Reuters headline: Pope meets Cuba's Fidel Castro, slams U.S. embargo
The embargo is a frustrating thing. On the one hand it really doesn't accomplish anything, as Cuba trades with many other nations. Pope Benedict is clueless when he says that the "restrictive economic measures" (the embargo) "unfairly burden [the Cuban] people." Well, it accomplishes nothing for the good guys - the embargo is manna from Heaven to the Cuban PR machine.
On the other hand, it is just to forbid citizens from trading with a hostile foreign government. Cuba is a hardline Communist nation, with none of the economic laxity of modern China or Cold War Hungary. There is no private commerce; all trade with Cuba is trade with its government.
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