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January 14, 2007


Walter Lippmann

Nearly fifty years of efforts to isolate Cuba in hopes that its people will overthrow their government and bring back the crooks who ran it before have failed. Some people are finally admitting, now that Fidel Castro has been out of the picture for close to six months, that their strategy has failed, and it's time to try something else.

It's unfortunate, though by no means surprising, that the Wall Street Journal's commentator doesn't recognize that, along with its various problems, Cuba has some things which we can learn from: totally free health care and education, for example.

We really need to allow the people of the United States, all of them, to be free to see Cuba for themselves.

Thanks very much for sharing this commentator's views.

Best wishes,

Walter Lippmann
Los Angeles, California

James F. Trumm

Thanks for your comments. As you probably have gathered, I am in general agreement with them. I don't overlook the Castro regime's horrible record on human rights, civil liberties and representative democracy. I will be thoroughly glad to see the dictatorship there come to an end. But as you correctly point out, there are some things the Castro regime has done fairly well--or even very well, considering the handicaps they labor under. When the post-Castro era begins, the U.S. would do well to ensure that those things are continued. JFT

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