The news of Raul Castro being handed the reins of Cuba has overcome the United States media today. Is the end of socialism in Cuba coming?
Raul Castro is known to be more laid back and capable to connect with the people than Fidel according to CNN. However when it comes to military control, he is a more hard liner than Fidel, the only con about Raul is that he is only five years younger than Fidel.
The Government of the United States probably has it eyes wide open, looking for an opportunity to instill turmoil in Cuba. Let's see how Raul Castro can withstand America's game plan.
I see several possible political strategies that Bush may consider.
Sceneario 1: Proceed with the "USD$80m Freedom Package", if his plan succeeds; I do not think democracy and capitalism will gain popularity immediately and those wealthy Cubans living in Florids may end up alienating the poor Cubans making them believe life was better under Castro. The problem would be that they would not really know how to fight against American Imperialism and eventually McDonald's would take control of Cuba.
Sceneario 2: Proceed with the "USD$80m Freedom Package" knowing it is already set for failure, only to make the Republic Party look like they were committed to freeing Cubans from socialism, but failed only to maintain an election advantage in Florida. This would ensure there is no takeover in Cuba by McDonald's.
With the future of Cuba uncertain, it is a good bet you should take the opportunity to visit Cuba as it is right now to enjoy a nice retreat before the first McDonalds begin popping up in Cuba.
Too many Americans have been brainwashed by the American Government and their wealthy Anti-Castro exiles living in Florida. They are just bitter with Castro because they lost their wealth when Castro did something to help the poor Cubans who suffered from the wealthy Americans and Cubans who exploited them.
Yoy may ask "Why do Cubans try to flee Cuba?". There are many reasons, but I think the main reason why they do this is because of America's embargo against Cuba - creating unnecessary economic hardship (it was designed to create an uprising against Castro, but backfired by encouraging Cubans to migrate to Florida).
FrecklesFly - if we do not have enough money to go to Madrid in 2oo7, let's go to Cuba instead (approx CAD$500 for 2 weeks, all inclusive during the summer). (: