To What Extent Was the Cuban Missile Crisis the Product of American Paranoia?

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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.
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Furthermore, Khrushchev saw the possibility of using the nuclear missiles as bargaining chips: If he had missiles in Cuba, he could agree to remove them in return for some American concessions;4 in other words, Khrushchev was making an attempt at Brinkmanship. Another of would be killing two birds with one stone: She would be able to gain Cuba’s trust and support, and call upon it for one of the USSR’s motives was to truly, genuinely help defend Cuba. After all, by doing so the USSR would gain Cuba’s trust. At the same time, this would ensure that Communism stayed strong in Cuba; to lose her would do great harm to the Communist cause.5 From this, we can see that the USSR was only able to take advantage of the situation due to America’s paranoia; if America had not driven Cuba to ask the USSR for help, USSR would not have had the opportunity to intervene. As such, if USSR had not interfered, the conflict between America and Cuba would not have developed into a missile crisis.

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

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