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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-20-11 01:26 PM
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8. It's not a threat. Not the kind they make it out to be.
It's not a threat to "the American Dream" or "the American way of life" the way TPTB would have us believe. It's a threat to THEIR way of life, the imperial way of life.

Think Ahnuld and his contraband Cuban cigars. It's all about keepin' the brown and the black (and the yellow and the red) people from being like "us." And it's all about making sure "we" enjoy everything special that ought to be theirs. Cuban sugar. Honduran bananas. Venezuelan oil. Monroe Doctrine and all that other bull shit.

The people of Cuba had had it with Batista, and they ousted him. And they wouldn't give in to the Americans. Not even after the missile crisis. Not even after the collapse of the Soviet Union. They've paid a price for it, too, but I think they've won a huge victory.

I'm not saying Castro is/was/has been perfect. And maybe whatever the shortcomings of his regime have been are a result of a stubborn intransigence on the part of the Cuban people to keep him in power just as a thorn in the side of Washington DC. Maybe they had seen what happened to Guatemala and determined it wouldn't happen to them.

But Washington had to contain him, had to contain that socialist model of universal health care, universal education, etc., etc., etc. When they couldn't do it in Cuba, they had to do it in Chile. In Vietnam. That's why Carter's ceding of the Canal Zone back to Panama enfuriated the right wing. How dare he!

Cuba's threat is that it's not a threat; it's just a quiet peaceful example of defiance. And the powers that be can't fucking stand it.



Tansy Gold, who if she didn't have all these "possessions" would happily move to either Spain (first choice) or Cuba (second choice)
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