The Ice Cube Of Cuba Continues To Thaw
On Friday, September 18, the US announced that it Is lessening the restrictions regarding trade with Cuba.
President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro have been ironing things out so that the country can get some business going.
The full embargo is still in place and only Congress can remove it. That doesn’t look like something that will happen in the near future as the Republicans are not willing to give Obama another victory.
For 53 years the embargo on Cuba has caused bristles. It almost led to nuclear war. Cuba had been targeted by industrialists, banking, and organized crime, as the biggest vacation and gambling spot ever. When the communists took over, the billion dollar dreams of these organizations and the upset among Cuban American families went into overdrive.
Now, with families able to visit one another, with investment dollars moving in, the Cuban government is looking at where the money is going and how it best benefits them. Cuba has some astonishing medical advances that they want to get out to the rest of the world and that medical tourism will mean immense amounts of revenue to the point that the US’ medical industry is going to be jealous of.
Add to all that, if the Cuban coastlines get upgraded with the latest in hotel and vacation accommodations and technologies, Cuba will have to fight off visitors from all around the world, especially the US.
The potential here is enormous. Cuba is a big island with a land mass equivalent to and sometimes larger than many European and Eurasian countries. Obama sees this as an opportunity not just to be humane, but to make fertile ground for future endeavors. Cuba would make a great space port one day like Florida.
The world in general will be watching to see how they could join in on the fun, and there are analysts out there that are speculating to the maximum on what is going to happen next with Cuba. They want to make sure their interests and investors get a fair shot before Cuba gets gobbled up.
Will the Cuban people get to have a say in what is going on? To some degree. They’re highly resourceful people, but many still live in poverty. Cuba tries to take care of their population, but needs help.
The American people are going to be interested in only two things: are they going to get a bigger piece of the Cuban pie, and how much is this new friendship going to cost them?
Overall, it is a great step in the right direction, and hopefully will one day really lift the full embargo to the delight of one and all.