Letters to the editor, March 28

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Looking back to 1962

Where would the United States and the world be had President Kennedy only declared a few minimal economic sanctions on Soviet Premier Khrushchev and a few of his “friends” in 1962?

Can you say — vaporized?

Will the threats uttered this month in Washington be taken seriously anywhere and by anyone? Consider that the economic sanctions on Iran have recently been “unilaterally” lifted, the red lines in the Middle East have been crossed numerous times, the backing away from the anti-missile shield in Eastern European states to gain Russian friendship, and Israel is being thrown under the bus.

Does anyone respect or fear suggestions, demands or threats that emanate from Washington? Is Putin soiling his trousers?

Unfortunately, the United State’s involvement in two world wars, the aftermath in Germany after World War II and the Berlin Wall’s destruction as a result of the efforts of Presidents Kennedy and Reagan are no longer considered history worth learning.

As George Santayana said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

Has there been relative peace for the last 51 years? What has happened to the leaders of yore? What percent of the population was alive in 1962?

Larry Jambor,


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