The Cuban Chernobyl
I believe that the final straw with respect to the collapse of the old USSR was the Chernobyl incident. That one event finalized the perception in all of the people that the leaders were pompous power hungry buffoons who would get everybody killed if they were allowed to be in charge much longer. Is a Cuban Chernobyl on the horizon? One possible meltdown would be the dams in Cuba. I sure wish the US government would allow us to get a better look at those dammed up reservoirs that appear to be filled to the brim from recent heavy rains. Most of these look like earthen dams too. If one of the dams failed suddenly it could kill tens of thousands of Cubans and perhaps cause hundreds of thousands of homeless people. It would be a calamity far and above the capacity of the criminal regime that caused it to rectify it. The refugees would exodus to Havana and overwhelm the Castro boy's government. Having U.S. aid would be vital to spare the lives of countless abandoned Cubans. The exiles would be spearheading the delivery of that food, water and medical supplies to avert a humanitarian disaster. At the same time, while we have their attention delivering these things, we should already have a pamphlet spelling out how to change into a self-governing people again with the right to stay in their residences and own them officially as well as speak their minds freely. The little green pamphlet should explain how using PC's and the Internet we could hold an election within months that would be fair and open so they could elect their leaders and in the future replace the one who do not do a good job.
One thing for certain, these guys in Havana are idiots and surely will cause a Chernobyl of some sort and I believe very soon. We should already have the boiler-plates ready to go with the plans to change Cuba into a better place. We will have but a short time to get it done correctly before the populists and competing interest could derail the whole thing again. But Cuba is a rare combination of educated people who now know the folly of state promises of security for liberty, unbelievable natural beauty, abundant natural resources and this all tolled could lead to our people becoming the richest and happiest people on the planet. If we play our cards right Cuba can become the example for the rest of the world on how to organize a nation of people for the people. Happy 4th!