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October 22, 2009
Is the U.S.-Iranian nuclear confrontation getting to be “the Cuban missile crisis in slow motion?”
That’s what Graham Allison, a Harvard professor, who is one of America’s leading security strategists, has said.
With the United States and its allies catching Iran cheating, again, on International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, world leaders described a dangerous ladder of escalation ahead.
Obama said Iran will be “held accountable” for its actions.
Rewind to 1962.
The Soviet Union was behind the U.S. in the arms race. Its missiles were only powerful enough to be launched against Europe, but our missiles were powerful enough to wipe out any city in Russia.
Meanwhile, ever since the failed Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961, Fidel Castro was looking for a way to defend his island against another attack.
On October 15, 1962 the U.S. reconnaissance found conclusive evidence that a Soviet missile base was under construction near San Cristóbal, Cuba, just 90 miles from the coast of Florida.
Kennedy’s address, 47 years ago today, before a tense nationwide audience, began like this:
“…within the past week, unmistakable evidence has established the fact that a series of offensive missile sites is now in preparation on that imprisoned island. The purpose of these bases can be none other than to provide a nuclear strike capability against the Western Hemisphere.”
In essence, Kennedy warned that any attack by Cuba was an attack by Russia, and Russia would be held accountable.
This speech also included this:
“To halt this offensive buildup, a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba is being initiated.“
DEFCON was raised to DEFCON 2. Dr. Strangelove was just around the corner.
“Nuclear catastrophe was hanging by a thread…and we weren’t counting days or hours, or minutes,” said Soviet General, Anatoly Gribkov.
It was a high stakes poker game; the closest the world has ever come to a nuclear war.
Fortunately, it worked since we’re still here.
It worked because John F. Kennedy, and even, Nikita Khrushchev were reasonable people.
Now we come to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who called for Israel to be "wiped off the map."
Today, Americans strongly oppose a nuclear Iran but split on whether the U.S. itself should take military action.
According to the latest poll.
Although no concrete evidence exists that Iran has nuclear weapons. Some think it's as farfetched as Iraq having WMDs.
But Israeli and American intelligence agree Iran is "moving forward in developing a nuclear-weapons capability."
And it may be possible they have some capabilities now.
Do we wait?
Or do we up the ante?
JFK on the Cuban Missile Crisis historyplace.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
INVASION at Bay of Pigs historyofcuba.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
An Overview of the Crisis thinkquest.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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