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#1 Ghostsof1915

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:24 AM

From October 16-28th in 1962 the world came to the brink of nuclear war. Cuba and Russia started putting in medium range nuclear missiles within range of the US, right in it's own "backyard".

Fortunately for everyone, as close as they came, a deal was brokered in exchange for the US to not invade Cuba, and withdraw obsolete missiles from Turkey and Italy, the Soviets would dismantle and remove the missiles from Cuba.

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During the conference Robert McNamara stated that nuclear war had come much closer than people had thought. Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, said, "A guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world."

Fifty years after the crisis, Graham Allison wrote: Fifty years ago, the Cuban missile crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster. During the standoff, U.S. President John F. Kennedy thought the chance of escalation to war was "between 1 in 3 and even," and what we have learned in later decades has done nothing to lengthen those odds. We now know, for example, that in addition to nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, the Soviet Union had deployed 100 tactical nuclear weapons to Cuba, and the local Soviet commander there could have launched these weapons without additional codes or commands from Moscow. The U.S. air strike and invasion that were scheduled for the third week of the confrontation would likely have triggered a nuclear response against American ships and troops, and perhaps even Miami. The resulting war might have led to the deaths of 100 million Americans and over 100 million Russians.

I for one am glad that Canada has the wisdom not to develop nuclear weaponry. I hope this history lesson sinks in to countries that seem hell bent on developing nuclear weapons to at least question their motives.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:26 AM

in celebration i'll be hiding under my table for 10 min.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:45 AM

And here we are 50 years later, and everyday there is the chance that some crazy leader gets mad and lets the missiles fly.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:51 AM

That would have been a scary time to live in.
I agree with the OP, I'm happy Canada is a peacekeeping country, and we have neutral mutual relationships all around the world.
So proud to be Canadian.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 12:25 PM

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:49 PM

It's only gotten worse since then, and yet the fear is almost undetectable.

Yaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy, society!
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 01:56 PM

I for one am glad that Canada has the wisdom not to develop nuclear weaponry. I hope this history lesson sinks in to countries that seem hell bent on developing nuclear weapons to at least question their motives.


To be fair, Canada would probably send all our nuclear weaponry to China for a fortune cookie and some chopsticks.

That would have been a scary time to live in.
I agree with the OP, I'm happy Canada is a peacekeeping country, and we have neutral mutual relationships all around the world.
So proud to be Canadian.


About that...
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 02:48 PM

in celebration i'll be hiding under my table for 10 min.


GOLD!Anniversary? Is there going to be a nuke party or anything?
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 05:21 PM

Lucky that the X-Men were there to save the day.
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:01 PM

What do you give for that, plutonium?
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Posted 08 October 2012 - 08:40 PM

GOLD!Anniversary? Is there going to be a nuke party or anything?

The U.S. Should fire a couple in the middle-east for celebration :) :towel:

Edited by Standing_Tall#37, 08 October 2012 - 08:42 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:59 PM

The Cuban Missile Crisis was some pretty scary stuff. We almost went to World War III.

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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:35 PM

I for one am glad that Canada has the wisdom not to develop nuclear weaponry.

We contributed to the Manhattan Project, and American nuclear warheads were deployed in Canada during the Cold War. I also think we had some of our own at some point. We are the largest uranium producer in the world also. What are you going on about?

The development of nuclear weapons is one of the best thing to happen to the world in the 20th century. A cold war without nuclear weapons would not have been cold.
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