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April 26, 2005

Travel to Cuba

The story of Carlos Lazo of Shoreline raises the question of travel to Cuba. Lazo is a Cuban refugee who left behind two sons by a previous wife, and he would like to visit them. He is making an issue of his military service in Iraq: he has served his country in war, and therefore his country ought to let him visit his sons.

In my view, Americans ought to have the right to travel to any foreign country they choose, as long as we are not at war with it—and we are not at war with Cuba. That Lazo served in the military has nothing to do with it really, though it may give him a rhetorical platform on which to raise the issue. That Cuba is communist also should have nothing to do with it. Americans were long allowed to travel to communist countries. I went to Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria when they were communist. I went Spain when it was fascist. Travel should be free. If foreign countries want to regulate their citizens, it is unfortunate, but it is their business. The U.S. government should leave our travels alone.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at April 26, 2005 12:35 PM



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