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American Foreign Policy Towards Cuba

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American Foreign Policy Towards Cuba Mark Devoe English 135 S08 C.E. Mavrow March 29, 2002 "The sanctions the United States enforces against the Castro regime are not just a policy tool, but a moral statement. It is wrong to prop up a regime that routinely stifles all the freedoms that make us human. The United States stands opposed to such tyranny and will oppose any attempt to weaken sanctions against the Castro regime until it respects the basic human rights of its citizens, frees political prisoners, holds democratic free elections, and allows free speech. " George W. Bush July 13, 2001 The problems that currently exist in Cuba, like many that exist everywhere, are partly a result of stronger powers attempting to force weaker ones into doing and acting as they see fit. For the past 200 years, Cuba has been at the economic mercy of the world powers and in the last 50 years, specifically the United States. That is not to say that the US has had direct influence over the country, but rather through a unilateral trade embargo, they have dramatically slowed down the import of things such as food, medicine, and other necessities to the island nation. ...read more.

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It is for this reason, Bush states, that the United States could not possibly permit trade with, and thus help support, the government of Cuba. Bush also condemns Cuba for not respecting human rights by not giving its citizens democracy. However, China, who is the fourth largest trading partner of the United States, is also constantly criticized for the same thing. The fact is, the United States attempts to hold the moral high ground over Cuba, but is profiting off of another country that is just as oppressive. We can see from this the double standard that the US has in its foreign policy. Evidently, the United States will attempt to institute its values on other societies at almost any cost, except for a loss of money for American companies. However, the real question that is raised from this issue is why the leaders, and many citizens, of western countries think that we have the right to push our values of democracy and freedom of the individual on others. While many may feel that our way of living is superior, that does not give us the right to force others to live that way, or even to assume that our way of life will help others. ...read more.

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Cuba is not an innocent island paradise that is being crushed by the evil United States. There is no good and evil or hero and villain in this matter as both sides in this matter would have you believe. Cuba is, however, the victim of a policy of "Westernization" that the United States has been following for years. Nevertheless, Cuba is still a relatively stable country. Given this, instead of trying to slowly crush a government that is obviously not going anywhere soon, the United States would probably benefit from removing one of the many contradictions in its foreign policy and slowly integrating Cuba into the World economy. Not only would this serve the citizens of Cuba better, the very people the United States claim they are trying to help, but it would also help remove total government control over the Cuban economy, and likely, many other facets of life in Cuba. It really seems like it would benefit the interests of both the US and Cuba, but the American government apparently is not interested in the welfare of the people, but rather having other countries adopt the western model of society, even if the livelihood of a generation of Cubans has to be sacrificed. ...read more.

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