Cuba: Tropical Red Square

The weather was balmier, and in Russia no one would be wearing U.S. Army-style combat fatigues. But otherwise, Cuba's third anniversary celebration of Fidel Castro's rise to power might have taken place in Moscow's Red Square. Mounting his own version of Lenin's tomb—the José Marti monument in Havana's Plaza de la Revolucion—Castro and his Cuban commissars proudly reviewed the crack units of a Communist-trained, Communist-supplied military machine that is bigger than that of any Western Hemisphere country except the U.S.

As a crowd of 500,000 Cubans looked on, 1 8 Soviet-built MIG-17s plus three supersonic MIG-19s thundered over the reviewing...

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