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John Zimmerman says of leftist groups like the various communist factions active in the United States in the 1960s that "there was hardly any difference in the end results sought by these groups. A similar phenomenon is noticeable among Islamists, who differ only on issues such as tactics not end results." I must disagree. China and the Soviet Union were quite different in the late 1960s in the way their economies ran, and very, very different in the way political power was exercised and organized. It would not have been exactly true to take the reality of the Soviet Union and treat that as the goaI of the CPUSA (Moscow-oriented Communists), or to take the reality of China and treat this as the goal of PL (Maoists), but it would have been at least partially true. True enough to make a claim that PL and the CPUSA had very similar goals look very strange to me. When I look at the results of Wahhabi power in Saudi Arabia, Taliban rule in Afghanistan, and the strange fettered democracy that the ayatollahs have created in Iran, I do not see a close resemblance between any two of them, much less all of them. Edwin Moise Clemson University