CUBA: Patience Sorely Tried

"Imperialist beast. Bandit, hypocrite, thief!" screamed the radios in Fidel Castro's Cuba, denouncing the U.S. "The U.S. wants to prepare public opinion for military action," raved Revolution, Castro's mouthpiece paper, "the same technique as the Alamo in 1836, the Maine in 1898, the Lusitania in 1915." Said Cuba's Prime Minister himself: "Those who committed this sabotage are those who were interested in our not getting these arms—officials of the United States Government."

In the week following the explosion of the arms-laden freighter La Coubre in Havana Harbor, the vilification of the...

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