Aspiring totalitarians today celebrated the birth of Fidel Castro over social media, but others tried to imagine what state Cuba would be in now if it weren't for him.
What would have happened if Fidel Castro had never been born and his 63-year dictatorship had never existed? Let us examine where Cuba was prior to 1959 and where it is today and imagine "what might have been."
In 1959, in terms of per-capita GDP, Cuba was second to Chile and was doing better than Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Panama. In 2015, Cuba lagged well behind the other four countries. It would be fair to say that in economic terms, despite billions in Soviet and Venezuelan subsidies, the past six decades have been a disaster for Cuba.
|Cuban diplomats pushed for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948|
This may also raise new questions on the relationship between PAHO, Cuba and reporting not only on outbreaks but the healthcare statistics that present the regime in a positive light.
|Cholera patients in Cuba (CNN)|