CUBA: That Martial Fever

The wacky obsession of Fidel Castro's Cuba last week was that war with the U.S. was close at hand. "Machetes ready, rifles oiled." cautioned the mouthpiece newspaper Revolution. "Yankee warships off the Cuban coast!'' In the drumfire of propaganda, even some of Castro's 6,000 political prisoners began believing the lies. "Every time we heard a plane go overhead," reported a prisoner just released, "we thought the Americans were coming to rescue us.''

The only plane that came was a twin-engine Piper Apache piloted by a U.S. adventurer whom U.S. authorities had been trying to get the goods on since last...

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