Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years from the Brink of Armageddon

In October 1962, the world held its breath as the U.S. and the U.S.S.R locked horns over the deployment of Soviet missiles in the Communist Caribbean island nation.

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During a panic-filled October fifty years ago, the world teetered on the brink of annihilation. Reports that the U.S.S.R aimed to set up secret missile bases in Cuba—the Communist-run Caribbean nation that had just rebuffed the disastrous U.S.-hatched Bay of Pigs invasion in August—triggered a conflagration of global proportions. The drums of war sounded, with the U.S. contemplating risky military action. The Soviets, whose territory was surrounded by hundreds of American installations, eventually backed down, opting against deploying their weapons of mass destruction in Cuba. An American blockade of the island nation set in and has remained to this day.

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George1942
George1942

The ship pictured, the USS Dahlgren, DLG-12, was my ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I was there. The ship is not the Sullivans. Your coverage is otherwise excellent, as usual.

waltermccarthy
waltermccarthy

Global Secular Humanist MovementSaturday.50 years ago, at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasilli Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 refused to agree with his Captain's order to launch nuclear torpedos against US warships and setting off what might well have been a terminal superpower nuclear war.The US had been dropping depth charges near the submarine in an attempt to force it to surface, unaware it was carrying nuclear arms. The Soviet officers, who had lost radio contact with Moscow, concluded that World War 3 had begun, and 2 of the officers agreed to 'blast the warships out of the water'. Arkhipov refused to agree - unanimous consent of 3 officers was required - and thanks to him, we are here to talk about it.His story is finally being told - the BBC is airing a documentary on it.Raise a glass to Vasilli Arkhipov - the Man Who Saved the World.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasili_Arkhipov

ascott.saga
ascott.saga

Westerners fear the muslim world too much. Much the same way McCarthy pulled us into the anti-communist mindset so did 9/11 and George W. Bush pull us into an air for fear toward Islamic nations. Just because Iran has been a hostile nation since the exile of the Shah under Carter does not in it self mean Iran is a current threat like the Cuban Missile Crisis. We must give the nation a chance. I admit that I lack a fair ammount of knowledge on the subject, but i see no reason for this fear

Salil Ghoshal
Salil Ghoshal

Che gueawara and the cuban missile crisis .....

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no small scale war/struggle against the State , could find the hero in any of these men ,

Ask Putin today if he recognise any of these men .....

he would say to you ......he would pierce your ears from the left right down to the right with an ICE pick , and that is what you deserve ...

catholism and the engel/marx manifesto ...

real communist dont reveal their ID ....

a jew will be a jew will be a jew ..

Stalin had 60 million murderesd over a period of 3 years ...

the taliban is a Jewish conspiracy to renmain in the Himalayan region ..

jewish god and allah .

6 minutes 2 paradies ....

the bottom line today ..

PAY , PAY PAY ....

everything else is HOT air

is the sunni awake now .....wahabi joke ....

bantu language with a swahali twist ...

bull fighter os new SPAIN be aware