Sun Nov 04, 2007 at 08:20:38 PST
I often find discussions about Cuba frustratingly polemic. On one side are the demonizers, who see everything the Cuban government does as evil, even if it's providing free healthcare, education, or inculcating equality as a value in Cuban society that is not going to be erased by any infusion of capital. On the other side are the romanticizers, who have such tight blinders on that they cannot see anything wrong with anything the Cuban government does. They refuse to admit that the central management system in Cuba suffers from severe bureaucratism, and they rationalize away the human rights abuses that certainly do take place on the island with a Bush-like excuse of, "we'll they're under constant threat, so they have to take tough security measures." What, so it's OK to torture somebody if you're a Cuban government official but not if you're a Bush Administration one?
Really, the only way we're going to get a better perspective on any of this is to get rid of the idiotic embargo and restore full diplomatic relations between the two countries. That's when the dirty laundry will also come out. Like Cuba's relationship with the Stasi.