On Cuba, Obama must first think of Latin America – and democracy

Saturday, April 11, 2009
Chritian Science Monitor Editorial Board April 10, 2009

On Cuba, Obama must first think of Latin America – and democracy

The region's democracies need to be defended, as does US nurturing of liberty

How to deal with Cuba has vexed US presidents since communist Fidel Castro took power in 1959. Now it is President Obama's turn. But this time, more than US-Cuban ties are at stake.

In coming days, Mr. Obama's actions toward the island state will reveal if he will be an active democracy promoter in global affairs, much like presidents before him.

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