Yes, of course I think that the US embargo on trade with Cuba is a disaster, an idiocy of monumental proportions. But, no, it doesn\’t explain the poverty of Cuba today, that rests on purely domestic issues, like their continuing adherence to insane economic policies. For, you see, Cuba can and does still trade with the rest of the world:
Thousands of Cuban bananas were washed up on two Dutch North Sea islands, after containers fell off a cargo ship in a storm. A 1km (half mile) stretch of beach on Terschelling island, 115km north of Amsterdam, was littered with bunches of the unripe fruit, which also washed up on neighbouring Ameland island. “I think everybody on the island has a bunch now,” said Gossen Buren, a shipping official at the Terschelling lighthouse.
Sorry, those telling us that it\’s the embargo that causes Cuban poverty, you\’ll have to wake up and smell the roses sometime.