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JFK’s Assassination 50 Years Later, America’s 1963 Coup d'Etat
Steven Argue
Photo: John F. Kennedy Dec. 29, 1962 receiving the Cuban flag from U.S. sponsored mercenaries who carried out the failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Kennedy, received the flag saying, “I promise to return this flag in a free Havana.” Prior to the Cuban Revolution, the U.S. backed Batista Dictatorship murdered 20,000 people in seven years. With Kennedy’s backing, the Bay of Pigs invasion was an attempt to reestablish U.S. control of Cuba. The Cubans responded by militarily defeating the attempted U.S. mercenary invasion and other attempts to defend themselves, including the stationing of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. Kennedy responded to Cuba’s self-defense by bring the world to the brink of nuclear destruction in the so-called “Cuban Missile Crisis”. Despite Kennedy’s attempts to destroy the Cuban Revolution, the repressive U.S. backed capitalist dictatorship of Batista and U.S was crushed. Capitalist owned industries were seized from the parasitic capitalist class. Production for capitalist profit was eliminated and, instead, production went largely towards meeting human needs. Socialized medicine, literacy campaigns, and nutrition became priorities through the planned socialized economy. Important gains were made for women's liberation, black liberation, housing, and the environment. A good and meaningful sweeping land reform was also carried out. The U.S. government has never forgiven the Cuban Revolution for throwing the puppet dictatorship out, expropriating the capitalists, and taking care of her people.

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