James Flanigan's column ("The Payoff in Making Soviets Our Customers," Oct. 8) was interesting in a mild sort of way until the very end.
Suddenly, an article pleasantly devoid of the inflammatory language I've come to expect in any article purportedly analyzing the Soviets springs to life. Mr. Flanigan quotes Prof. Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard: "Our response . . . should be that of a rational capitalist, calculating what is in our interest. The Soviet economy of today . . . is near chaos, and we've never had a chaotic superpower."
I'm not one for defending the Soviets, but statements like this are too much to bear. Where have we seen a chaotic superpower before? Maybe . . . us?
If this country, with its one-sided emphasis on the best interests of mega-corporations at the expense of individual taxpayers and national resources, is not a chaotic superpower, I have pink elephants sprouting in my back yard. It's precisely that calculation of what's "in our interest" that has led to the war in Nicaragua and uncountable other gross blunders.