Visiting ships’ pasts are not comparable

Pallada, Stalin, Esmeralda, Pinochet

Re: Two destructive regimes, two differing reactions to ships (Letters, Aug. 17)

Scott Eichel attempts to draw a parallel between Pallada’s connection to Stalinist Russia and Esmeralda’s connection to Chile’s Augusto Pinochet. I feel compelled to note that Pallada was built in 1989, 36 years after the death of Stalin, whereas Esmeralda was used during Pinochet’s rule for the rape and torture of prisoners. Such a parallel simply does not exist.

Greg Aleknevicus