Saturday, December 17, 2005

Yet Another Reason to Strike Down Cuba Embargo

Saturday, December 17, 2005

http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com

Copyright © 2005 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

The U.S. Treasury Department provided further evidence Friday that it is time for the United States to end its embargo against Cuba.

Citing regulations that should have been repealed decades ago, the department ruled that Cuban athletes cannot participate in the first World Baseball Classic -- or at least that part of the classic that is held in this country.

The tournament, to be patterned after World Cup soccer, is to included 16 teams, one of them Cuban. The games are to be played in the United States, Puerto Rico and Japan.

Baseball is immensely popular in Cuba. A Cuban national team undoubtedly would be a strong international competitor.

But, the Treasury Department said, "the Cuba embargo prohibits entering into contracts in which Cuba or Cuban nationals have an interest."

Ridiculous.

The embargo serves no purpose.

It has not toppled Fidel Castro, and will not do so in the future.

It has not gained support from other nations, and will not do so in the future.

It has not isolated Cuba from the rest of the world; other nations have normal relations with Cuba.

As we noted on this page Thursday, there are compelling economic reasons for the United States to end its failed embargo.

The baseball tournament shows there are cultural reasons, too.

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