Small as it was, I wonder if the recent democracy break-through in Cuba is related to similar events in the faraway Middle East or even in Eastern Europe. Worth noting was that the Poles, new friends of democracy and US ally in the WoT, were first among those isolated for rejection by Castro’s regime:
By the time the assembly got started Friday morning, authorities had refused entry to two Polish lawmakers, deported two other lawmakers, detained half a dozen foreign visitors and harassed several would-be participants. Various delegates from Cuba’s interior were summoned to police stations for unspecified interviews, precluding them from attending the conference. Others on the Isle of Youth were told they could not travel to Havana. Cuban officials did not issue a public statement on Friday about the meeting, but Castro has accused organizers of being U.S. mercenaries and warned of repercussions.
Well, repercussions have a history of coming – and quickly. But this time we will be watching a little more closely and the global trends are going against the Caudillo. Count me as cautiously optimistic that something is stirring. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Cuba turned democratic before Castro died?