By K. Bolender
For greater than 50 years America's unrelenting hostility towards the Cuban Revolution has ended in the advance of a siege mentality between island management and its voters. In a colourful new examine Cuban-American family, Keith Bolender analyzes the consequences this has had on fiscal, cultural, and political life.
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Extra resources for Cuba Under Siege: American Policy, the Revolution and Its People
S. ”98 While the term has been challenged as excessive, there is ample evidence to suggest that America is enacting collective punishment on the people of Cuba with the intent of precipitating the overthrow of the socialist experiment and end the siege. Revealingly, American officials have been forthright in recognizing their wrath has been aimed at the civilian population’s resistance levels, giving fabrication to the assertion there is no widespread support for the revolution. The punishment is appropriate, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Lester D.
We haven’t got it. Obama lifted restrictions on Cuban-American travel and remittances and has allowed a few more Cuban officials and cultural figures to come to the United States, but that is about it. 126 The island has always had a peculiar effect on American presidents, betraying foreign relations principles in favor of dysfunctional or misplaced national self-interest considerations. ”127 A mere six years later he reflected on how those attitudes had no application for the Caribbean island, “The sentiment of self-determination for Cuba was abandoned in favor of siege, destruction and overthrow of Castro.
Raúl has articulated there is no value in constantly blaming outside hostility. The President’s message was that while American aggression cannot be denied as a negative social and economic force, revolutionary Cubans have to work harder to overcome it, to improve their living conditions despite the siege, not to surrender to it through lack of resolve, nor use it to defend inefficiency, shortcomings, or failure. What remains opaque is to determine the balance between the extent the Cuban government does call on siege as a method to deflect systemic internal shortcomings, and to the legitimacy of its ability to negatively impact Cuban society.