Saturday, January 07, 2006

'06 World Baseball Classic in Jeopardy…

From bad to worse... First the United States decides to ban Cuba from the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Now the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is threatening to pull their sanctioning of the event if the Cuba ban is not rescinded. And if the sanctioning is pulled, the whole thing will probably collapse. John Donovan describes the sad scenario in more detail here.

I’ve written about this before. It’s just insane that our country continues this pointless, stupid, idiotic policy towards Cuba. The Cold War is OVER. We WON. Enough already.

Did you know that if you have a relative in Cuba and want to visit them, you must fill out a request form and have it approved by our government? If you want to send money to someone in Cuba so that they can emigrate to the United States, again, you need to fill out a form and have it approved by our government. There is even a “hotline” phone number you can call to report a “Cuba Sanctions Violation” (786-845-2829). I would expect such an action out of the old Soviet Union or, perhaps, today’s China, but from America?

There is an entire section of the U.S. Treasury Department’s website that is devoted to our Cuban embargo. Along with the other “gems” I’ve previously mentioned, you can find such riveting documents as “Prepaid Tourist Packages are Prohibited” and a “Cuban Cigar Update”. The pointlessness and supreme stupidity of this policy continues to astound me. Cuba is a neighbor, barely 90 miles from our shores. We have real enemies in the world, enemies that we should be concerned about. Cuba is not one of them.

America fought a to-the-death war with Japan, but now welcomes them to this baseball tournament. We can’t invite Cuba? It’s not like Cubans have been flying planes into American buildings or threatening us with WMD. Again, America has real problems in the world with real enemies. Cuba is not one of them.

Cuban athletes participated in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and won several medals. Did that compromise our national security? Will allowing them to participate in this Baseball classic jeopardize our War on Terror? Of course not. Cuba is NOT OUR ENEMY. Our stupidity is our enemy.

The specific arm of the US Government that has instituted the ban is the Treasury Department. It is headed up by John Snow. He can be reached at;

Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Fax: (202) 622-6415
I’m sending him a letter asking that he rescind the ban and ask that you do likewise.

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