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Letter: JFK tried to ease tensions with Castro

Cuba strongman Fidel Castro, who led a rebel

Cuba strongman Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century of power, died Nov. 25, 2016. He was 90. The photo is from July 26, 2006. Newsday's obituary for Fidel Castro
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The death of Fidel Castro brings to mind a little-known fact about John F. Kennedy and the Cuban dictator [“The Revolutionary,” News, Nov. 27].

In the weeks before JFK’s assassination, Kennedy aide William Attwood met with Castro unofficially to discuss the possibility of recognition between the two countries. Castro was evidently ready to deal with the United States diplomatically, even after many attempts by the CIA to kill him.

Castro was visibly shaken by the death our president in 1963, and the world had to wait 50-plus years before President Barack Obama could complete this task.

Let’s hope our new president doesn’t reverse the long-awaited sanity of peaceful U.S.-Cuba relations.

Sol Brodsky, Long Beach