Refocusing

Is there any reason (aside from politics, obviously) why Cuba is on the list of state sponsors of terrorism but Russia is not?

It seems that Cuba does not publicly sponsor terrorists, but Russia does. Most recently, Russia has been arming and funding the ethnic cleansing of Georgians from South Ossetia by non-state actors who use organized violence against civilians as a means of achieving political objectives.

18 thoughts on “Refocusing”

  1. It has been a long time since Cuban soldiers were causing trouble in Africa, Central America, and South America.

    The bets thing the US could about Cuba is end the embargo, open up relationships, and let democracy, trade, capitalism, tourism and culture take their course.

    The next prez should about Jeb Bush as amabassador to the gov or Cuba to deal with that level.

    He should also appoint Gloria Estafan or Gov. Arnold Schwatzenwhatever as Ambassador to the people of Cuba.

    A totalitarian Cuban gov doesn’t stand a chance against that.

    Cuba should be a good trading partner (goods, services, culture) not a “problem” to deal with.

  2. Hey Dan,

    While you are at it, maybe you should take this time to contrast the two main presidential candidates positions on Cuban relations. 😉

  3. It may not be a good idea to start labeling Russia as a “State sponsor of terrorism” when we are guilty of the same thing? We supported the KLA in Kosovo and are now currently supporting groups in Iran that are on the State Dept list of terrorist groups.[1] [2] I must say that its disturbing watching you mutate from a rather objective thinker and blogger to a information-war operative.

    [1] http://www.counterpunch.org/andrew05022008.html

    [2] http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/04/05/protected.terrorists/index.html

  4. I don’t give any credence to Andrew Cockburn (Counterpunch) for factual information or neutral analysis. He is an automatic “skip over” when I am reading.

  5. PS,

    Well said.

    If we examine the further developments in the international recognition of the now-ethnically-clean [1] regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia [2], we see that Mexico and Indonesia have joined the ranks of those criticizing Russia — Iran has joined Kazakhstan in not supporting Russia — and the only states that have supported Russia (if not so far recognized those fake countries) are Venezuela and Belarus.

    Fidel Castro may have been the Hugo Chavez (the regional Vladimir Putin) of decades past, but Raul Castro does not seem to fit that mode.

    Jeffrey,

    Good point. However, economically integrating Cuba in a meaningful way may be more challenging to Obama, as he joined other Democrats in standing against central American and Caribbean trade. [4,5]

    Seerov,

    No need to be disturbed. Simply seperate objectivity from equivalence.

    Terrorism is a tool, as is war. That we “export security” by limit their use by others does not imply any obligation not to use those tools.

    This point was implicit in my attack on war. [6] It was in Tom Hobbes’ book [7], as well.

    (Barnett fans will note the title.)

    [1] http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12009678
    [2] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/08/27/mapping-the-core.html
    [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_recognition_of_Abkhazia_and_South_Ossetia_independence
    [4] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2005/07/07/americans-against-central-america.html
    [5] http://obama.senate.gov/news/050630-why_i_oppose_cafta/index.php
    [6] http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/08/14/war-is-bad.html
    [7] http://www.amazon.com/Leviathan-Penguin-Classics-Thomas-Hobbes/dp/0140431950

  6. “Good point. However, economically integrating Cuba in a meaningful way may be more challenging to Obama, as he joined other Democrats in standing against central American and Caribbean trade.”

    Oh Dan, why do you continue to not differentiate trade tariffs and embargoes.

  7. Jeffrey,

    Be careful in analyzing the situation. You mention that Obama supports scrapping the embargo. This is true.

    My goal is economic integration, something beyond that.

    Merely upgrading Cuba to a seam state between the core and the gap is not my goal. There is no reason is cannot enjoy American levels of prosperity.

  8. “Merely upgrading Cuba to a seam state between the core and the gap is not my goal. ”

    I am not saying that is your goal, what I am saying is that for Obama to take the position of ending the U.S. embargo is not a contradiction to his previous trade policies, as you tried to make it out to be.

  9. “I’d rather Hope for real Change with McCain.”

    So, what did you mean when you said that your blog was not about getting people elected like Red State and DailyKos?

  10. Quite simple.

    You told me that this blog is about your better understanding of things in general, not getting people elected such as DailyKos and Red State.

    So, are you therefore asserting that this quote isn’t advocating the election of McCain?

  11. BTW, it isn’t that I think your support for McCain is a cardinal sin or something, it is just that if you are going to promote candidates, be honest about your intentions of doing so.

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