Debate:Why do we still have an embargo on Cuba?

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It's been a very long time, he isn't a threat to us, do we really need to keep this going on. Cuba doesn't do so well because of our embargo, the only people that suffer are the average citizens, Isn't it time for it to end?

I'd like your thoughts for either side of this debate -- D L e r n e r Articulate 11:14, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

If the embargo were lifted it would have the beneficial effect of bringing Cuba in to the mainstream. The U.S and Cuba are like two neighbours who won't talk too each other, the U.S could improve relations by making such a positive gesture. North Korea a is case in point, the World Community began to provide aid to the country, and thus North Korea became open enough to listen to the U.S and abandon its nuclear programme. Angband 11:57, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

I believe anybody who still uses repression as a legitimate tactic of goverance should be shunned by the humanitarian international community. LeaningRight 11:59, 24 March 2008 (EDT)
What about China? Who advocates shunning China? What about Gitmo? The international community seems to be shunning the U.S somewhat, judging by the country's popularityAngband 12:16, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Sometimes the good guys lose the plot. Such as the US after 9/11. Gitmo is the greatest travesty of justice in the US since the incarceration of the Japanese Americans during WWII. LeaningRight 13:02, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Yes, it is true that Gitmo is a shameful stain. The point I was making was that it is not fair on Cuba with all this happening. Angband 13:27, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

I actually don't understand why conservatives support an embargo that hasn't worked for 40 years. It violates free market principles. DanH 13:51, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

oppressing an entire people and not allowing freedom violates free market principles. And the embargo certainly has worked; It has prevented Cuba from becoming a threat to the US during the Cold War. LeaningRight 13:55, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Abishua: I agree completely, it is an idiotic and annoying to see that we continue to shun Cuba, with no real reason to keep them out of the mix. Although I doubt this will happen until a new president comes into office for a few reasons. The first reason is that he has almost no time to open relations up with Cuba again, so the chances are slim. On top of that, he decided it was time to shake the cage with Cuba and say we wouldn't let communism to stay in power in Cuba, and would stop the transfer of power from Castro to his brother. (Sorry I can't quote the article that I remember reading this.) It may have helped in the Cold War, but now it can only benefit us. If you watched Sicko (, you may want to check the scene where they go to Cuba to get health care. Maybe we could learn a thing or two from Cuba about fixing our broken health care system.

TL;DR version (To Long; Didn't Read) No reason not to open up to Cuba, and we can only benefit from it now.


LeanignRight, why should the average Joe Cuba suffer because of the actions of the government? As far as Human Rights, did anyone forget Saudi Arabia? -- D L e r n e r Articulate 18:53, 24 March 2008 (EDT)

Saudi Arabia is unfortunate but unfortunately realpolitik has to play some role. Cuba, as a communist nation and at the foot of the US was always going to be a threat during the Cold War. It was important to keep it weak. However, since many other countries who are probably even worse than Cuba aren't sanctioned, maybe their is a fair argument to life the sanction. LeaningRight 07:16, 25 March 2008 (EDT)

Lets face the fact. the US military will never help spread freedom as much as Americas greatest weapon... consumerism and even better instead of paying to invade countries this way they pay us. please note im not being sarcastic -craig101

Cuba is of no threat to America, and face it - the US needs the revenue from Cuban products. It would have beneficial effects on both parties, and I say we lift it. NickA 23:34, 27 July 2010 (EDT)

Fight Communism with Capitalism

China has the fastest growing economy in the world because they trade with us. If we opened trade with Cuba they'd get a really strong economy also. Kajillion 12:44, 4 July 2008 (EDT)