Wednesday, March 23, 2016
FOR more than half a century Fidel Castro ordered Cubans to be prepared to resist an American invasion. When it finally came this week it took the peaceful and friendly form of President Barack Obama, his wife and daughters, nearly 40 members of Congress and some top business leaders. Even so, many residents of Havana, Cuba’s capital, had to pinch themselves when they saw Air Force One fly over the city on March 20th and the “Beast”, as Mr Obama’s armoured limousine is dubbed, ply the streets. Cubans turned out spontaneously to greet him.