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Cuba ties

June 22, 2001

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To the editor:

In his latest effort to open up Communist Cuba to "U.S. contacts and trade," Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says, "I have no illusions about Castro, but he doesn't pose a national security threat." ("Senator intervenes on Cuba art project," J-W, Tuesday, June 19)

Unfortunately, Sen. Roberts must have missed the recent trial in which five Cuban spies were convicted of espionage against the United States, including trying to infiltrate U.S. military installations in South Florida; the recent report that Communist China has been sending weapons and explosives to Cuba; the recent Defense Intelligence Agency statement of concern over Fidel Castro's ability to conduct "cyberwarfare" against U.S. computer systems; and former Defense Secretary William Cohen's stated concern with Castro's ability to manufacture biochemical weapons.

Regardless, leaving aside for a moment the threat that Castro's Cuba still continues to pose to U.S. interests, there is something manifestly disappointing about an approach to foreign policy that bases normal diplomatic and trade ties with a country solely on whether or not it poses a national security threat. Indeed, to adopt Sen. Roberts' standard would diminish America's unique and great historical tradition as a moral force in the world in defense of freedom, democracy, and human rights.

Jos. Cardenas,

Cuban American National

Foundation, Washington, D.C.

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