The United States is the hemispheric leader
Stabroek News
September 23, 2001

Dear Editor,

I read the letter [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ] in SN (22.9.01) by Mr Joe Schuler in which he attempts to cast me as having a totally misconstrued and ignorant view of world politics. To relate the removal of my father's government in the 1960s to the Monroe Doctrine shows a lack of historical perception and when Mr Schuler prattles on about the old and weary cold war and old war stories, one is left with the conclusion that he is really another United States-basher.

I have said over and over, not as an "Americanized" person as Mr Schuler would have it, but as a Guyanese through and through, the United States is our hemispheric leader. Yes, there have been errors in the past in terms of America's policies both at home and abroad, but overall, the democratic institutions, the diversity of the population, the institutions of learning, the freedom of the press and religion, the systems of efficiency, the haven for those fleeing tyranny (from all the countries Mr Schuler has sympathy for) and the essential freedom to research and develop new ideas are all reasons to support the USA in the fight against these criminal terrorists who represent nothing but mayhem and disorder. Mr Schuler seems to represent the dwindling band of cold warriors who still see American imperialism under every rock and crevice. The irony is that the first place that many of the critics want to travel to and beg aid from - is the United States.

Yours faithfully,

Cheddi (Joey) Jagan (Jr)