Originally Posted by dohenyboy
I do not think it has anything to do with economic losses by the Cubans who left.
Many dissidents believe that the easing of travel restrictions will serve to give the Cuban government
more resources to oppress its citizens. Others point to examples such as Vietnam
, where economic rapproachment has not led to the lessening of authoritarianism.
How about vacationing on a slave plantation? It might help the living conditions of the slaves.
And, that will continue to be the problem with visiting Cuba (and the one that people going there really don't want to talk about or be reminded about).
If travel and spending by tourists and cruisers from most other countries (which has been taking place for many years) has not resulted in more freedom or prosperity for the average (non-Communist Party member) Cuban, why exactly will US dollars accomplish that?
But, personally, in the end, I don't think Cuba, and the Cuban people, will be free, or prosperous, until Fidel and Raul, are dead, no matter how many cruisers, tourists, pop stars, do-gooders, whoever, visits there.
I guess the best thing you can say about this is, it will be a cheap vacation
, and it probably won't make things much worse.