Link turn human rights Past regimes have grown stronger through trade â€“ the same is true of Cuba.Jorge, Professor of Political Economy at Florida International University, 2000
(Dr. Antonio, "The U.S. Embargo and the Failure of the Cuban Economy," Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies Occasional Papers, Online: http://scholarlyrepository.miami.edu/iccaspapers/28)
It follows, from all of the above, that a lifting of the embargo at this time would only serve the purpose of facilitating to Castro desperately needed resources, mainly in the form of credit lines extended by international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank, and also by private banking and other financial institutions. This financial influx would serve to strengthen his 40-year stranglehold on the Cuban people. Furthermore, to those who believe that greater contacts between the United States and Cuba would further the cause of democratization, it should be pointed out that such hopes definitely have not been validated by the experience of Marxist societies from the inception of the New Economic Policy in the Soviet Union, which followed the stage of War Communism, up to the last efforts at reforming socialism in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. In these countries, trade, foreign investment, and loans led hermetic lives of their own, oblivious to and unaffected by the rest of society. There is no historical precedent for drawing hope from the Cuban experience. As a matter of fact, it could be realistically argued that the opposite has happened. As the Cuban regime succeeds in solidifying itself, as a result of the legitimacy conferred upon it by other nations and by an augmented flow of resources, its repressive proclivities have increased in parallel fashion. Trade and investment with totalitarian states have not weakened or eroded those states; rather, the contrary has always been the case. Castroâ€™s regime is certainly no exception to the rule and, in fact, categorically confirms it. Only pressure has led Castro temporarily to implement some timid reforms that he subsequently has either partly rescinded or revoked altogether. Cuba has established for all to see a system of apartheid â€” which is openly and vigorously enforced â€” between foreigners and Cuban nationals. Repression would increase without an Embargo
Ron Radosh, professional historian and Fellow at the Hudson Institute, March 18th, 2013 PJ Media â€œThe Time to Help Cubaâ€™s Brave Dissidents Is Now: Why the Embargo Must Not be Liftedâ€ http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2013/03/18/the-time-to-help-cubas-brave-dissidents-is-now-why-the-embargo-must-not-be-lifted/?singlepage=true
â€œYoung Cuban democracy leader Antonio Rodiles,â€ an American support group called Capitol Hill Cubans has reported, â€œhas just released the latest episode of his civil society project Estado de Sats (filmed within Cuba), where he discusses the importance U.S. sanctions policy with two of Cubaâ€™s most renowned opposition activists and former political prisoners, Guillermo FariÃ±as and Jose Daniel Ferrer.â€Â¶ The argument they present is aimed directly at those on the left in the United States, some of whom think they are helping democracy in Cuba by calling for an end to the embargo. In strong and clear language, the two dissidents say the following:Â¶ If at this time, the [economic] need of the Cuban government is satisfied through financial credits and the lifting of the embargo, repression would increase, it would allow for a continuation of the Castroâ€™s society, totalitarianism would strengthen its hold and philosophically, it would just be immoral â€¦ If you did an opinion poll among Cuban opposition activists, the majority would be in favor of not lifting the embargo.Â¶ Next, they nail the claim that travel without restrictions by citizens of our country to Cuba would help spread freedom. The men respond:Â¶ In a cost-benefit analysis, travel to Cuba by Americans would be of greatest benefit to the Castro regime, while the Cuban people would be the least to benefit. With all of the controls and the totalitarian system of the government, it would be perfectly able to control such travel.Â¶ We know this, as I reported a few months ago, about how a group of Americans taking the usual state-controlled Potemkin village tour came back raving about how wonderful and free Cuba is, and how Cuban socialism works.Â¶ Finally, the two former prisoners made this point about lifting the embargo:Â¶ To lift the embargo at this time would be very prejudicial to us. The government prioritizes all of the institutions that guarantee its hold on power. The regimeâ€™s political police and its jailers receive a much higher salary and privileges than a doctor or engineer, or than any other worker that benefits society.