The Cuban Missile Crisis During The Cold War Essay

717 Words Nov 20th, 2015 3 Pages
The Cuban missile crisis was one of the tensest points of the cold war. This 13-day standoff between The United States and the Soviet Union was the closest that the world has ever been to an all-out nuclear war. This portion of the Cold War was an example of intimidation between two nations. What will be explained here is the causes and effects that the Cuban Missile Crisis had on the people of each union, as well as to summarize the events that occurred during this standoff.

The Cuban Missile Crisis, or otherwise known as the October Crisis, was a 13-day standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union. This standoff took place from October 16, 1962 to October 28, 1962 during the height of the cold war. John F. Kennedy or JFK, had placed nuclear weapons in Turkey, a republic in a strategic location in relation to the Soviet Union in case the States should ever need to attack the Soviet Union. In response to this, Nikita Khrushchev deployed nuclear weapons in Cuba for the same reason. After the states discovered the missiles in Cuba, JFK debated on whether or not to attack Cuba in order to remove the nuclear weapons. However, it was decided that this would not be the best choice because as a result, the Soviets may attack the United States. The effects of an all-out nuclear war would be devastating to the entire world, and both parties were aware of this fact. Robert F. Kennedy recognizes this in his book, “Now that the Cold War has disappeared into history, we…

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