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Old 02-19-2008, 05:39 AM
 
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As we all know, most Americans seem to have an issue with Castro, what about the Canadians what are your opinions on Castro's resignation?
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Hougary, Texberta
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Nothing will really change. Raul has been in power for the last two years anyways, maybe not in name, but in reality. I think the commentary from CNN is interesting. Having been to Cuba a number of times, I think that they really don't understand the mindset of the Cubans there.

They would like more freedoms, they would like economic prosperity, they absolutely do not want the US.

The best thing that the US could do is nothing. Let the thing develop for itself.

My $0.02

Mike
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:53 PM
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Location: Toronto
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Americans seem to be awfully uptight about the guy. Cuba is, to Canadians, just another beer-and-beach vacation destination.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Great beaches, great sun, and great people....makes no difference who is running the country.
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Old 02-20-2008, 12:42 AM
 
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I haven't heard yet that Castro has resigned, please provide a link, then, and only then, will I give my opinion. Proof Please?

The U.S has already killed him at least 6 times. I'm still waiting for the truth.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:14 AM
 
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Here is your request.

Fidel Castro's resignation letter - CNN.com


It's funny as I speak with people around the world due to my job having international relationships and it seem as though the United States is the only country that has an issue with Fidel.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:07 PM
edk
 
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When ex-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau died, Castro flew to Montreal for the funeral, met Jimmy Carter there, and then flew home. No problem.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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It doesn't really affect me one way or another. I have no strong feelings. I've never been to Cuba, and Cuba is no threat to Canada. Canadians often visit Cuba to vacation. What it'll mean for the Cuban people? That's an entirely different manner all together. Fidel Castro is legendary, so losing somebody with that stature's evidently going to be a new adjustment and will alter Cuba's image somewhat. But whether the new leader will alter the way Cuba will be run? Again, it doesn't really affect me, but it will affect the people of Cuba.

Whether this will change Cuba's relationship with the USA, I don't know - I haven't really researched this. And again, even if that were to happen and Cuba gets off the US blacklist, it won't affect me... with exception to perhaps seeing less American tourists caught up in the novelty of smoking Cuban cigars in public on the streets of Vancouver.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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I think it is more the exiled Cubans (the majority in Florida and their now adult children) and their vote-eliciting politicans who really still dislike Castro. It was so long ago that he seemed to be a threat to the US. (Even Clinton whe president supported the return of the Cuban boy to his father in Cuba whose mother died trying to get him to the US while his Florida relatives fought to keep him out of Cuba) and is not big on the political agenda these days. Many Americans have visited there in recent years with positive comments. But many Americans also carry a strong feeling of rancor towards him.

He was definitely a dictator, Cubans really like him. He was extremely intelligent and a great strategist, outwitted and outlasted nine of our presidents. Whether you like him or hate him, it's an accomplishment.
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Old 02-20-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Default Wait and see

As a Canadian, although I have been free to travel to Cuba, I would never do so until a democratic government is elected. So, as far as Castro is concerned, lets celebrate as the facist goes down and lets see what happens next. Prey another national socialist - Chevaz goes next....
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