The Cuban Missile Crisis Essay

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In 1962 nuclear war seemed inevitable to the world, it was the first time nuclear war was hanging on a thread. The Cuban Missile Crisis presented a threat to the world, in which the USSR planted nuclear missiles on Cuba. America’s response was to threaten launching nuclear missiles at the Russians. This incident launched the world into a new time, which presented nuclear weapons as a source of power. The incident of the Cuban Missile Crisis still connects with us today because the power nuclear weapons present, which provides incentives for countries to want them. Although nuclear technology was around prior to this incident, the power they represented didn’t fully develop till this time. Since the crisis five new countries have…show more content…
The reason this stance can and is sometimes taken is because the entire crisis began with nuclear weapons and nearly ended everything with them as well. America placed Jupiter Missiles with nuclear capabilities in Turkey and Italy, as part of NATO’s cold war deterrent against the soviets. This is what many people say started the tensions, we placed Nukes at their doorstep, thusly Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier feared the imbalance of power would prompt America to strike first. While this psychological fear of Khrushchevs is a piece to the puzzle, many other things factor into the eventual crisis. The economic dealings between the Soviets and Cuba, already gave Khrushchev a footing near America in which he could fix the imbalance of power. But the only reason the USSR and Cuba began dealing with each other is because America cut off 80% of its exports, creating economic tensions in Cuba. While those are 2 places people point the blame for the start of the crisis, a final nail in the coffin could also be blamed. The political ideology John F. Kennedy which feared the spreading of nuclear technology to new nations; he did claim that the U.S. lagged behind the Soviets in nuclear capabilities during his campaign. JFK knew as well as Khrushchev did that this was false, but the general thought could only procure more reason for Khrushchev to plant missiles near America. If America believed they lagged behind

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