... and yet all those Cubans whose names are on the right sidebar of this blog remain in prison.
As a region, Latin America has made tremendous strides towards democracy over the past couple of decades. Only one country - Cuba, which for much of its Castro-era history has tried to undermine its neighbors - is ruled by an unelected dictatorship, when that sort of tyranny used to be more of the norm in the hemisphere.
But with its decision Wednesday to readmit Cuba, the Organization of American States betrayed those in their respective countries who sacrificed so much to accomplish that progress towards democracy.
And they betrayed those in Cuba, like those listed in the right sidebar of this blog, struggling for nothing less for themselves and for their nation.
There's a lot of change, some of it maybe warranted, in how the world, including the United States, is dealing with Cuba. But until there is change in Cuba, and by Cuba, it all rings quite hollow and smells quite awful.