Fidel Castro And The Cuban Missile Crisis

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What makes a good leader by ethical and moral standards? Fidel Castro has been a figure of great controversy, especially in America, throughout his life. Some believe Castro to be the savior of Cuba while others believe him to be its downfall. There a two sides to every argument and I hope this paper will help to bring both sides into account. Fidel Castro has influenced the history of the world and American foreign policy by doing things such as overthrowing the cruel dictator Fulgencio Batista, forming the first communist country in the western hemisphere, and playing a key role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Fidel was born August 13th, 1926 out of wedlock between Angel Castro, who was a wealthy sugar plantation owner, and Lina Ruz Gonzalez. …show more content…
The failed Bay of Pigs Invasion backed by the US government allowed Castro himself to become a dictator and turn his country fully Communistic. In February 1962, the United states enacted a full economic embargo on Cuba that is still in effect to this day. This in turn led to Castro allowing the Soviet Union to install missiles on the island that were well in range of Cuba, starting the Cuban Missile Crisis. This nearly escalated into what would have been World War 3 but thankfully the situation deescalated and the missiles were removed after talks between the United States and the Soviet …show more content…
During the North Korean Crisis of 2013 Castro urged the United States and North Korea to show restraint if the situation continued to escalate. He believed that war between the two would not bring about anything positive and could very well lead to a full scale nuclear war which would kill millions. Castro would go on to be awarded the Confucius Peace Prize from China for his efforts to peacefully resolve hostilities between Cuba and the United States. Since 2014, American and Cuba are going through what many have coined the “Cuban Thaw”. This term refers to the increasing peaceful relations between America and Cuba with hopes of restoring full relations. America removed Cuba from their list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in order to continue peaceful relations. Hope continues for all types of embargos to be lifted off of Cuba in the future to possibly become close nations and the chances of this happening are looking very likely. Castro is now enjoying retirement in his homeland of Cuba. Overall, he played a pivotal role in United States foreign policy throughout the Cold War. Some see Castro as a villain while others see him as the hero of Cuba. Regardless, Castro has been a very influential figure throughout recent

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