Former Enemies? Why not Potential Partners?
I was reading the replies to fyl's post about how to deal with the government and as usual it turned to Tourism and something caught my attention. Sra Oncidiumfan writes: Nicaragua probably sees this all as an experiment, with considerable risk considering that many of the people coming here are hostile to the government in power ( I am more amazed by their grace at allowing in their former enemies than anything else about the country, and think they should be more like Welsh and burn some vacation houses from time to time. As much as I dislike the current government, for their ways of managing Nicaragua's affairs as their own private company, I have to say that at least they are trying to lure foreign investments into the country, which we need desperately. The guys at COSEP and also the Nicaraguan association of the chamber of commerce in the US, I forget their name, recognized that much. As you say Nicaragua lacks many of the attractions that Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica have, like mayan ruins, beaches and such, but that doesn't mean there is nothing that people wouldn't want to come and spend a few days in Nicaragua. If the people in charge of Tourism in Nicaragua do their homework they will do their job and carve a little niche by offering to the tourist not another run of the mill tourist stop. There are those that love to go to a place that is not crowded and overrun with the cookie cutter tourism destination. Tourism is not just about the scenery and beaches and old cities and almost forgotten towns and ruins, all good things to have for sure. There is also the tourists interested on the history and culture of the people. Nicaragua has a pretty interesting history and this may sound crazy to some but I believe that one of the things that makes people want to visit Nicaragua is our convoluted past and present Politics. Many like it so much that end up moving to Nicaragua because of that, and then they begin to discover the other things that make this little country a beautiful place. No enterprise is going to be perfect from the get go, but it has got to start somewhere and hopefully it will become beneficial for all involved in it. It is better to do something hoping for the better than do nothing because of didn't worked out so well some place else. I seriously doubt that the government, the Pellas and their peers see this as an experiment. Why be amazed by their grace at allowing in their former enemies ? Other nations do it, don't they? Weren't the Japanese former enemies with the US? The list is long. Why should we perpetuate the anger and sense of vengeance? What do we profit from it? I am not saying that we should close our eyes, bite our tongues and bend over. No I am not. Instead try to find a way to make it appealing to the outsiders without selling our souls. So instead of seeing a former enemy see a potential partner, if not equal at first but not as bad as in the past.