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To explain why Kennedy decided to blockade Cuba

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Anthony O'Donoghue 11S Question 2 Use these sources and your own knowledge, To explain why Kennedy decided to blockade Cuba President Kennedy decided to blockade Cuba for many reasons. One of the most influencing reasons was the Cold War, which started in 1945, and the resultant tension of it. The blockade of Cuba was made to be such an issue because of the Cold War and the effects it had on Russia and the USA's relations. Tension also got worse between USA and Russia because of an USAF spy plane came down in Russia in May 1960. ...read more.


From source B I notice that nearly all of the USA was in range of the missiles that could be fired from Cuba. Both the "long range" and "short range" missiles were capable of destroying major American cities that included large industrial based cities, such as Dallas and Chicago. Effectively the economy and government of the USA were at threat from Cuba, along with the huge population. The Source shows that five Soviet missile sites are already established in the west of Cuba with more approaching soviet ships from the east; Kennedy obviously wants to stop this from happening. ...read more.


Sources B and C also show that extreme threat to the USA was being displayed. With the missiles in range of most of the USA and evidence of these being directed at American Sites Kennedy had to do something. Unfortunately there were not many options and the strongest considerations were an air strike or a blockade of Cuba. The danger and implications of using atomic weapons in an air strike was a major problem. Whilst a blockade takes longer, it is much safer, more dignified and still give an opportunity of relationship between Russia and the USA, after tension due to the Cold War and the shooting down of the spy plane over Russia. ...read more.

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