Fidel Castro Resigns: What will happen now?

Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
February 19, 2008 4:09am CST
Well I'm sure that most of you have already seen the news. I find it shocking, Castro finally announced he resigns to be the Cuban President any longer, neither it's army's Commander. I think it's great news, and it opens a new period of hope that democracy finally settles down in the island. However, nobody is still certain if the regime will continue as it is nowadays, or if reforms will begin now that Castro has moved aside. I think it's important that Cubans decide this time, not any outer power, such as the USA. Also the cuban lobby in miami should shut up, they're dangerous...we must let the cuban people decide on their own. I hope that's what happens. What do you think about this? What do you think it's better for the Cubans at the moment?
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
I am afraid I haven't paid attention to the news so I wasn't aware of this yet. SO he resigns... the end of an era that's for sure. LIke you a believe that the Cuban people should make the decisions but do I truly believe that ? Hmmmmm not sure. It might be complicated. Bigger and powerful countries always like their spheres of influence to keep growing, and smaller countries are often caught in the middle of more than one big power getting involved where it shouldn't be. Let's see how things develop.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
19 Feb 08
yep, let's see how it goes, hoping it goes well...thank for replying!!
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
certainly hope that it goes well lightnin:)
@cdparazo (5769)
• Philippines
19 Feb 08
I believe that a nation of people should be the one to determine their own direction & outcome. Cuba is not the only country whose affairs are being manipulated by bigger and more powerful country like the U.S. However, I am also a believer that older countries who are supposed to be more developed should extend support economically. But sadly, reality shows that such kind of support doesn't come without any strings attached and maybe with not so noble an intention. I am beginning to realize that it is too much to expect that such greater countries would help only out of the goodness of their heart and with no hidden agenda. The least that we could hope for that the outcome would be win-win for the countries involved.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
19 Feb 08
I think that Europe, and specially spain, as the worlds first investor in the island with obvious historical and social liasons with the island, should play the counterpart to the USA obvious influence in the island, considering how close it is to florida. Only if the EU tips the balance Cuba will have enough freedom to manage it's stuff it's own way, which is how i hope things get done in the end.
@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
4 May 08
In theory I agree with you but I come from a nation where leaders excell at stepping aside and holding onto power despite giving up political office. I would not hold out too much hope about Raul Castro being a democatic reformer at heart. He's been understudying his older brother for decades and probably has a similar thought process. More importantly, just before taking office, Raul actually asked the Cuban parliament to ensure that he consults Fidel on important matters of state, so when you look at it, nothing is really going to change in Cuba except for the first name of its President. Similarly, I don't think the USA is going to change its policy towards Cuba, despite the fact that it's obvious that the Embargo against Cuba has not done an iota to remove Castro. If anything, the embargo has been the best present that Cuba's most important trading partner has given Castro. However, the EU could find some courage and go in and invest in Cuba. If the USA insist on keeping its embargo against Cuba, there is no reason why the rest of the world should trap itself in a policy that has been proven to be useless. Countries like Spain, France and other EU states could do allot of good for the Cuban people by investing there and inadvertantly undermining the Castro regime.
• India
19 Feb 08
His successor will take over administration. we wish for the peaceful life of people at cuba.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
19 Feb 08
That's a possibility. I hope that they have real elections in a reasonable period of time. Now we must ensure that the regime turns into democracy, but also that no world's super power tries to have too much influence in the process. Let's let cubans decide by themselves.
• India
20 Feb 08
I endorse your view. Let the people of Cuba decide themselves about the elected representative with out any interference from outside force.
@mummymo (23709)
19 Feb 08
I don't really know what is best for the Cubans Lightnin Darling but I agree with you - i think it is up to them to make any decisions that need to be made for their country and their future! I also think it is long past time that they were given a choice in what happened in their country! xxxx
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
19 Feb 08
thank you for your thoughts as usual mommy...hugs.
@Anakata2007 (1789)
• Canada
7 Mar 08
I think it's only a matter of time before the US gets their starbucks, macdonalds and walmarts in there.