Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Master Plan for Cuba

Fidel Castro is recovering from surgery. Presumably he will recover, but he's still an 80 year old man. What will happen when he dies? I hope someone in the United States has thought this through, and we don't have a lot of knee-jerk "let's invade them now" from the anti-Castro crowd in Miami. Make no mistake... I have little tolerance for communist dictatorships. But Castro's eventual death (from natural causes) will be an opportunity for normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba. It could be very beneficial for both nations (particularly Cuba) to change into a social democracy. Dare I even say it... Canada could play an important role. We have good relations with Cuba and could model our system of social welfare + responsible capitalism to them. Again note that I am more in favour of responsible capitalism than socialism, but it is unrealistic to expect Cuba to transition from communism to full capitalism in one step.


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