The 50-year tantrum

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Ever try to stay angry at someone -- intensely, constantly, chronically angry -- for 50 days?

How about 50 years?

Such is the Cuban "revolution" -- the 50-year-old trumped-up grudge against the United States that serves as the Castro family's reason to live. To live very well. On the backs of some of the poorest people in the hemisphere.

This is something to light a cigar over?

It is in the minds and in the populist prattle of leftist dictators inspired by Fidel, such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez -- who calls the failed Cuban experiment in mind control "the mother of all the revolutions going on in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Yes, and how's that working out for you?

How many desperate Cubans have risked or sacrificed the choppy 90 miles of sea between their island prison and Florida simply to escape the breast of the "mother of all revolutions"? How many families has Castro separated, as he has forced millions into exile? How many miserable lives has the mother of all revolutions birthed in her 50 years?

Castro's 50-year tantrum is something to mourn, not celebrate. It has kept 11 million people hostage to his Marxist whims, thousands of them in prisons over the years for daring to speak out.

If the United States is the problem, if we are the focus of evil, then pray tell us: Why are millions coming here every year from all over the planet, including Castro's little paradise on concrete blocks?

And while blathering righteous indignation toward the bully to the north all these years, Castro and his thugs have wrongly imprisoned his own people, confiscated private property and apparently forgot to call free and fair elections and reinstitute the 1940 Constitution within his first 18 months in power. Fifty years later, he still hasn't gotten to that little chore.

But, wait. It's all our fault. Right. Forgot that one.

Maybe the embargo against Cuba is out of proportion. Certainly we have better relations with China and Russia, which are much bigger and more problematic communist enclaves.

And there can be no disputing that the embargo hasn't worked. The Castro brothers get all the cigars and brandy they like, no doubt, while ordinary Cubans suffer.

But it's myopic, brainless America-bashing to blame the United States. Castro has always worn the ruby slippers; he's always had the power to close his eyes, click his heels three times and make the mean old embargo disappear.

It is Fidel Castro, and now his successor, little brother Raul, who have chosen this stalemate for 50 years. Blame them, and no one else.

Maybe something can come of talks between Fidel's little brother and a President Obama, who has said there would be no preconditions. But how can you expect someone to simply drop his 50-year tantrum without concessions -- and what have the Castros done to deserve it any?

The poor people of Cuba could have used some leadership over these 50 years -- particularly now, with the global downturn and the island still suffering from three devastating hurricanes last year. With a little humility, the Castros could have brought an end to the standoff with America, to the great benefit of both peoples.

But it's been more important to keep the tantrum going. At any cost.

It has been one of the great tragedies of the Western Hemisphere. And this month it's starting its second 50-year run.

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elliottness
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elliottness 01/03/09 - 06:19 am
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leave it to this rag to

leave it to this rag to always project the perfect,lily white, america,that none of the rest of us can find.batista let american crooks come in there and use cuba as a vacation resort,while making bundles of money from prostitution on down.castro took over and threw the americans out,and they lost all that they had invested.they were so desperate to get back in that they fooled jfk into trying the bay of pigs fiasco.we have had an embargo against them since, no president has lifted it.yes, they come here but where do most go? yes, little havana,and other parts of florida.most do not assimilate,and i would assume most get here more than they give back.we are the ones who refuse to deal with them, not the other way around.i am shocked that the editors didn't blame the democrat preidents, like they usually do.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/03/09 - 06:50 am
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Yes elliotness. Brilliant.

Yes elliotness. Brilliant. America made Cuba what they are today. I notice you don't live there. Cuba is the same hell that Venezuela and Russia is. Only you and Cain and a few other Jimmy Carter want-a-bes seem to long for that life style. I'm sure they'll join you in singing the praises of the wonderful health care and education opportunities available there. May you never get you wish that America becomes like them, regardless of how hard the Dems try to change us.

elliottness
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elliottness 01/03/09 - 07:23 am
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obviously you read my post

obviously you read my post without your glasses?i never said we made cuba what it is, only that we haven't helped by keeping this embargo in place.my point is americans don't give a happy damn about cubans,iraqis, or anyone else.it is has been duly noted for years that we don't stick our nose anywhere unless there is money to be made.i'm sure this paper is really concerned about those on that island,sure they are,lol

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/03/09 - 08:08 am
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There are American and

There are American and Americans. True some have very little care about the rest of the world and how it affects us. There are others that do care and feel the stand we take in not supporting dictators and civil rights violators, especially when they are neighbors, is the right thing to do. The world is a lot smaller then you seem to realize. If you don't care, why bother to comment? This paper is in the business of relaying the news. Caring or not caring is editorial stuff.

shamrock
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shamrock 01/03/09 - 08:35 am
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... and I believe this is the

... and I believe this is the editorial section??

