Cuba: More Mosquito Bites

Fidel Castro's Communist dictatorship fairly bristles with coastal emplacements, sea-scanning radar, patrolling helicopters and 45-m.p.h. komar-class Soviet torpedo boats. Yet whenever the mosquito navy of the anti-Castro exiles buzzes up to bite away at fortress Cuba, as it did in Havana harbor last week, the recruits behind Castro's hardware curiously seem to be looking the other way.

Arrowhead Approach. Under a full moon one evening, three or more exile gunboats—each painted a glossy white, showing red and green running lights and flying the Cuban flag—approached Havana in arrowhead formation. By midnight, the exiles had reached the city without so...

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