Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis? / 2008

Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Back in the olden dayz (early 60’s) the Soviet Union decided to casually place a few nuclear missiles on the Island of Cuba. Our spy planes brought back photos showing rockets on ships bound for Havana, the home of excellent cigars I might add. President John F. Kennedy got pretty pissed and made no bones about it to. It was a weird time since there was no way the US would allow some other nation to place nukes 90 miles from American shores, especially the Soviet Union, holay.

Kennedy responded with this public speech,

“It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union”

The daily conversation would always include the blockade, radiation, bomb shelters or something of that order. a\I remember a cool movie called “Panic in the Year Zero” (62’ Ray Milland, dir/act) It offered a grim view of human condition during a time of crisis. In this case it was a thermal nuclear strike on Los Angeles that sent survivors running for their lives. It showed the societal breakdown as fear turned into lawlessness. The movie addressed rape, murder, and theft in its stark reality. I was just a little guy and this movie was all I needed. After the movie the adults were all glazed over with fear when they came out. Gads, and here I was a poop butt kid looking at all the scared grown ups. I still ate my share of the popcorn though.

Bomb shelters were popping up all over the place. I wonder if all the food they stored is still good? Chances are the old community does not exist anymore anyway. Those Civil Defense guys would be buzzing around the city looking, just looking. With sirens blaring our teacher would suddenly say DROP! Books, papers and pencils would fly all over the class room as we dived to the floor under our tables. At first it scared the silly right out of me. Kids were crying when we first started having drills. Outside drills seemed so futile to me since we would be in an open field. We would not even have a desk to save us but we dropped anyway. The teacher always told us it was best to look away from the blast and it was easier to pull glass out of our fannies. Guess it was better then telling us we would be vaporized before our eyes could focus on the flash. I put paper in my back pockets, just in case. Nuclear war was a very real consequence if the U.S.S.R. did not remove their missiles. Eventually the Soviet Union backed off averting nuclear war and the cold war continued. How dare they place nuclear missiles so close to American soil in the first place. It was an issue worth going to war over. Only now do we realize exactly how close we were to WWIII.

Don’t think anyone would be stupid enough to do that again.

Your Devil’s Advocate

Creativity is the byproduct of a fertile mind


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