Cuba: Propaganda Backfire

The gains and losses of the Cuban tractor deal were hotly debated in the U.S. (see THE NATION), but in Latin American eyes, the proposal represents a monumental propaganda setback for Castro. Throughout the hemisphere, which Castro hopes to lure into sympathy with his Marxist revolution, the response to his ransom demand was one of disgust. Wrote Rio's moderately liberal O Globo, whose circulation is the biggest in Brazil: "Hitler wanted to trade Jews for trucks; Fidel Castro wants to trade Cubans for tractors. It may be that this shows progress or superiority of Communism over Naziism, but we...

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