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  •  Yeah, and Cubans have free health care... (4.00)
    give me a break.  What's with this leftist fascination with charming Third-World tyrants?  Mao, Castro, the Sandanistas...

    Who says young people are apathetic?

    by teenagedallasdeaniac on Thu Oct 28, 2004 at 04:26:17 PM PDT

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    •  aoeu (4.00)
      Probably comes from a similair strand of right wing fascination with third world tyrants like Hussein, bin Laden, your various south american contras, and who can forget Cheney's support of apartheid in South Africa?

      Gleeful Box Turtles
      finally get to see the
      Red Sox win it all.

      by TealVeal on Thu Oct 28, 2004 at 04:33:35 PM PDT

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    •  Cubans are probably a lot better off than Iraqis (3.66)
      So do we really want to muddy the water with this sort of discussion.  There are several hundred countries in the world and, like it or not, most are run by dictators.  As countries go Cuba is probably a lot better off than quite a few of them.  

      A dictatorship may not be ideal but the truth is most countries are not ready for a democracy.  The infrastructure is not in place.  The political power structure is not in place (if people are used to solving problems with force, it's hard to get a democracy to work).  Iraq frankly was not ready for a democracy either.  

      The real world is a rather imperfect place, unfortunately.  

      In Britain they admit to having royalty. In the United States we pretend we don't have any, and then we elect them president.

      by Asak on Thu Oct 28, 2004 at 05:35:14 PM PDT

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      •  Cuba (none)
        Cuba is most certainly not better off than pre-war Iraq. One could make the argument that now they're better off, but not before. Cuba is a poor, underdeveloped nation. The communists have been able to spread around what little they have and in that sense you could assert that Cuba is better off than Haiti or Honduras, but not Iraq, with its oil wealth. Despite this, I am more hopeful for Cuba's future than Iraq's. Sharon, Arafat and Fidel should let the younger generations take over. They have caused too much suffering to their people and need to be retired from power ASAP.
    •  Ortega was elected (none)
      in 1984.

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