of policy from the U.S. without
> demanding that
> Castro and communism must go from Cuba is hypocritical and a
> crime against
> the suffering Cuban people. Lifting the U.S. embargo is not the
> disinvestment is the moral thing to do.
The USA is not suppose to be in the business of overthrowing governments
just because they are under a dictator. Most banana Republics are under
> By exploiting the situation in Cuba because of greed, the U.S.
> community becomes a collaborator and partner in Castroâ€™s crimes.
How is selling needed products to Cuba partnering in crime?
> Cubans are crying for an end to their misery and are not going
> to forget and
> forgive those who collaborated with their oppressor.
Why is it that most of the crying that is going on is by American Cubans
and not Castro Cubans?
> 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
> the pressures
> of the pro-Castro lobby on Capitol Hill and greedy U.S.
> businessmen yearning
> for the imaginary profits promised by the propaganda machinery of
> a bankrupt
> regime, to stop their immoral drive and instead help by
> disinvesting in Cuba
> to help get rid of the last tyranny in the Americas.
Do you want to see the people in Cuba continue to suffer because of
Opening up trade sounds like a step in the right direction.
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