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Cockburn on Cuba

October 20, 1994

In response to Alexander Cockburn's Column Left of Oct. 6, regarding our embargo against Cuba:

I wonder if Cockburn was as consistent in denouncing our boycott against South Africa in the '80s. And as for his gushing praise of the Cuban health care system, all I can say is "so what?" Since when does that excuse totalitarian and oppressive government?

Rather than rail against the U.S. embargo and cry crocodile tears for the poor, deprived citizens (maybe that should be "subjects"?) of Cuba, why doesn't he instead call for the one step which will put an end to the problem--namely for Fidel Castro to do the responsible thing for his people and allow for democratic elections, and then, if the Cuban people so desire, step down from power after three decades of absolute rule.

ERIC GUDORF

Huntington Beach

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