Not Surprised by Cuba’s Weapons Smuggling to North Korea

Mauricio Claver-Carone in the Huffington Post:

Not Surprised by Cuba’s Weapons Smuggling to North Korea

Mauricio Claver-CaroneA 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.”

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