Cracks in The Dike

The Cuban trade blockade exhibits signs of strain

THE U.S. EMBARGO AGAINST CUBA IS LOSING friends fast. The 30-year-old boycott suffered two blows in quick succession. First the U.N. General Assembly approved a Castro-sponsored call for an end to sanctions; then the - Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Pastors for Peace delivered 12.5 tons of illegally exported supplies to Havana.

The 59-to-3 U.N. vote (with only Israel and Romania supporting the U.S.) was a protest against newly toughened U.S. sanctions. At the Mexican border, the Pastors for Peace truck convoy confronted U.S. Customs officials and, eyeball- to-eyeball, the government blinked. The shipment sailed unhampered to Cuba. A second one is planned.


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