Letters: Dec. 6, 1968

Historical Precedent

Sir: Your article, "NATO: In the Wake of Illusion" [Nov. 22], was interesting. Americans are aghast when the Soviet Union issues the Brezhnev Doctrine. Why? The U.S., in 1823, announced to the world the Monroe Doctrine to support our own intervention, imperialism, and hands-off policy in this hemisphere. The Russians are simply learning from their equally ambitious counterpart how to deal with troublesome neighbors. Tit for tat, no?

RICHARD E. LANNING Berea, Ohio

Sir: The alarming buildup of U.S.S.R. military force in the Mideast reflects U.S. ineptitude as much as Russian strength....