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March 26 1999 Aaron Cowden Communism vs Democracy The United States of America is a country that believes in democracy and has unfavorable ties with communist countries The United States has tried for decades to improve relations with the countries that dont practice democracy History shows disagreements between the United States and dictators of these irreverent countries disagreements that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war The most recent of these confrontations involved three countries United States of America Cuba and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic USSR Fidel Castro is a Cuban revolutionary who took control of Cuba in 1959 and established a Communist dictatorship Castro who was born in Mayari became the leader of an underground anti-government faction In 1956 he led a rebellion that won increasing popular support Eventually Castro forced Batista y Zaldivar who was the premier of Cuba to flee the country Once in power Castro executed and imprisoned thousands of political opponents nationalized industry collectivized agriculture and established a one-party socialist state In the early 1960s Castro openly embraced Communism and formed close ties with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic USSR relying on Soviet economic and military aid approving limited economic reforms that legalized some free enterprise In Cuba an estimated 1 billion in US-owned properties were seized in 1960 The Castro government seized oil refineries sugar mills and electric utilities owned by the United States When the Castro government expropriated in 1960 the US government responded by imposing a trade embargo A complete break in diplomatic relations occurred in 1961 On April 17 of that year anti-Castro exiles supported and trained by the United States government landed an invasion force in the Bay of Pigs in southern Cuba Ninety of the invaders were killed and some 1200 were captured President Castro announced May 17 that Cuba would exchange prisoners taken at the Bay of Pigs for
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