No Cfalk, the US never supported Castro or his guerrillas. We supported Batista for the same reason we supported the Shah in Iran. Batista kept most of Cuba poor, while cosying up to the US government by essentially allowing US companies into Cuba without restriction, giving the access to cheap labour, which they exploited, and lots of resources, which they abused without care, leaving little for the Cuban public. Although I don't agree with Castro's position, and I find it silly that he still invokes the spirit of "la revolución." However, I can see his need to try and turn Cuba around. Yes, he did promise to turn Cuba around, and it appeared Cuba was going to improve. Then he turned it Communist, and alienated his potentially biggest ally, the US. Instead he teamed up with the Russians, and look where that got him. 11 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Cuba is piss poor, and their biggest ally, the USSR, no longer exist. The remnants of the USSR are but a weak piece of the puzzle that made that nation the powerhouse it was.
I believe in political and economic sanctions to a point. I believe that these sanctions have been going on long enough, and 40 years in, I think it's time for a thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba. I don't think I'll ever understand America's fear of Communism. Although I don't believe in Communism, I don't believe the US should alienate a neighbour simply because of their political policies.
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