5 MAY 1961, Page 14

SIR,—Your leading article on April 21 argues that President Kennedy

is faced with 'a Soviet satellite nation ninety miles frcm the United States mainland. In such circumstances, it would be the duty, as well as the natural wish, of any American Administration to bring about its downfall.' Ignoring the fact that the Russian Government has become the main sup- port of Cuba because the United States has boy- cotted her, and that a nation has the right to choose her own form of government, is it your contention that it is wrong for Russia to intervene in Hungary but right for the United States to intervene in Cuba? —Yours faithfully,