During the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis took place. It was when two superpowers were close to causing a nuclear war. Its main origin was when the United States invaded Cuba, on April 10, 1961; which is also known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. After the invasion, previous Prime Minister; Fidel Castro of Cuba, was ‘paranoid’ because he felt like America was planning another attack. So in order to protect his nation, he sought military and economic help from the Soviet Union. Late president Nikita Khrushchev (from USSR), agreed to assist Castro and took immediate action. He installed missiles in Cuba, which the US thought was a threat to the security of their nation. In summary, I think that this was a defensive move by the Cubans. I most definitely agree with …show more content…
Another reason why America was aggressive is because for example, when there was a meeting on what action the US should take against Cuba and USSR, three out of the four proposals were ones that could probably cause another war. One of the proposals was to destroy the Soviet missiles in Cuba by an airstrike, which is a very intense act. Furthermore, another reason why I agree with Cuba’s point of view, is because America was unfair with its ‘regulations’ with Cuba. Castro was not allowed to keep Soviet missiles in his land, because Kennedy stated that it was a threat to the security of the US. While on the other hand, the US had all the nuclear power to fire at Cuba at any time without any conditions. I do not think that is fair because America abused it’s power on other countries that did not have as much capability. Also, the US used the Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as a military base. Which I find ironic because, President Kennedy threatens Cuba by stating that the US is using their territory (Cuba’s territory) to fight Cuba. I find it quite interesting how America
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Khrushchev’s time in power is especially known for being the period where the maximum level of tension was exerted between the two superpowers. Indeed, the two times world war III was the closest were the standoff at checkpoint Charlie in 1961 and the Cuban missile crisis in 1952, which were conducted during his service as head of the USSR. During the Checkpoint Charlie standoff, several American and Soviet tanks stood 75m away on each side of the border, aiming at each other, for 16 hours, until they, one by one, left the zone. Such tension was repeated during the Cuban Missile crisis, which was due to the implantation of Soviet medium-length ballistic nuclear-warhead missiles in Cuba, within Striking range of the US. They led to the instauration of the Moscow – Washington hotline, often called “red telephone”, which was intended to be used as fast and reliable means for the two powers to share crucial information or to negotiate in the case of an emergency, to manage to avoid the accidental start of a nuclear war.
From the Cuban perspective most of the hostility towards America came as a result of knowledge that they exploit people and lands in order to enhance their own wealth. Cuba did not see themselves as needing help from people like the United
The Cuban Missile Address is delivered October 22nd, 1962 in the Presidential office through a major radio and television address (Podell, Anzovin, and States United 705). Historically, it is worth mentioning that United States had attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro, who was at the time Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba, in at least two occasions known as the Bay of Pigs Operation and Operation Mongoose, because of his communist regime and close relationship with the Soviet Union (Pious). Then, after the Bay of Pigs incident, Fidel Castro urged Nikita Khrushchev, the Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, to send support and weapons to Cuba, because of the fear of another attack to his person/regime, Nikita did by sending missiles capable of carrying weapons of mass destruction, hence, this major crisis that lasted 14 days ending October 28, 1962 (Deinema and Leydesdorff). In addition, the target audience for this speech is the American people as President starts his speech with the phrase, “Good evening, my fellow citizens” (Kennedy); however, the secondary audience would be the Cuban people, whom he describes as captive people, the Soviet Union leaders, whom he directly addresses and even quotes, and Fidel Castro of course (Kennedy). As noted above, the cultural, socio-political context is important to understand the seriousness of this crisis and
Through examination of current and past textbooks, and comparing how they describe what caused America’s involvement in Cuba, one can be seen how America has slowly come to terms with its imperialistic past. Shortly following the Spanish American War, Americans chose to overlook the mistakes their country had made during the war. They insistently held on to their belief that America was the heroic force of the war, freeing defenseless Cubans from the oppressive rule of Spain.
Introduction: Cuba from 1959 was a Dictatorship under the control of Fidel Castro. Castro’s Cuba was a communist Cuba, he nationalised all the companies that America owned and made them Cuban, as well as finding friendship in the Soviet Union, leading to the Americans to enforce a trade embargo with hopes of it forcing Cuba into becoming a democracy and not a communist state which many believed to be the reason behind the Cuban Missile Crisis between America, Cuba and the Soviet Union in 1962. Fidel Castro’s rule started off in 1959 by benefitting the people; in the first years he increased the literacy rate to a state where illiteracy was virtually eradicated, he abolished legal discrimination, provided full employment, electricity to the
People like Castro are jerks and are very forceful, bad leaders. Castro canceled elections, forced non-communists to resign from the government in disgrace, worked secret arms deals with the Soviets, carried out mass executions live on the TV’s, shut down the free press, attacked the church and confiscated its property, tortured critics, criminalized private commercial transactions and blanketed all of Cuba with the enduring terror of his dictatorship. A bad leader is a big push factor that made Mario Loyola and his family leave Cuba and go to the
Communism then took root in Cuba with Fidel Castro as the Prime Minister or dictator. In 1960 Fidel Castro nationalized U.S. companies in Cuba. At this time Cuba also became friends and traded with the Soviet Union, and at one point allowed the Soviet Union to put a missile base in Cuba. This was a big threat to the United States since Cuba was only 90 miles by sea from the U.S. The United States at that time also had a bad relationship with the Soviet Union since this was during the time of the Cold War.
Some citizens sided with Roosevelt for the United States involvement like New York publisher William Hearst. He thought that Cuban independences movement
The Cuban Missile Crisis was the result of a military stalemate between the United States and the Soviet Union. The span of 13 days in 1962 can be classified as one of the scariest time periods in American history, World War III was on the line (Samuels, Charlie 31). Both America and the Soviet Union had many nuclear bombs aimed at each other. Although John F. Kennedy made the right decision in making a treaty, it could have of turned out disastrous because of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the United States’ naval quarantine, or if the United States or the Soviet Union did not feel the need to remove their missiles from there allie countries. In 1961 Fidel Castro was the Prime Minister of Cuba (Depalma, Anthony).
Cuba is a nation that has been conquered by many people over the years and because of decolonization it is hard for the Cuban people to get rid of the rulers who wanted to influence their history. Fidel Castro gave the Cuban people independence. He was a forceful and cunning dictator who controlled the country and negatively effected the economy. The United States did not support the arrogant dictator’s establishment of communism which led to an economic downfall. Due to Castro 's insistence on practicing communism, the Cuban economy suffered as the government nationalized businesses while the United States implemented a trade embargo which resulted in homelessness and unemployment.
Our views are not calculated or ‘preferred-choices’, we just follow what is expected from us in our social setting and usually we do so without thinking. Our day to day life is a sum up of involuntary actions where the society structures our daily schedule and we heartedly keep following it without extensive thinking. Assumption: While Cuba and Canada share a similar balance of military power and are located alongside the United States, Cuba is regarded as a foe and Canada a close ally by America, evidently not simply on the basis of material distribution of capabilities but as a consequence of ideational structure of friendship and enmity which attach greatly different meaning to Cuban and Canadian military power for the United
The Bay of Pigs was an invasion to Cuba by the United States to try and establish a non-communist government. Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba and he wasn’t liked by the United States. President Dwight Eisenhower was the original starter of the whole plan and was carried out later by John F. Kennedy. The United States had no idea that Cuba had found out about this mission over a radio broadcast and were not prepared for such a counter. They tried their hardest to set up a successful plan, but sadly it didn’t end that way; many were captured and some killed.