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History Of The Cold W23

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Unformatted text preview: History Of The Cold War Making a Pig's Ear of it over Cuba: Castro and the Bay of Pigs "A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past." — Fidel Castro In 1958, a man with an impressive beard called Fidel Castro overthrew the Cuban leader Fulgencio Batista. Batista had been pro- big business . Cuba was a major exporter of sugar, was famous for its cigars, and The Mafia had set up shop there. However, the US government had not been totally in love with Batista guy, and had actually arms embargoed him. Some of the Cuban revolutionaries were staunch Communists. Arguably, Castro had not been one of them, seeming interested in more general ideas of independence from U.S. and foreign capital. Given the political climate of the day, though, a side had to be chosen. Very soon after the revolution Cuba established a partnership with the Soviet Union. This did not go down well with the U.S., who had been taking a wait-and-see approach up to this point. They quickly put a with the U....
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