The Cuban Missile Crisis : The Cold War

1081 WordsApr 24, 20155 Pages
We’re eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked. ~ Secretary of State Dean Rusk (LaFeber, p. 422). This prominent line was uttered after the Poltava (Soviet ship conveying IRBM missiles to Cuba) turned away from its intended destination, which marked the end of the sinister Cuban Missile Crisis (“Bos”, pgh. 2). The Cold War was a perpetual state of political animosity entailing the employment of propaganda, ultimatums, and other nonviolent means, which existed between the two universal superpowers (the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [U.S.S.R.]) that had recently emerged at the closing of World War II. Albeit the Cold War is chronicled to have persisted from the late 1940’s to the…show more content…
After World War II, according to Margaret MacMillan’s article published by The Guardian, both counties prospered greatly: “the United States was both a military power and an economic one; the Soviet Union had only brute force and the intangible attraction of Marxist ideology to keep its own people down and manage its newly acquired empire in the heart of Europe” (“MacMillan”, pgh. 6). Furthermore, Cuba itself also underwent drastic domestic changes (that is, the Cuban Revolution [1953–1959]), which served to deteriorate its relations with America while, contemporaneously, strengthening its ties with the U.S.S.R. Consequently, Cuba’s revolutionary regime, latterly induced by its leaders Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, grew progressively reliant on its freshly created amity with the U.S.S.R., which both shared corresponding ideological perspectives (namely, Marxism–Leninism) (“Cuba”, pgh. 1; “Marxism”, pgh. 1; Zelinski, p. 34). The Cuban Missile Crisis was patently an inordinately tense moment in history; accordingly, there must be an entity that is to be accounted most guilty for nearly bringing the world to a pitiful and devastating end. The United States of America is to be held most liable and culpable, out of the three primal nations enmeshed in the predicament, for instigating the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. An examination of the aspects that America had nefariously
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