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To: michael97123 who wrote (765)5/13/2002 10:39:04 AM
From: Fred Levine  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 786
It looks like we have dwindled to three contentious posters. I visited Cuba under Castro in 1959-60 (over New Year's day) and people forgot that the background was the ruthless dictatorship of Batista. Castro was wildly popular, a cult hero, and had not designated himself a communist. Because he nationalized United Fruit and others, Eisenhower isolated him and he joined the communist bloc. Eisenhower refused to meet with him.

In retrospect, it was a brilliant move because Castro contributed to the bankruptcy of the USSR and was, with the exception of the Soviet missles, no threat to the USA. Whenever I hear Cubans talk about him now, they get annoyed when I ask about Batista.