My college-aged son is standing on the balcony of our room at the Habana Libre, made famous as the hotel where a young Fidel Castro set up camp for a few months after the 1959 Revolución. Havana stretches out before him, luminous in her dilapidated splendor.
Pope Benedict XVI can speak out against the U.S. embargo and against Marxist ideology, but the goings on at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay are not on his agenda. Human rights, quite simply, are off the table.