Not Surprised by Cuba’s Weapons Smuggling to North Korea
A lot of people were baffled — although it’s not clear why the befuddlement — that Cuba’s Castro brothers were caught red-handed smuggling fighter jets, radar and missile components, and other weaponry to Kim Jong-un and North Korea in violation of the U.N. Security Council’s arms embargo.
It was no great surprise to those who’ve watched the defiant dictators of Cuba. We know the Castros don’t think with their brains first. Instead they remain obsessed with flashing their cojones. What’s baffling is that year after year they still get with away with it.
It can’t be a surprise either that the world’s remaining totalitarian states pursue their own survival, mutually assisting each other politically, economically and militarily. Apparently neither wants the dubious honor of becoming the world’s sole remaining totalitarian state.
Throughout their long rule in Cuba, the Castro brothers have acted illegally and irresponsibly with brawn — even when it’s borrowed at the time from allies-of-convenience. It’s a “machismo” thing that they enjoy practicing at home, as for example, their use of brute force against the Havana democracy advocates known worldwide as “The Ladies in White.”
In 1962, Fidel Castro was lusting over the nuclear missiles of the Soviet Union. He provoked the “Cuban Missile Crisis” and then urged Nikita Khrushchev, then-Soviet premier, to push the button and launch a nuclear strike against the United States. The Castro objective was: Kill tens of millions of Americans. Khrushchev wrote about the incident in his memoirs concluding that Fidel Castro is crazy. Apparently Fidel and Raul didn’t care that the United States would retaliate and obliterate the island of Cuba.
The Castros’ power fantasies and fallacies don’t seem to fade. In the 1980s, Fidel’s ego took a beating and Cuba’s economy foundered under the weight of his ill-considered military adventures in Africa, which became deeply unpopular in Cuba. To keep playing on the world stage, the Castros are always searching for “hard currency” and the Angola war was one way to extract it from the Soviet Union.
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