CUBA: All Wet

Fidel Castro got around to the cold war last week—and declared himself a neutral. "Why choose sides?" he asked a rally of 100,000 Havana workers. "Why say that all America must join one of the bands? Why not proclaim our right to live?" Castro's neutralism was a forthright rebuff to the U.S., but in expressing it he also slapped down one of his oldest supporters, ex-President José ("Pepe") Figueres of Costa Rica, who sat near by as a guest of honor.

On a six-day visit to Cuba, Figueres had tried hard to fit into...