To the Editor:
I write to express my appreciation for Mark Falcoff’s “Is Cuba Next?” [November 1992]. His observations are especially welcome at a time when Cuba’s grave economic difficulties have inspired and reinvigorated the most amazing misconceptions. Thus, for example, CBS on one evening news broadcast managed to report Cuba’s economic problems and shortages as if they were caused merely by American ill will (the blockade), without a hint of the chronic mismanagement inherent in state-socialist systems and aggravated by the kind of one-man dictatorship Castro has exercised.
Mr. Falcoff’s analysis of current American attitudes toward Cuba is especially insightful; it explains the renewed desire on the part of the Left to lift the blockade and the upsurge of altruistic concerns about the deprivations of the Cuban people. It also help us to understand why members of the clergy are anxious to deliver aid to Cuba but not to other countries just as close and needy. It may be recalled that when Nicaragua was governed by radical leftists there was a similar wave of politically-motivated altruism, little of which survived the defeat of the Sandinista government.
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