This first appeared on April 17, 2009
An Anniversary of Heroism and Shame
By Humberto Fontova
"Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 48 years ago this week. "Cuba is our cause! God is on our side! On to victory!"
Fifteen hundred men crowded before San Roman at their Guatemalan training camps that day. The next day they'd embark for a port in Nicaragua, the following day for a landing site in Cuba named Bahia De Cochinos (Bay of Pigs).... The hour of liberation was nigh -- and these men (all volunteers) were putting their lives on the line to see their dream fulfilled... a Cuba free from the Soviet barbarism that tortured it, free from firing squads, torture chambers and the teeming Castroite Gulag….. "The liberal cannot strike wholeheartedly against the Communist,".... "for fear of wounding himself in the process." ....JFK was in white tails and a bow tie that evening, having just emerged from an elegant social gathering.... replied. "We can't get involved in this."….
These things went on for three days... spent ammo inevitably forced a retreat. Castro's jets... were roaming overhead at will and tens of thousands of his Soviet-lavished troops were closing in. The... planes now concentrated on strafing the helpless, ammo-less freedom-fighters men.
"Can't continue, " Lynch's radio crackled - it was San Roman again. "Have nothing left to fight with ...out of ammo...Russian tanks in view....destroying my equipment ...How can you people do this to us?" The radio went dead.