The BBC's story this week about the Castro regime's upcoming golf resort illustrates why travel sanctions towards Cuba are important.
Here are some excerpts:
"Five decades after Fidel Castro ordered Cuba's golf courses to be closed down because he considered them 'elitist,,' the island's communist government has approved the construction of a luxury golf resort, complete with an 18-hole course."
In case you had any doubt that the Castro regime is simply another Latin American military dictatorship -- the longest lasting and most brutal one, at that.
"The move is a sign of the changing times here, as the government seeks new revenue sources to fund its socialist revolution."
The Castro regime is desperate to continue cashing-in on foreign travelers.
"[British resort executive Andrew McDonald] confirmed that a formal deal had been reached for a joint venture between Esencia and the Cuban government to develop the Carbonera resort, a short distance along the coast."
Because Cuba's travel industry is owned and operated by Castro's military. Moreover, once Castro no longer needs him , Mr. McDonald will join some of his fellow British businessmen in a Cuban prison cell.
"Attempts to drill for oil and bring economic independence to Cuba have come up dry and the death of the island's key financial backer, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has made the future more uncertain."
The U.S. should not bail out Castro's dictatorship.
"Tourism is now the second biggest source of income on an island once closed to the outside world."
U.S. tourists would make travel Castro's foremost source of income.
"Last year, 2.8 million people visited Cuba, mostly opting for all-inclusive hotel deals along palm-lined golden beaches."
So much for supporting the Cuban people -- or for tourists democratizing Cuba.
"But figures suggest golf tourists spend four times more than pure sun-seekers, and Cuba wants to tap into that potential."
Did anyone think it was a mere coincidence that Fidel's son reportedly "won" a golf tournament in Varadero last month, which state media reported and distributed internationally?
"A round costs five times the average monthly state wage here."
So much for the Cuban people.
"'You go to Florida and there's lots of choice. Here there's just the one,' said a Canadian golfer [referring to golf courses]."
Sadly, for Cubans that applies to all aspects of life.
"With more courses, 'you could have a helluva good time here,' added the Canadian golfer."
With choices and freedom, so could the Cuban people. But these tourists are underwriting their oppression.
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