Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Anti-American Art: Nice Try, CIA
This Cuban poster is from a 1970s anniversary celebration of the Cuban victory at Playa Giron, what the United States media calls the Bay of Pigs Invasion, where Cuban exiles recruited, funded and armed by JFK attempting a military invasion of newly liberated Cuba in 1961 were soundly thrashed. The poster makes clear what everybody really knew, that Giron was not a defeat of random anti-Castro forces, but a defeat of the US attempt to spike the Cuban revolution. Afterwards Che Guevara sent a note to President Kennedy: "Thanks for Playa Girón. Before the invasion, the revolution was weak. Now it's stronger than ever."