On Saturday I was busy entertaining friends but yesterday I notice that Richard Gott published an article How Cuba won the missile crisis.
The real story of the Cuban Missile Crisis is that the USA threatened to destroy the world because the USSR was planning to install nuclear missiles at pretty much exactly the same distance from Washington as the US missiles in Turkey were from Moscow. It’s a tribute to the brainwashing power of the media in the West that this is still ignored today.
There was a time when Backtothepoint’s re-writing of history could be challenged, but such is the nature of moderation on Comment is Free that his objectionable views are upheld and protected, while more reasoned ones are deleted and their posters banned.
1. Khrushchev’s memoirs state that, in May 1962 he conceived the idea of placing intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba as a means of countering an emerging lead of the United States in developing and deploying strategic missiles.
2. Soviet diplomats lied that offensive missile installations were being built in Cuba.
3. After a stand-off during which the world stood at the edge of a nuclear war, the Soviet regime backed down, dismantled and removed the offensive missile installations they’d previously said did not exist.
I asked him, “At a certain point it seemed logical for you to recommend that the Soviets bomb the U.S. Does what you recommended still seem logical now?” He answered: “After I’ve seen what I’ve seen, and knowing what I know now, it wasn’t worth it all.”
Within a year, of the crisis, Kennedy and Khrushchev signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the first disarmament agreement of the nuclear age. Also in 1963, the first “hotline” between Washington and Moscow was installed. The world has not faced a more serious confrontation between two super-powers since.
And in the end it wasn’t US missiles that brought about the end of the Soviet regime, but it’s own people and those of the Eastern European states it had occupied and brutalised for over 40 years. These people who in a succession of brave and selfless acts which had started with the uprisings in Berlin in 1953 and Hungary in 1956, included the Prague Spring – part of the worldwide protests in 1968 and culminated in the fall of the Berlin Wall along with the other Stalinist regimes in 1989.
And yet Backtothepoint still hankers after the days when Stalinist bureaucracies ruled half of Europe.