Finally, should Fidel Castro be cornered by his colossal enemy, the United States, perceiving himself to be in a position of strategic inferiority, he could utilize the military and its resources to resort to extreme measures. Castro tried to persuade the Soviets to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States during the Cuban missile crisis, and testimony by Rafael del Pino indicates that the Cubans considered bombing a U.S. nuclear power plant during the Grenada crisis. Such suicidal measures would be consistent with Cuba's tradition of martyrdom; given Castro's propensity for extremism, such a final military showdown should not be ruled out.
The author would like to express appreciation to the School of Social Sciences at San José State University for providing research grant support for this chapter.
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Publication information: Book title: The Political Role of the Military:An International Handbook. Contributors: Constantine P. Danopoulos - Editor, Cynthia Watson - Editor. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 84.
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