The World: Los Caballeros

The Cuban army, with some 80,000 men, is one of the largest and best-equipped in Latin America, as Premier Fidel Castro noted earlier this year in commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. "Never have our people had such a mass of fighters, such a quantity of cadres as those we now have," he said. What Fidel did not say was that the Russians had told him that the cost of keeping so many in uniform was an unnecessary burden on the economy and also prevented young men from pursuing careers in...

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