Thursday, August 03, 2006

Imagining Cuba Without Castro (3 Letters)

Letters to the editor of The New York Times

To the Editor:

The news out of Cuba reminds us that the Castro regime must end someday (“Castro ‘Stable,’ but His Illness Presents Puzzle,” front page, Aug. 2). What happens then?

If a new government without Fidel Castro keeps Cuba on the path he set, what will our justification be for continuing our immoral embargo?

The great risk for conservatives and the Cuban exile community is that a popular government will survive Mr. Castro that preserves the essential features that he installed. They would then have no justification for their opposition.

You report that a State Department spokesman “made it clear on Tuesday that the United States would take an active role in shaping events on the island if the Cuban leader dies.” We should take a warning from the tragic history of our meddling in Iran in the 1950’s and resist the temptation to interfere in what should be an internal Cuban affair.

Orin Hollander
Jamison, Pa., Aug. 2, 2006

To the Editor:

President Bush thinks he could help Cubans build a better post-Castro future? Looking at post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, I think President Bush should stay out of Cuba lest we waste billions of tax dollars trying to force his way on another country.

Michael Impagliazzo
Hastings, Minn., Aug. 2, 2006

To the Editor:

How presumptuous to think that Americans or their government should dictate to Cubans how to run their society. I am sure that Cubans would also want to know what Americans mean by democracy and an “economically dynamic society” (editorial, Aug. 2).

Is it what is being imposed in Iraq? Or what has been shoved down the throats of Haitians?

America should let others choose for themselves and live in peace.

Edouard Coupet
Flossmoor, Ill., Aug. 2, 2006

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