Castro Cuts Reagan 7 June 2004 Newsmax has reported that Radio Reloi, which speaks the mind of the Dictator, apparently for life, has reported the death of former President Reagan. Their report included the words “He, who should never have been born, has died.” This displays the character of the mind of Fidel Castro as well as the type of moral ethics that is engendered in the souls of people who give themselves to communism. Under Reagan, the island of Granada was invaded in 1983 because its relationship with Castro made it necessary to rescue nearly a thousand American medical students enrolled there. The conflict involved the U.S. and it's Central American and Caribbean allies on one side and Fidel Castro's Cuba, the Sandinista government of Nicaragua and various Marxist guerrilla armies on the other. The Marxist government of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop was allowing Cuba to gain undue influence in Grenada, specifically by constructing a military-grade airport with Cuban military engineers. The Bishop government was overthrown by Bernard Coard, who seized power in a bloody coup. The severity of the violence, coupled with Coard's own hard-line Marxism, caused deep concern among neighboring Caribbean nations, as well as in Washington, D.C. Two days before Operation Urgent Fury began, terrorists bombed the Marine Barracks in Lebanon. This gave the military as much desire to take and free the island from communism as it helped ensure the government would not turn back. This was the first time since before WWII that an avowed Communist/Marxist government was replaced with a pro-Western one. It provided Americans a much needed victory and gave Fidel Castro a black eye that he took very personally. Since then, sometimes through the help of covert activities a number of such governments have changed. But the big story has seldom been told. At the time of the invasion of Granada, Cuba was home to more than 5,000 Soviets operating the largest intelligence gathering network outside the Soviet Union. The Cuban military had more than a billion dollars in new equipment including some 200 Mig fighter aircraft. Cuban agents were training and equipping communist cadres in Nicaragua and El Salvador. It was clear Cuba was moving to threaten all of South America and interdict the sea lanes of the Caribbean, which at the time saw more than half the oil used by the United States pass within a few miles of the island of Granada. The bottom line according to J.W. Middendorf, a former secretary of the Navy and ambassador to the Organization of American States was: “Our action stemmed the tide of Soviet incursions in the hemisphere. That, at least, was the assessment of a former Soviet general I met at a Heritage Foundation board meeting in Moscow in the early 1990s. The Soviets, he told me, thought they had found in the Caribbean the "soft underbelly" of the United States. But Ronald Reagan gave them a big surprise in Granada, and that, in the general's opinion, marked the turning point of the Cold War.” It is my belief that this action kept Fidel Castro from realizing his true lifelong ambition. That ambition was to rule a South American empire that the United States would have to at least pay attention to every time it wanted to act. Castro and his communist brethren greatly misjudged the “cowboy/actor” turned politician, who had the true heartbeat of America. It must aggravate Castro greatly that he will never have an opportunity for revenge upon the Gipper.
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