Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Cuba

Of all the socialist revolutions it was only Cuba that could claim to have fulfilled any of the promise to create a better world. At a time when the rest of Central and South America, under the umbrella of the US, was mired in poverty, Cuba established health and education services that really did improve the condition of the everyday person.

It's possible to argue that Cuba may not have degenerated into what it has become today had the US not been hostile to Castro's government from the very start. And possible to argue that a less hostile approach now would enable a smoother transition to democracy. (I'm not completely convinced - Castro set himself up as ruler for life and much of what followed arose from that).

But I find Malcolm McAllister and Miguel Ramirez overly keen to defend as system that has failed.

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