Latin American paper

The only thing we know for sure is that a communist

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The only thing we know for sure is that a communist Latin America is one not dominated by American economic and political interests. The United States can not allow communism to spread because it damages our image as the undisputed world power, and that is simply unacceptable. Kennedy frames the argument in nebulous terms like national security but in reality communism is only as dangerous as America decides it is. The United States is not the only country with politicians and intellectuals attempting to use the power of rhetoric and words to make their actions seem noble. Castro is a masterful orator but his talk of revolution rings empty when you realize he is trading one global power for another, swapping out the United States for the Soviet Union. Castro's Second Declaration of Havana is undoubtedly a powerful and well written speech. He rouses the people of Latin America with tableaus of American imperialism and cruelty, and urges them to stand up against these injustices. His words, while powerful and eloquent, are hollow. As the document points out, Castro turned to Soviet aid as soon as he broke ties with America 7 . The same Soviets that starved its own dissidents, marched armored columns on Prague, and invaded Afghanistan. There were no 'Good Guys' in the Cold War, 6 Ibid., 304-306. 7 “Discurso Pronunciado por el Comandante Fidel Castro Ruiz, Primer Secretario de la Dirección Nacional de las ORI y Primer Ministro del Gobierno Recolucionario, en la Segunda Asamblea Nacional del Pueblo de Cuba, Celebrada en la Plaza de la Revolución, el 4 de febrero de 1962.” Web site of the government of Cuba, . Translated by Robert N. Holden and Eric Zolov.
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just two world powers jockeying for position. Castro tired of the United States admittedly poor treatment of Latin America jumped ship to the Soviets side but this was not a noble decision as he would have the world believe. He speaks of the pain and suffering of the Cuban worker but their toils are not eased by producing for the Soviets. Castro's words do not change that the Soviet Union planned to use the Cubans just as the United States had. The words of the speech are designed to cloud this fact, to place a veil between the Cuban people and their new Soviet handlers. Castro makes such an impassioned speech against the United States because he needs to distract from the fact that the revolution is over, and not much has changed. Breaking ties with the capitalistic greed of America did not magically fix all of Cuba's problems. Castro talks of the exploitation of the Cuban people by economic elite in the United States 8 , but now they are gone and the Cuban people still toil and suffer. If he admits that the revolution has reached its logically conclusion then the people lose faith in him. He has to keep the idea of struggling against America alive, he needs to keep the peoples ire directed at America or it may come back to him.
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