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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cuban Regime Can Sleep Peacefully

Cuban Regime Can Sleep Peacefully / 14ymedio, Luis Tornes Aguililla

14ymedio, Luis Tornes Aguililla, Bordeaux France, 14 November 2016 –
Trump plus Cuba, let us say, will not even be a low intensity conflict.
Rather, Cuba is this place where those who manage La Pasta thanks to
tourist activity along with other perks must have arrived, at this
point, at a de facto commitment to the current system in that part of
the world, a commitment that surely includes maintaining the normal
activity of a peanut seller with its miserable street-vendor-capitalism
until the time comes when death overcomes him in bed without having to
render accounts to the Pol Pot Plan or anything like that. This is what
happens when the enemy doesn't have oil, gas or rare metals.

And I am reminded of a story from an old Frenchman who, in 1944, saw an
armored division of the US Army pass in front of German soldiers who
only wanted to surrender. The old man told me that the Germans were
waving wildly to the Americans who continued on their way without
acknowledging them. In the end, tired of wanting to surrender, the
Germans presented themselves to the mayor of a neighboring village and
remained there about a month until the US command did them the favor of
going to look for trucks. They were enemies, but conquered and
insignificant.

One of the responses to the financial crisis of 1929 envisioned by
President Herbert Hoover's administration was the repatriation to the
United States of all the American funds contributed to Germany and
indirectly to Europe to help them recover from the ravages of World War
One. There was talk of 14 billion dollars repatriated, which led to an
unsustainable economic and social reality in a Germany militarily
occupied, under the vindictive Treaty of Versailles. Germans reacted to
Hoover's financial operation with xenophobic, racist and exclusionary
opposition, a kind of "short circuited" life that progressively plunged
them into the abyss of the Second World War. Since then, Americans have
learned to control the hornets' nests, so Trump will be soft on Cuba.

Eighty-seven years later, we are living with the consequences of another
global crisis, that of April 2008 which, far from a systemic credit
crisis is more akin to a new phase of financial capitalism, something
unexpectedly huge that the American electorate base just interpreted in
its way by seating Donald Trump as president of the United States, where
drugs, the undocumented and widespread insecurity are the visible part
of the problem, while the underlying reality is the precariousness in
which millions of Americans find themselves in places like West Virginia
and in remote places like Orderville (Utah), where I had the opportunity
to speak this year with a married couple of unemployed civil engineers
selling stones for lack of work.

Today, real or latent peripheral conflicts in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq,
Syria or Afghanistan, whose apparent causes are the need for affirmation
of a cultural or ethnic identity, have deep causes whose roots lie in
the strategic interests of the great powers. The Cuban regime can sleep
peacefully.

Source: Cuban Regime Can Sleep Peacefully / 14ymedio, Luis Tornes
Aguililla – Translating Cuba -
http://translatingcuba.com/cuban-regime-can-sleep-peacefully-14ymedio-luis-tornes-aguililla/
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