But Herb, the NY Review article Balter sent around DOES call for
the US govt to make the first conciliatory move. Let's simply
agree with Human Rights Watch in calling for that-- not try to
prescribe a grand overall repudiation of capitalism. The NY
Review article attempts not only to be fair, but also to propose
things one can actually say to one's Congressperson in support
of ending the embargo.
On Wed, 16 Jun 2010, herb fox wrote:
> I found this to be an attempt at a relatively even-handed article. The
> problem with its proposal is that it does not ask the US to first qualify
> itself as a defender of human rights. The US would first have to apologize
> for its numerous interventions in So and Centro America. Then it would have
> to explain and apologize for its support of regimes that exercised far
> greater human rights violations than Cuba's, for example its present support
> of Israel's repression of the Palestinians and its past support of Batista.
> It would have to release all domestic political prisoners. It would have to
> dismantle all covert operations that are presently ongoing to destabilize
> Cuba and other countries. Finally it would have to assure that its
> opposition to human rights violations in Cuba does not include opposition to
> Cuba's choice of economic system, in particular it does not define freedom to
> invest wherever it wants as a human right. The moral authority that it would
> gain by doing these and other similar things might make it competitive with
> Cuba's moral authority and would certainly advance the cause of Human Rights
> Watch, which i assume is to approach the violation of Human Rights in an even
> handed way.
> I might add that the statement in the second paragraph, "these dictatorships
> gradually gave way to civilian rule," fails to point out that there has
> always been a condition that the country allow freedom to invest for profit.
> Our government does exactly what governments are supposed to do; it supports
> the interests of the ruling class, in our case the capitalist class. It is
> not an evil government that prefers dictators over elected parliamentary
> governments. It is an imperialist government that goes along with any other
> government that also supports capitalism and allows foreign investment. The
> Iraq war is a current example. Saddam Husein's murderous gassing of the
> Kurds did not bring about US invasion; it was Iraqi insistence on exploiting
> its oil to the exclusion of foreign investment.