I’m one of the Cuba cold war survivors you mention Danny, and I’m one who is particularly pleased to see that in your introductory paragraph you did not give Kennedy a special ‘attaboy’ for having got the better of Kruschov. The tendency at the time, in the western world anyway, was that JFK was the hero who had the courage to force the Soviet ships to turn around. Kennedy was praised for having shown the courage it took to turn these Soviet ships around. It was Kruschov who, in the language of the day, “blinked”.
My nerves, like those of the employees in the drawing office at Weirs of Cathcart, were jangling too. I, with two young children to worry about, was absolutely terrified and had racked my mind, to no avail, as to what we should do. When the Soviet ships turned I thanked God for what Kruschov had done, not what Kennedy had done. It was Kruschov who chickened and it was for that that I thanked God… America was quite prepared to initiate a nuclear war, the Soviet Union was not.
A timely and meaningful post Danny. Cheers, Dugald