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An Unexpected Hint of Contrition September 9, 2010

Posted by Dwight and Lynn Furrow in Current Events, Dwight Furrow's Posts, Uncategorized.
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Jeffrey Goldberg in the Atlantic Monthly reports on a surprising conversation with Fidel Castro:

There were many odd things about my recent Havana stopover (apart from the dolphin show, which I’ll get to shortly), but one of the most unusual was Fidel Castro’s level of self-reflection. I only have limited experience with Communist autocrats (I have more experience with non-Communist autocrats) but it seemed truly striking that Castro was willing to admit that he misplayed his hand at a crucial moment in the Cuban Missile Crisis (you can read about what he said toward the end of my previous post – but he said, in so many words, that he regrets asking Khruschev to nuke the U.S.).

Even more striking was something he said at lunch on the day of our first meeting. […] [D]uring the generally lighthearted conversation (we had just spent three hours talking about Iran and the Middle East), I asked him if he believed the Cuban model was still something worth exporting.
“The Cuban model doesn’t even work for us anymore,” he said.
This struck me as the mother of all Emily Litella moments. Did the leader of the Revolution just say, in essence, “Never mind”?
I asked Julia to interpret this stunning statement for me. She said, “He wasn’t rejecting the ideas of the Revolution. I took it to be an acknowledgment that under ‘the Cuban model’ the state has much too big a role in the economic life of the country.”

I guess he is a slow learner—it only took  him 50 years to figure that out.

There are some minor changes afoot  in Cuba:

Raul Castro is already loosening the state’s hold on the economy. He recently announced, in fact, that small businesses can now operate and that foreign investors could now buy Cuban real estate.

Of course we cannot invest in Cuba, or even travel there, because of our idiotic embargo which has probably done more to keep Castro in power than his minions of secret police and informants.

But I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fundamental change in our relations with Cuba in the not too distant future.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com

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1. Paul J. Moloney - September 10, 2010

Though I abhor the extremes of capitalism, nothing would have undermined Communism in Cuba more than capitalism. The embargo is self-defeating.


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