To What Extent Was the Cuban Missile Crisis the Product of American Paranoia?
Done By: Justine, Umi Amirah, Myraa (3DG/3DY)
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States, the USSR, and Cuba in October 1962, during the Cold War. The Cuban and Soviet governments placed nuclear missiles in Cuba. When her military intelligence discovered the weapons, America sought to do all it could to ensure the removal of the missiles. This incident became closest to a nuclear war.1 The incident has caused a lot of commotion and raised tensions between the three countries.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a product of a series of factors: American Paranoia, the Cuban want for freedom from America, and the USSR’s intentions. …show more content…
Cuba had long been under America’s tyrannical control: America forced the Platt Amendment into the Cuban Constitution, which greatly reduced Cuba’s power, and granted America consent to take any matters into her own hands if deemed necessary.6 As a result, this made Cuba become increasingly reliant on America for her domestic consumption.7 Cuba wanted to break free from America’s control, but knew that it was not possible on her own. As a result, she roped in