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  • This is distressing, but not particularly surprising. It brings me back to a dilemma faced by all Americans, but one that few will admit.

    Why do we have an embargo against Cuba? Ostensibly, it's because of human rights abuses (this, from the country that, amongst other thing, is one of only two countries that won't ratify the international treating guaranteeing the rights of children [unicef.org]) and a failure to adopt democracy. This begs the question "why don't we have embargoes against China?"

    A lot of people (i

      • Why do we have an embargo against Cuba?

      One reason and one reason only. Cuba nationalized all industry, which US interests held a considerable stake, in 1959.

      The US has made and continues to make a long object lesson out of a country so close that dares to ignore sacred property rights.

      The fear was that if the US didn't hold out against this, that other nations would follow suit and make the world, or at least this hemisphere, unsafe for International ownership.

      • Personally, I support the right of a people to choose their own fate at the ballot box. If their economic systems don't agree with mine, so be it.

      I disagree. Democracy is overrated. Someone said "Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner." What we need is a Republic where the powers of Government are checked by a Constitution, so that it can't be used as a tool to separate men from their "inalienable rights". I consider property rights among those inalienable rights. If the mob votes away my right to private property, as is common under Socialism, then I'm being dealt with unjustly.

      Economic systems are about Freedom, also. Men should be allowed to choose their economic system as long as it's not a veiled attempt to take from one group to give to another.

      Of course, wicked men can take control over a Constitutional Government. We need to be vigilant against that and work to keep Government our servant and not our master.