Transition may include Castro

The Oct. 20 editorial ``US, Cuba After Castro,'' assumes that the US can do nothing to assist Cuba's transition to democracy until President Fidel Castro Ruz disappears. Actually Mr. Castro might be willing to negotiate a peaceful transition, with some face-saving measures. Surely that is a better option than the violence and bloodshed that may otherwise ensue.

The idea that the Florida Cubans can play a large part in the transition overlooks the fact that Cubans on the island are united in the determination not to allow those who fled to come back and take over, or even tell those who remained how to manage their affairs. Generosity, yes; interference, no. Jean LeRoy, Doswell, Va.

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