Blind disciples

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Brian Wilson (Comment, 7 November 07) says Cuba’s achievements “which, whatever the manifest deficiencies, have offered an alternative set of ­economic and social priorities to the world”.

This is undoubtedly true. These priorities include ­economic stagnation, ­dictatorship, censorship, forced labour camps and the complete cancellation of all liberties.

Another achievement is to have successfully blamed the ­economic stagnation on America’s trade embargo despite the fact that communist economic ­policy is, in practice, an ­economic embargo on every ­individual in the country.

Indeed, it can be said that many lessons can be learned from Cuba, and all of those 
lessons are exactly what not to do.

One does wonder why many commentators, supposed liberals, support such an illiberal 

Bruce Crichton

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