Thursday, January 18, 2007

Castro's Legacy?

(Associated Press)
Like Michael Winner I sincerely hope he recovers, but let's not make out that Cuba is a utopia. It has human rights issues and no proper freedom of speech, nor indeed a proper functioning democracy. I know and appreciate that the Batista regime was itself not exactly brilliant but that is beside the point. One must try and improve ones country, not just simply contrast it with the previous regime running it.

5 comments:

Bloggers4Labour said...

Yes, we shouldn't wish suffering on other people, but Fidel has one opportunity to rescue his reputation, which can only come from setting democratic reforms in motion. I think people who fear the consequences of US-involvement have a choice: either to back the corrupt regime and precipitate a crisis, or to promote a home-grown democracy that denies the US the need/excuse (delete as appropriate) to intervene itself.

Barry Beef said...

Paul - how did you find out that Michael Winner wishes Fidel well? Having his own health problems, I would have thought Winner would have had other things on my mind. He has shot up in my estimations.

Paul Burgin said...

Andrew, I hope that Castro takes that oppurtunity. Barry I was referring to the fact I wished Michael Winner well a couple of postings beforehand, hence the link

James Cleverly said...

There is nothing that Castro can now do to "rescue his reputation" he is an evil man and runs an evil regime.

He is an old man and while I do not wish him dead he can't have long left. I hope that whoever takes over starts the counrty on the road to recovery.

Paul Burgin said...

Well thats what I hope as well. I just realise that Castro does something positive before he dies, although I agree that is very unlikely