Jan. 20,1959: Paul Coates and Fidel Castro

paul_coates Fidel Castro, the bearded boy wonder of Cuba, has been sassing his kindly, benevolent, slightly wealthy Uncle Sam lately.

Young Fidel has taken it as a personal insult that a few of our congressmen are suggesting tough measures to let him know that we don’t like the way he’s doling out justice to the beaten men of Fulgencio Batista’s crumbling dictatorship.

The lad is most annoyed at one Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio), chairman of the House foreign affairs subcommittee, for the latter’s suggestion that we cut off U.S. credit to Cuba, or stop importing Cuban sugar.

Fidel states flatly that how he disposes of his country’s “war criminals” is none of our business.

And I — for one — reluctantly agree.

Note: This column appeared in the L.A. Mirror in 1959 and was republished on latimes.com in 2009. It’s available via Archive.org.

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I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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