The relationship throughout History
Firstly, to better comprehend the extent of damage on Cuba’s social and economic conditions, the past historical events between the United States and Cuba should be accounted for. Even though the embargo has only officially been in effect for 49 years, the US has had large influence on Cuba and its governing for more than 100 years. Spain had power over Cuba until it was conquered by the United States in 1898 . As a result, the United States took over all Cuban governing responsibilities. Finally in 1902, the US gave Cuba its independence. However, their independence included a large list of restrictions and new policies that have grown into an even longer list over the years that allow the US to still have part in Cuba’s management. Having such close ties with one another, much tension has accumulated between the two countries. After the Cuban revolution, the US feared that Castro’s communist government and close alliance with the USSR would pose a serious threat. There was speculation of Cuba’s association with weapons of mass destruction and military action from the United States took place. Kennedy invaded the Bay of Pigs and initiated Operation Mongoose and Operation Ortsac which only fueled Castro’s paranoia of American attacks. Built up anxiety continued furthermore amongst the two countries when as Cuba and its people grow frustrated with US policies and the US feel international pressure to reconsider their sanctions. By seeing how past events have added to the tension and feelings between Cuba and the United States, it is evident how involved the two have been with each other’s history. The actions that the United States has taken to deal with their doubts with the Cuban government have not delivered the people of Cuba democracy or solved anything but hold back the progress of Cuba as a developing country.
Consequences of the embargo
In attempts to isolate Castro’s communist government and achieve equal human rights on the island, sanctions were put in place by the US in the 1960s that prohibited trade and financial transactions and assistance to the Cuban government. This created endless repercussions to the country and affects every one of its citizens regularly.
The embargo has ravaged Cuba’s economy and impedes its recovery. Before the embargo was set in place, the US was responsible for most of Cuba’s exports and imports. When this was all taken away, Cuba’s finances took a hard hit and the country’s income decreased largely. Experts estimate that the island has lost more than 86 billion dollars due to the embargo. This is such a great loss for Cuba because it is such a potentially rich country that at one time made a lot of money off of Americans alone in tourism. The country is one of the world’s largest producers of nickel and offers other natural resources such as...