According to the AP:
"The life of the revolution is in the balance," [Raul] Castro said in a two-hour speech closing out a twice-yearly meeting of the island's national assembly. He repeated his contention that the dollop of limited capitalism being injected into the economy does not mean the end of the revolution's ideal to create an egalitarian utopia.
"The strategic economic changes are being made to sustain socialism," he said. "They are to preserve and strengthen socialism, so as to make it irrevocable."
That's quite an oxymoron.
To inject elements of capitalism in order to strengthen socialism (and make it irrevocable) means that the Castro's are only looking for a temporary reprieve from the current crisis. Then, they'll hit reverse.
Sound familiar? That's exactly what they did a decade ago.
The AP story continues:
Still, Castro had a message to those who wonder if the Cuban government is serious this time around — since past economic openings have fizzled.
He said the changes are "the result of profound meditations and analysis, and we can assure you this time there will be no going back."
For months, media outlets and Cuba analysts have been touting these economic changes as unprecedented. Now, Raul just admitted it's more of the same, except that this time the regime won't hit reverse -- no really, they "promise."
Yet here's the clincher: If these measures are only meant to strengthen socialism (and make it irrevocable), then he just confessed their plan is to hit reverse.
As usual, it's more of the same lies.
So who will bailout the regime this time?
Like Canadian and European tourists in the 1990's and Hugo Chavez this past decade -- only suckers need apply.
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