March 25, 2016 — With the blessing of the US Federal Government it became official on or about March 19th, 2016 that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. will invest multiple millions of dollars renovating and managing 3 hotels on the beautiful tropical island nation of Cuba. This was all happening on the heels of U.S. based Marriott International, Inc. and the yuuuge China-based insurer ANBANG bidding against one another to purchase Starwood for around $13 + Billion. There was no mention of any timeshare ‘activities’ planned but it’s only a matter of time before some developer markets and sells slices of paradise in the Caribbean Nation.
So Here’s The Scoop: As many of us know the Cuban Revolution was, in part, an insurgency against the U.S.-backed Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. Beginning during the summer of 1953, armed communists under the leadership of Fidel Castro and his allies, kicked it off, ultimately leading the rebels to victory in 1959.
Then, in 1961 there was the failed “Bay of Pigs” invasion of Cuba, a disaster that was partly backed by the U.S. The next big event in Cuba was the 14-day “Cuban Missile Crisis” when — as the world held its breath — the United States and the communist Soviet Union were literally minutes away from pushing their nuclear buttons, starting World War III and annihilating each other off the face of earth along with their corresponding allies.
Thankfully that terrifying crisis peaceably concluded on October 28th, 1962 when the leader of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, and U.S. President JFK mutually agreed that Khrushchev would immediately withdraw all their nuclear warheads from the island 90 miles off the coast of the S.E. USA and in exchange the U.S. promised it would not invade Cuba and JFK secretly agreed to also withdraw U.S. missiles from Turkey.
Sadly, it was only about 1 year later that President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. And though Lee Harvey Oswald was deemed the “lone assassin”, many believed then and throughout ensuing decades that either the ‘commies’ from the Soviet Union or Cuba or both, had something to do with murdering the President of the United States.
With that brief history out of the way; I’m predicting here and now that in the not too distant future there will be another hot bed of activity but this time it will come when the first timeshare resort in Cuba invades the island nation.
First consider, for example, that from late 1940’s through the 1980’s powerful corporate interests and political leaders in the United States constantly bombarded the people of America (and the world) with vigorous warnings about the perils of communism, asserting what soon became known as “the domino theory”.
Those very leaders continuously cautioned the global populace that those “dirty commies” were coming for us all and because of the dreaded “Red Menace”, as far as many of those ‘talking-heads’ were concerned if it took an all out full scale nuclear war then that was just fine because we’d all be “Better Dead Than Red”.
During that era there was also no shortage of propaganda posters across the United States making all sorts of assertions and scaring people such claims as (e.g.) the Beatles had communist leanings. If you want to see many types of those posters use google images for “red menace” or “better red than dead”, etc.
And then there was the notorious U.S. Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy from the State of Wisconsin who was out front with his anti-communist rhetoric back in the day pushing what was known as “McCarthyism”.
McCarthy was also insisting that the “commies” had infiltrated many departments of the U.S. Government, branches of the United States Armed Forces and that many movie and TV ‘Stars’, writers, producers and directors, etc. were dubbed “commies”. That effort by good old Uncle Joe ruined many lives and the futures of good decent American families that were NOT communist nor had any ties to communism.
And while that was happening, from coast to coast and border to border American school children were often required to participate in emergency drills while attending class, during their recess or lunch periods, being taught to “duck and cover” in the event of a nuclear attack from “commie” nations.
At the core of the “Red Scare” and the alleged “domino effect” was the insistence that if one nation goes “commie” all their neighbor nations would also become “Reds” and that before we knew what hit us the entire world would be gobbled up and under the full mind control of those ‘…filthy, dirty, rotten, dog eating, Godless communist heathen bastards…’
Also, long before President Ronald Reagan single handedly defeated communism, end the “cold war” (which existed from the late 1940’s to early 1990’s) and brought down the “Berlin Wall” in November of 1989 (erected by the “commies” in 1961), America and our allies fought two major ‘hot wars’ against the “Reds” during that era.
Those prolonged, bloody, horrific and costly wars against the communists began with the Korean war (1950 – 1953) which was soon to be followed by a much longer war in Vietnam that actually started for the U.S. in 1955 and finally ended in 1973 with the withdraw of U.S. combat forces from the south; and then, in 1975, ultimately concluded with the fall of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) to the communists from the north
So here we are some 66 years since the onset of the Korean War and there are timeshare resorts in communist Vietnam, in “Federated Russia” and in especially in communist China where timesharing is growing exponentially.
So my suggestion that timesharing will come to the beautiful “commie” island country of Cuba, sooner or later, is not that farfetched. I hope it does and look forward to traveling there as well.
And if you still think I’ve lost my mind then the next time you visit a (e.g.) Walmart stop for a moment and realize that in every one of their 5,000-plus stores in the USA alone their shelves are stocked to the brim with ‘stuff’ – you guessed it – made in communist China.
Should that not be convincing then also consider that all of us in the USA basically owe communist China over 1.2 Trillion U.S. dollars in debt they own via U.S. securities and/or government bonds, etc.
So with millions and millions of Americans’ gleefully buying products produced in communist China 24/7/365, and since the U.S. Federal Government continues to be business partners with the largest communist nation on planet earth containing over 1.34 Billion ‘commies’, well, like I said, my notion that timesharing will invade the shores of Cuba is not that unbelievable.
I should add one more point about the ‘commies’ during the Korean War: When North Korea invaded the southern part of the country they soon brought with them an estimated 300,000 Chinese combat troops to help their commie amigos in the North.
One thing for sure, whoever goes into Cuba first — and does it right — will have a yuuuge victory that will surely please them and make them a few bucks to boot.
Good Luck Out There
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