Cuban dictator Fidel Castro isn’t dead yet â€” despite the celebrations in Miami this week (see photo). But the Castro era is nearing a close â€” and what will take its place? The Bush administration is hoping Castro’s death will unleash an immediate and unstoppable democratic revolution.
But other Cuba-watchers expect more of a transition period. Considering what we’ve learned in Iraq about nation building, it might be best to go slow.
Probably the best way for the United States to encourage democratic change in Cuba is to end the decades-long economic embargo of the island.
Opening Cuba to trade and tourism would bring a flood of new ideas, money and hope to the island. And it would give the communist dead-enders fits.
What do you think, bloggistas? What’s in store for Cuba?
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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