Trade Fair, Nothing But A Scam….
Lights in Havana didn’t seem as bright as my first visit,perhaps due to the energy crisis Cuba is facing,but that did not stop Havana from shining,streets gleemed with energy, from an energy source that can never be turned off,the Cuban soul.
Tourism seemed down, streets half empty, but that didn’t seem to effect those who sleep in Cuba on a daily basis, if anything Cuba and it’s people seemed more united than ever, friends and neighbors extending their lending hands,as usual giving the little they have to offer,with no expectation of getting something in return.
While in Cuba I met many Americans who attended the trade fair hosted in Havana, one man who represented a U.S. company recieved a $10 Million contract from Cuba to purchase his companies product, which is a good thing,a stepping stone to free trade, but what I did not appreciate nor enjoy was the fact this man tells me how his deal would finally make him a wealthy man,how his product could be sold to Cuba at a much lessor cost,in his words he said to me “They are so desperate,they’ll pay anything” “They bit my lure”
This angers me greatly,to me it seemed that this represenative of a U.S. company looks towards Cuba as nothing more then a way for him and the company he works for to prosper without caring about the Cuban people all the while admiting to chasing young Cuban women,I guess capatialism begins.
These are the very reasons why Cuba will continue to suffer,those who preach democracy continue to finanicially gain with or without an embargo,what embargo I ask?
U.S companies have been given millions of dollars worth of contracts for their produts?
I am all for anyone who is willing to help the Cuban people and Cuba,but what I cannot stomach are those who laugh all the way to the bank while searching for a one night stand as their wives wait for their return,they take advantage of the good spirits Cubans are well known for,to me they are lower than dirt and should be punished.
In all honesty if I was Cuba I would not spend one red cent on purchasing goods from an American company,I met many who told me basically the same thing,“We are making a killing selling to Cuba” one man said to me,another said “Cuba pays better than any other country we sell to”
Are these American companies infact good for Cuba?
Will their transactions help lift the embargo?
I think not,but we shall see…