Playing ball now in Cuba's court

January 24, 2006

Miami Herald- Editorial Opinion

The U.S. Treasury Department was right to clear the way for Cuba's national baseball team to participate in the first-ever World Baseball Classic -- and in attaching appropriate strings. Competition and U.S. diplomacy will be the winners here, regardless of the limited benefit Cuba may derive, if any.

The 180-degree turnaround from outright rejection a month ago should improve U.S. standing among international allies, many of whom reject the U.S. embargo of Cuba. These allies should press more strongly for democracy and human rights in Cuba. Allowing the Cuban team to play limits the team's propaganda value to Cuba. The regime can't claim that it is being abused by the U.S. Goliath this time.


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