Today, babalu's Val Prieto essentially reduces the discussion of travel to Cuba to "winners" and "losers" and states that the people who want the Cuban travel restrictions dropped are "winners" because they are getting pretty much what they want in legislation that is pending before Congress.
In the black and white way that hardliners like to view things, I guess that Prieto is right. Indeed, if this legislation passes, in Prieto's mind at least, it would extend what has been a 50-year losing streak for hardliners in their efforts to effect change in Cuba.
But let me submit to you that when this legislation passes, the Castro brothers, at least one of them, will wake up and have their bacon and egg breakfast just like they've been having for the last 5 decades. Nothing changes for them.
But in Pilón, a dying Cuban man will wake up on possibly his last day on Earth and will be able to share a much more meager breakfast with his grandson who just arrived from Miami earlier that day.
And, that, I contend, has to transcend any discussion of who are the "winners" and who are the "losers."