Re: Cuba

Michael Lorrey (
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 21:19:11 -0500

Alejandro Dubrovsky wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Mar 1998 wrote:
> > I find myself drawn to enter a discussion thread I am sure has left it's
> > pertinence to this list behind. The politics of cultural arguments are
> > IMHO not resolvable. I have visited Cuba twice so on my observations
> > Cuba is desperatly poor but uniformly poor, as opposed to before the
> > revolution when there was rich, middle class and poor. The people I
> > spoke with do not hate Castro per se, but then much of their opinions
> > are heavily inluenced by official news. The ones I spoke with blame the
> > US embargo for their economic woes but other than tourists and rock
> > lobster the US has little they need from Cuba and Cuba trades with the
> > rest of the world. As to nuclear weapons targeted on Cuba, this was my
> > trigger to respond, take a breath and think. What would the US target
> I don't know, what did (do?) they target in the USSR, Eastern europe and
> china? Why not La Habana?

Since the Soviet missiles were taken out, there is very little left to target
that is of military value. They have a total of 8 Mig-29 fighters left, some
coastal patrol boats, and a few deisel submarines that are in dock and short
of parts. At this point, Cuba is purposely starving itself merely from latin
pride, trying to make a last point, and doing it badly. While dollars rule the
economy, even legally, the gov'ts 100+% tax policies have forced any
meaningful economy underground, just as in many parts of the old Soviet Union.

Cuba is so desperate for international PR points that they manufactured an
agricultural blight to try to accuse the US of 'biological warfare'.

Its good to see that the Pope still has enough kick to tell Castro he's full
of it in public. He's probably the last western person the Cuban people will
beleive other than el Commadante.

> > and how would they explain the fallout to the powerful independant
> > territory of the Conk (Florida Keys) or Jamaica, Caymans, etc.?
> I think that the US has shown enough times that they don't give a fuck
> about what a bunch of centroamericans think. What would they have said to
> western europe had they bombed the east?
> My main point is, do you positively know that Cuba wasn't targeted, or are
> you just guessing like me?
> chau

   Michael Lorrey
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