Commentary Magazine


Soviet Intentions

To the Editor:

The April issue, with its articles by Richard Pipes [“Soviet Global Strategy”] and Edward N. Luttwak [“After Afghanistan, What?”], is superbly incisive. The only additional problem area that Mr. Luttwak might also have dealt with in discussing Soviet map-changing opportunities is South and Central America and Mexico. Ever since Castro gave the Soviets a staging base in Cuba, they have been building up an infiltration-subversion-guerrilla – arms- and -logistic-support apparatus. This is being put in place to create a major diversion in the area, timed no doubt to coincide with the inevitable Soviet squeeze in the Middle East. The obvious Soviet purpose for wanting a base on this continent has, as usual, until just recently escaped the analysis of the hopeful liberals in our media and universities. . . .

T. F. Walkowicz
New York City

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To the Editor:

The well-documented and perceptive article by Edward N. Luttwak raises an important question. It does not seem likely that the new boldness and a certain finesse in Soviet actions abroad have been initiated by the present Kremlin gerontocracy. Therefore it is probable that we are witnessing the beginning of a new phase, the phase of Soviet adventures abroad, conceived and directed by the heirs of the present leadership; their influence is already being felt in the Kremlin. If this is the case, the status quo that so many Americans still believe in has already started to crumble, and the tension between the superpowers will soon escalate dangerously. . . .

Arye Lev-Ran
La Jolla, California

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