Saturday, January 21, 2006

Column: Letting Cuba Play is Right Move



By NANCY ARMOUR, Associated Press

www.timesunion.com

Last updated: 5:16 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2006

If you decide to invite the world to a party, that means everybody gets to come. Not just the countries that are your friends or that you can tolerate for a while.

Everybody. Otherwise, what you're billing as a housewarming for the entire neighborhood is really more like an exclusive get-together. And when word gets out that you invited everyone but that weird couple with all the cats, you look like a mean-spirited jerk.

Which is why the U.S. Treasury Department was smart to relent Friday and let Cuba play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

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