July 30th, the anniversary of the death in 1957 of Frank País, Cuba's most sanguinary terrorist, is commemorated in Castro's demesne as "Revolutionary Martyrs Day." The focus of memorial activities this year is Frank País' successor, who also had the good grace to get himself killed before the triumph of the Revolution and so earned Castro's eternal gratitude and friendship. This is something that Castro never awards to the living and the only way to earn it is to die. If Castro never actually said it he has certainly made it a guiding principle of his life: The only good revolutionary is a dead revolutionary.
They may not be competent to do anything else but Communists certainly are good at hagiography. They unveiled today in Santiago yet another monument to one of their revolutionary "martyrs." This time the honoree was René Ramos Latour, called by Castro "a commander in both hills and plains," by which he means that Ramos Latour did not confine his terrorist activity to just the cities but even took sabbaticals in the mountains with Fidel. It was there, 50 years ago, that he became one of the less than 100 rebels who were killed in combat there during the Revolution. With so few casualties they might as well save time and money by erecting a whole complex of statues to their "martyrs." It would make a fine site for bowling with tractors some day.