- Letter to The New York
- Response to "A Cuban Revolution, in Reading"
- Opinions expressed in this letter do not
necessarily reflect the views of IRTF, SRRT, or ALA.
- To the Editor:
- Re: A
Cuban Revolution, in Reading 2/22/05
- Suppose American citizens received cash, computers,
fax machines etc. from a foreign government, in order to promote
"regime change" in the U.S.? Suppose they openly collaborated with
foreign diplomats to undermine our national security? Under U.S. law,
such individuals -- even if they call themselves "librarians" -- are
agents of a foreign power, subject to long prison terms.
- The U.S. forbids foreign financial manipulation of
its political processes, and so does Cuba.
- The U.S. government, through the NED (National
Endowment for Democracy) and USAID, funnels thousands of dollars to
Cuban dissidents, as part of its official policy of bringing down the
Cuban government. This would never be tolerated in our country, if the
shoe were on the other foot.
- Furthermore, the accusations of "censorship" in
Cuba's public libraries, have been disputed by delegations of American
and international librarians who traveled there. Many of us also oppose
the cynical use of "libraries" to further U.S. foreign policy goals.
- Ann Sparanese
Englewood, NJ 07631
- (The writer was a NY Times Librarian Award winner in
2003 and is a member of the American Library Association Council.)
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