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> The Cuban Crisis, Nearly caused World War 3
post 7th Nov 2014, 06:01pm
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post 8th Nov 2014, 12:06am
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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
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post 8th Nov 2014, 05:48am
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post 21st Nov 2014, 10:37am
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I have just watched a documentary on the "Man who saved the world". It was an American show documenting the Soviet submarine fleet anchored off the American coast during the Cuban Crisis. The fleet commanders submarine was about to be forced to the surface by American action when the captain with no orders forthcoming from Moscow decided to launch a nuclear device at the American fleet. The "political commissar" agreed with him. The launch sequence was initiated, the double key was inserted in the release lock and as the launch button was being pressed the fleet commander, who was also on the ship stopped them pressing the trigger.
3 second away from nuclear disaster and the action of one man whose dedication to humanity over rode the mad men of Moscow. He was treated with disdain and ignominy on his return to Russia. That alone is indicative of Soviet Socialist mentality devoid and forever divorced from humanity.

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