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What Cuba, Afghanistan have in common

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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:00 am

In 1898, the Spanish-American War started in Cuba mainly because of the mistreatment of the Cuban people by the Spanish. The war lasted only 10 weeks, and we suffered 3,000 deaths and 1,500 wounded. Then in the Treaty of Paris, it favored the U.S. with temporary control. The Cubans claimed that the U.S. forces were occupation forces when the U.S. flag was raised over the capital instead of the Cuban flag.

The U.S. determined that the Cubans were not fit to govern themselves, so the U.S. occupied the country and was determined to show the Cubans how it was done and how to become a democracy. This was a great expense to have troops and legal professionals take on this task.

As hard as they tried, it just didn't work, and the Cuban people just wanted the U.S. to leave. The Cubans went back to their way of doing things.

Many large American companies were based in Cuba, and because of the low wages they made lots of profit. For the next 50-plus years, the Cuban people resented the Batista government because he kowtowed to the American interests in Cuba.

Then, in 1959, here comes Fidel Castro, and the rest is history.

So what did Cuba and Afghanistan have in common? Both countries were mostly illiterate, and yet we insisted we could teach them how to become a democratic country.

Well, after the loss of many of our young men, women and national treasure, we now know that will never happen because Afghanistan is allowed to supply 80 percent of the world's poppy seeds — that will never change. Then, they have the many tribes who stick together and will never accept any other kind of rule. And we have the corrupt Karzai government, who have most of the money we gave them sitting in private accounts in Switzerland.

Now, most all Americans want us to get out of Afghanistan — well, it can't happen too soon for me.

Walter White

Lodi

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