Letters: Sep. 28, 1998

COMRADES IN TROUBLE

"When we had not yet recovered from the Tequila Effect and the Saki Effect, we became the victims of the Vodka Effect." RAUL H. ALVAREZ Buenos Aires, Argentina

Russians should fasten their seat belts and get ready for the worst [RUSSIA IN CRISIS, Sept. 7]. The country, like most developing countries, failed to get off on the right foot. Any sudden change brings difficulties. It is easy to embrace something new, especially when it looks as attractive as capitalism does. Western society, particularly the U.S.'s, fueled this metamorphosis, forgetting that changing a system is one thing and changing...

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