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The ironies of international relations often cast states in seemingly uncharacteristic roles. The regime of Fidel Castro was established in Cuba in 1959 after a prolonged revolutionary war of national liberation against the Batista regime and "Yankee neo-imperialism." Once secure in Cuba, the regime sent its militant messiah Che Guevara to ignite further wars of national liberation throughout Latin America. Despite Che's death in Bolivia in 1965, the Cuban regime continued to train guerrillas for a host of liberation movements and to export the doctrine of revolutionary military action.

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