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Alec McKee
Argument paper
Fri Nov 9, 2012 3:45pm
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My final topic for my argument paper will be on the United Statesí economic embargo on Cuba. I am taking the position of being for the trade embargo. I think the trade embargo is still relevant and necessary because of Cubaís actions and their unwillingness to cooperate with the United States. The Cuban government is still a Communism and they show little interest in the human rights of their citizens. The U.S. has repeatedly requested the Cuban government to change its laws for the betterment of its people put Cuba just will not comply with these demands. These two items are the main reason that the United States will not lift the embargo. Another very obvious reason is money. The U.S. holds six billion dollars worth of financial claims against the Cuban government. Cuba is still an unstable communist country that wants to have the trade embargo lifted, but will not make any effort to help themselves. The United States to this day, still has Cuba on the world list of countries that will fund terrorism and terroristic activities directly. The counter argument to my position will be that the embargo against Cuba should be lifted, and trade and travel should be open both in and out of the U.S. and Cuba for both citizens. It could also be argued that businesses could flourish because of open trade with Cuba. Also, it could be said that the embargo was created in 1962 and that many things in Cuba have changed since then, such as their leader. In order to defeat the counter argument I will research political speeches and events that will deny any acceptance of any other belief other than my own. The embargo still being in effect will greatly help my argument because that means that no one has made an argument in history good enough to end the embargo. Also, even though it is from 1962, the embargo has been recognized and amended since then. There has actually been a lot of attention on it since 1992 when it was at its strictest. The greatest change in the last 20 years on the embargo is that some travel for certain people has opened to and from Cuba.

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