Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Questioning US stance toward Cuba

I found of particular interest the April 16 editorial "Castro shows his colors" which stated, "Like any Communist, [Fidel Castro's] main interest is preserving power."

I would like to know of any politician, whether communist or democratic, that isn't interested first and foremost in the preservation of personal power.

Isn't this why it is nearly impossible for our elected leaders to agree on the necessity of, let alone legislate, meaningful campaign finance reform? If incumbent politicians gave up the largely unbridled campaign contributions that they receive from special interests, it would level the campaign playing field, thereby diminishing the likelihood of their retaining their seats and their power base.

It is human nature to desire to preserve the perks of power and influence, not one's political ideology. David Schmidt Arlington, Va.

The recent Cuban crackdown reveals a continuing fear of American intentions. The US government claims that it has not engaged in military action against Cuba for some time (beyond its occupation of Cuba's Guantanamo Bay), so from an American perspective, the Cuban government's reaction to political activists' engagement with US diplomats, among other foreigners, may seem like paranoia. But the unrelenting US hostility toward Cuba during the past 40 years makes it difficult to distinguish between when the "Yankees" are a real threat and when they are not. Nicholas Trott Long Providence, R.I.

In the April 17 opinion piece "New Cuban rights abuse: no excuse to slow US outreach," Brian Alexander adopts the causality principle that if the US only eased up on foreign tyrannies, the tyrants would reform and go away. This is a fallacious argument.

Being tyrants, Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Il, the fallen Saddam Hussein, and others, all have one priority: to hang onto their absolute power. This means that normalization or relaxation efforts from abroad, such as those supported by Mr. …

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