Letters to the Editor

Stabilizing Venezuela

I normally agree with Andres Oppenheimer, but I disagree with his Aug. 19 column, U.S., Cuba share common fear: chaos in Venezuela.

While I agree that both countries want to see stability in Venezuela I believe that Cuba and the United States have different versions of what a stabilized situation would be. It isn’t logical to think that Cuba will help stabilize the political situation in a way that could allow the opposition to come to power and curtail or eliminate Venezuela’s aid to Cuba, lower Cuba’s influence such as running the ports, and endanger the military hierarchy with which it has good relationships.

I don’t believe that the United States and other Western countries will approve a rigged election or a further curtailing of press freedom and human rights.

Jose Teijeiro, Miami