Northwest NEWS

April 19, 1999

Editorial

Kosovo refugees should not go to Cuba

   While I think we shouldn't be involved over there [Yugoslavia] at all, considering the relevant history of the Balkans, my huge concern right now is the United States' intent to send Kosovars to our Cuban military base.

   How can that be considered even for an instant, when Cubans, who are used to the Cuban climate, rioted when they were confined there previously? The pictures of Kosovars show them in jackets and long-sleeved shirts, indicating a climate similar to ours in the Northwest. How can those people survive a Cuban summer in a bleak unshaded concentration camp without developing a deep hatred for the United States?

   As to not letting them come to the United States itself to a more appropriate setting, or settings, we've let so many others in, why not the Kosovars? And remember, if the United States accomplishes its goal over there, probably most of them will want to go home anyway.

Maxine Keesling, Woodinville