Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Resurrecting East-Bloc Pride

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Resurrecting East-Bloc Pride

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My husband and I were struck by the clarion note of the Opinion page article "Learning to Do Business in Former USSR," Feb. 24. It brought back - painfully - experiences we had in Bulgaria not long ago. We were privileged to spend some time in that country under the auspices of the Citizen Democracy Corps - an organization formed by George Bush to enlist the American private sector in aiding the transition of former East-bloc countries to a free market economy.

We observed the arrogance of the Americans in our group - our own ignorance not to be excluded. Like the Russian people, the Bulgarians are proud people, with much to be proud of. Their problems are too complex for simplistic thinking, and their culture is too rich and deep-rooted to be treated with an air of Western superiority.

Indeed, an institute for the training of those who want to work with the newly independent states would be a wise step for the Clinton administration. Earlene Asher, Nickerson, Kan. …

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