Now Fidel Really Has To Tough It Out Alone

Stop helping Fidel Castro. That message to Moscow has been popping up in almost every press conference by President Bush since the failed Soviet coup. Bush's urging is superfluous, however, because Soviet-Cuban ties are certain to shrink drastically, with or without U. S. prodding. The result for hard-pressed Cubans seems likely to be Option Zero--Castro's term for the deprivation Cuba will face if its lifeline to the vanishing Soviet bloc is cut.

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