Non-stop to Havana?

You know those rumors about Fidel Castro‘s supposed baseball career?  Yeah, not true.

But get this.  In a development that seemed impossible during Castro’s lifetime, it looks like the U.S. Congress may lift the travel ban to his home country.

Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro

Cuba is an almost mythical spot for many Americans and studies show that about 3 million a year may visit if given the chance to visit the one place in the world currently off-limits to them, per official trade policies.

Lifting the ban of 50 years is not without controversy, however, as the obvious American distaste for Communism, coupled with Cuban-Americans’ apprehension of providing a bounce to the Cuban economy in the absence of political reforms during the Fidel and Raul Castro era, promises to elicit strong opposition to any change in U.S. policies.

Without a doubt, this issue does merit some serious debate before passage of any new legislation. 

But my sentiment leans to that of Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.): “Punishing the American people in our effort to somehow deal a blow to the Castro government has not made any sense at all.  At long last, this policy, which has been in place for 50 years and has not worked, will finally be removed.”

Looks like it might not be long before 11 million Cubans hear the cry from their American neighbors 90 miles to the north, “Cuba, aquí venimos!”

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~ by acm213 on March 31, 2009.

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