Essay On The Cuban Missile Crisis

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Picture this - you wake up and you’re going about your day like you normally would, when all of a sudden the earth begins to quiver and a horrendously loud noise rings through your ears. You soon find out that a nuclear war has broken out. The war has just begun and your everyday life will soon feel like a war itself. That is what it would be like if the close calls that have taken place were actually a war breaking out. After the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, there have been several close calls that brought us to the brink of nuclear war. One of the most important close calls was the Cuban Missile Crisis which occurred just 17 years after the bombing of Japan. It took place from October 16 to approximately October 28, 1962.…show more content…
(Andrews) It all began on October 27, 1962 when the USS Beale detected the B-59 Soviet submarine near the blockade around Cuba. The U.S. vessels dropped depth charges, which are very low electrically charged shocks, in an attempt to bring the submarine to the surface so they could confidently identify it. The B-59 sub mistook those charges for live explosives intending to take out the submarine. Because of this, the Soviets thought that the U.S. was attacking them so the Soviets began to prepare for war and got the torpedoes ready to attack. The B-59 began to surface and then was informed that the war was not beginning and that the “live explosives” were actually just depth…show more content…
The Cuban Missile Crisis, the B-59 Submarine Incident, the Norwegian Rocket Incident, and the many others that occurred all caused major conflicts that were very close to causing a nuclear war to begin. Many of these were accidents caused by human error. The possibility of war lays in the actions of every military man and woman in our country and, especially, the ones based in other countries. Is this really the kind of world we want to live in? One where a nuclear war can occur at any time from even the smallest
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