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/03/09 - 09:27 am
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elliotness, get your history

elliotness, get your history right. The Bay of Pigs invasion was part of Ike's 'Two Track' diplomacy. Track One was legit diplomacy and above board regular methods. Track Two was the use of 'dirty trick' diplomacy. Assassination, manipulation, spies, proxy wars, and coups. This 'Track Two' produced the Shah of Iran, Patrice Lumumba's assassination and coup plot that put Mobutu in charge in Congo, The assassination plots against Castro, The assassination of the Diem brothers causing the Vietnam war, and many other things. Kennedy was not 'tricked' into anything, he just inherited a CIA with many things in motion. Now JFK did not allow air support to be flown in support of the Bay of Pigs invasion and that may hav been one of the reasons it failed so he is not innocent. The embargo cannot be lifted without all the exiles losing thier claims when and if Cuba frees itself from the grip of communist dictatorship. Its all about the money and land.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/03/09 - 10:22 am
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Why do you care so much about

Why do you care so much about Cuba? If the Cubans truly wish to be under Democratic rule, I believe that they would do whatever is necessary. We have interfered in Cuba for as long as I can remember and it has not changed a thing. We went as far as holding a little boy hostage in Florida, just because we did not like the life style of the Cubans. Why are we not as concerned about the Haitians or any other country under what we perceive to be a tyrant's rule? Just like we are standing back and allowing what is going on in Gaza, we need to keep or hands and noses out of Cuba.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/03/09 - 10:22 am
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Let Cuba continue to be mad

Let Cuba continue to be mad and isolated. We need somewhere to send our old cars for them to drive.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/03/09 - 11:21 am
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Hold a little boy hostage in

Hold a little boy hostage in Florida? Hey, that's what Clinton and Castro said. We used the U.S. Army against American citizens to free that poor little hostage and return him, under guard, to the free society of Castro. After graduating from a Castro reeducation school, he's now a proud member of the "I support Castro" crowd. Didn't we do that boy a wonderful favor with our army?

shivas
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shivas 01/03/09 - 11:23 am
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Does the AC have any depth of

Does the AC have any depth of thought whatsoever? I thought their editorials were sometimes written as jokes, but now I believe they actually believe in them. Is this your only analysis of Cuba??? State they are the ones to blame? Incredible.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/03/09 - 11:25 am
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Kennedy thought ill of Cuba

Kennedy thought ill of Cuba enough to invade it.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/03/09 - 11:53 am
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Hypocrite - do you have a

Hypocrite - do you have a different history book different from everyone else's? The boy was held by his family in the US and the US government ripped him from their arms and returned him to Cuba to his father as the Cuban government requested. Are you so against the US Government that you can make up stories everyone knows not to be true?

dashiel
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dashiel 01/03/09 - 11:58 am
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Ideology aside. Now imagine

Ideology aside. Now imagine that your car is a 1950s Buick Roadmaster. Do you think you could keep it going using RUSSIAN parts? Do you know any mechanic who could? Give the Cubans a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t. They still make the best rum, jazz and cigars in the world--and they export (albeit on "rental) some excellent physicians. Also, we might not agree with Mr. Ryan on everything, either, but he must be one good writer if he actually and originally wrote a line like "Castro's little paradise on concrete blocks." Makes me want to go out and get his book.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/03/09 - 12:52 pm
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That boy was kept from his

That boy was kept from his Father. In that case why does the U.S. go after parents who take their children to other country if the parent in the U.S. is awarded custody? I mean they are with family. What happened in that case is that those of you who talk the talk but only walk the walk when you agree wanted to violate his father's right. He did not know these so called family members in Miami. He was used by right winged extremist who because they hate Castro so much did not give ad damn if it violated U.S. policy if he was allowed to stay. This boy had a surviving Father that loved him and just because WE think that everyone should live like we do does not give us the right to interfere with a family matter. In that case why in the hell are we kicking out all of the Haitian, Mexicans and others that enter illegally but THEY HAVE FAMILY HERE?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/03/09 - 01:04 pm
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The boy's mother sacrificed

The boy's mother sacrificed her life so she and he could escape Cuba. Castro had a dream that this boy would lead to the overthrow of the Castro regime if he left the country, so he was brought back to be thoroughly indoctrinated in Castro socialism. I guess some call that justice. I think using the U.S.Army against U.S. citizens is wrong. Some obviously don't.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/03/09 - 01:16 pm
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So what? Do you know how many

So what? Do you know how many others have sacrificed their lives to get here? Do you know how many others risk their lives every day to get here only to be deported? The law is the law. It should be applied equally or not at all. You can be heart broken about the situation but we rule with laws not emotions.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/03/09 - 01:19 pm
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Did you have a problem when

Did you have a problem when the Military was used at Kent State or during the 60's? What about when they interned American citizen that was of Japanese descent? How about the Americans of Arab descent that were kick off of a plane?

