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'Arrogance' in Central America

October 16, 1987

Your editorial ("More Arrogance," Oct. 9) only begins to highlight the existing problems that make peace in Central America questionable.

President Reagan has tried to make a case that Russia and Cuba will soon have a foothold in our hemisphere. He is so overconvinced of this matter that it has become his vendetta. The fears he expresses are very similar in nature to those expounded by the late Sen. Joe McCarthy in his heyday. If you follow the President's line of reasoning, there will soon be a communist under every bed.

Without giving the peace plan time to work, he has from its inception thrown up one roadblock after another to hinder its progress. His recent rhetoric at the meeting of the Organization of American States was flawed with many misstatements. His request for Congress to fund $270 million in aid for the so-called "freedom fighters" is further evidence of his continued effort to disrupt the peace plan before it reaches fruition.

The President's attitude regarding Nicaragua is that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega bend to his every wish or he will have his contras take control of the country. This attitude is similar to the one recently expressed at the Senate committee's defeat of Judge Robert Bork where the President's statement was "over my dead body."

LOUIS R. KOZBERG

Los Angeles

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