CUBA: Castro's Globetrotting Gurkhas

"The M.P.L.A. did not score a military victory [in Angola]," said Henry Kissinger at a Washington press conference last week. "Cuba scored a military victory, backed by the Soviet Union." On the eve of a nine-day, six-nation visit to Latin America, the Secretary of State implicitly raised a question that is bound to be asked at every stop along the way: What is the meaning—and the potential danger—of Cuba's armed intervention in Angola?

Havana's African display of military prowess disturbs many Latin American leaders, including some who had only recently argued that the danger of subversion from Havana was over. Venezuela,...

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