Cuba: Year of the Firing Squad

The year 1961 was supposed to be "The Year of Education" in Fidel Castro's Cuba. Last week the slogan was enlarged. It is now also "The Year of the Firing Squad." The announcement was made by Cuba's Agrarian Reform Chief Antonio Núñez Jiménez in a speech to a crowd of gun-toting militiamen. Added the Reformer: "We will erect the most formidable execution wall in the history of humanity."

Cuba's Communists were bragging. As butchers go, they are still bush league. But Castro is trying hard. To the 587 listed and the many...