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griesella 01/03/09 - 01:19 pm
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The "little boy" is in the

The "little boy" is in the best position possible to see that the sacrifice of his mother was not in vain. He could be "the one" who will overthrow the regime and see that the Cuban people are set on a path to democracy.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/03/09 - 01:20 pm
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HYPO - I never said that he

HYPO - I never said that he should not have gone home to his father. What I'm saying is that you have history wrong. It was NOT our government trying to keep him here. The govt went and got him to return him. But I know, it's always the governments fault no matter what huh?

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 01/03/09 - 01:28 pm
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This failed embargo is the

This failed embargo is the same age as the 007 franchise -- an it is pathetic. And it is not a tantrum. And if you wingnuts, such as those at the AC, want to tout your anti-immigrant values, then say that Cubans going 90 mi. from one country to the next have no place here. Or forever be branded as hypocrites.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/03/09 - 01:53 pm
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Maybe I misstated my point. I

Maybe I misstated my point. I supported the government action on this situation. I am talking to the PTs of the world that are so blinded by their hatred of anything Democrat that they are crapping all over themselves trying to make President Clinton a villain in this matter. The problem I have with it is that they took too long for this conclusion. Also they took too long at Waco.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/03/09 - 01:54 pm
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Dang Hypo, did you take your

Dang Hypo, did you take your anti-Cain pill today? Your anti-American reasoning button is stuck.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 01/03/09 - 02:12 pm
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What have I said that is "

What have I said that is " Anti-American" ?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 01/03/09 - 04:05 pm
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Why do we think that we know

Why do we think that we know what is best for other countries? Lately, we cannot even govern ourselves safely, sufficiently and efficiently. When England thought it knew what was best for us as a colony we began a revolution and became a free country. Who the heck do we think we are now by imposing our beliefs on other countries?

elliottness
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elliottness 01/03/09 - 04:54 pm
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hey brad maybe you can return

hey brad maybe you can return and tell all of us dummies why the cia has been in collusion with the mafia for years trying to get them to kill castro?why do they want him dead so bad for?the cia is as rogue today as it was then.isn't it marvellous how these wonderful agents go all around the world wreaking havoc everywhere,and the military has to clean it up?of course the cia doesn't know anything about the jfk assassination either does it?in 29 years the gov't will unseal all of the secret cia files on the assassination, in which time most of us livng then will be dead,and the other generations won't care what really happened.only in america!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/03/09 - 09:30 pm
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Many of the posters here

Many of the posters here remind me of Obama BEFORE he had his security briefing. Heh.

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lukeweyland 01/04/09 - 08:37 am
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Cuba Failed

Cuba Failed Experiment?
Socialist Cuba is still standing as far as I can see with zero illiteracy, universal free health care and universal free comprehensive free education, from preschool to universtity with life expectancy higher than the United States and Child mortality rates lower and despite four recent hurricanes (two of which traversed the whole island) still a steady rise in Gross Domestic Product.

US, Canadian, European Japanese and South Korea's economies are in free fall GDP will be falling unemployment rising, Are these the "Successes" you judge Cuba by?

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qbninc01 01/04/09 - 11:47 am
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Let me start by saying that

Let me start by saying that if you have never been to Cuba or if you are not from there then you have no idea what it is like over there. First, the embargo needs to stay. Castro is to blame for the embargo. Castro wants countries to give him whatever product he needs but he doesn't want to pay for it. He has done this to multiple countries and they are still awaiting payment. Castro and his family have billions of dollars but the people have nothing. You ask why doesn't the Cuban people change and ask for Democracy. Castro has a control on everything. Believe it or not his people know everything that goes on that island and he has total control. People make 3-5 pesos (not dollars) a day. A gallon of milk costs 5 pesos, eggs cost 3 pesos. 3 pesos is equal to about 15 cents US. Could you live off of that. If you have relatives in Cuba and you send them money, Castro takes 20% right off the top for that money entering the country. Then there are certain stores that only take US dollars. The people there cannot thrive because they are kept from doing anything prosperous. Castro wants everyone to thank him for whatever they get.

qbninc01
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qbninc01 01/04/09 - 11:56 am
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Oh let me add this on free

Oh let me add this on free health care. Yes you can go to a doctors office and not worry about health insurance but when it comes to treating you they don't have the medications or they say they can't get it. That's why millions of prescriptions and medications are sent to family members over in Cuba. Simple things like Alka-seltzer, pepto or even aspirin are not available. What good is it if your doctor tells you whats wrong with you but he could not give the right medication because its not available.
"Lukeweyland" I don't know where you get your facts, tell what Cuba produces besides Tobacco which is steadily decreasing in quality every year. They don't even produce sugar any more and they used to be number one. The sugar mills have been destroyed or abandoned over the years.

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