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RUSSELL, Bertrand.

Typed letter signed, opposing US intervention in Cuba.

6 May 1964 Stock Code: 141406
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"Respecting the rights of Cuba is in the vital interests of the United States and is a pre-requisite of peace in the world"

Typed letter signed from Bertrand Russell to the editor of the Toronto Star Weekly, proposing - during a slight thawing in the Cold War - that the US should normalize and improve relations with Cuba. Russell writes "The attempts on the part of the United States to improve relations with the U.S.S.R. deserve support and, in particular the statement by President Johnson that he will meet the Soviet Union more than half way in the matter of Germany is very encouraging. In this situation, it is difficult to understand the alarming attitude of the United States towards Cuba. A tolerant policy towards the U.S.S.R. and the pursuit of good relations with the Soviets can hardly be compatible with so hostile a policy towards Cuba. The only hope for peace lies in the diminution of hostilities on troubled areas of the world. It is hard to see why Cuba should not receive similar consideration.

The flight of American aircraft over Cuba is in utter violation of Cuban sovereignty and would be unacceptable to any state in the world. The United States possesses missiles on her territory but would not permit Soviet or Cuban aircraft to violate her air space on that account. This sort of action on the part of a large country towards a smaller one must be deplored the world over and the maintenance of an unwanted base at Guantanamo Bay by force is sheer imperialism.

I wish to appeal for the establishment of normal relations with Cuba and for an end to plans for flights over her territory. The blind spot America displays over Cuba threatens to dash the hopes of peace so arduously built. I am certain the respecting the rights of Cuba is in the vital interests of the United States and is a pre-requisite of peace in the world. Such action on the part of America will win her world wide approval and cannot conceivably be opposed by anyone who wishes an end to the Cold War and the danger of nuclear way. Yours faithfully, Bertrand Russell".

Russell published other letters and articles in the newspaper. The letter is marked up with notes from the newspaper staff. The letter originates from the estate of Ray Gardner (1919-1997), the editor of the Star Weekly, and himself a peace campaigner, sometime Chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council.

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Typed letter signed (254 x 204 mm), with the original envelope franked 7 May.


Creased as originally folded, slight paperclip impression at head, marked up by editors (see below), signature struck through; in very good condition.


Not traced in Blackwell & Ruja.


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