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Why Was The Crisis (in Cuba) Resolved Without War Breaking Out?

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Why Was The Crisis Resolved Without War Breaking Out? Once President Kennedy had spoken to his advisors on the issue of the missile crisis in Cuba, only two options were apparent: an all out air-strike on Cuba, which would sort out the problem within days or a political route, which could take weeks, by which time the missiles on Cuba would be operational, and with the prospect of more missiles on their way by ship, something needed to be done quickly. Eventually the idea of a blockade was decided upon, in an attempt to stop more ships from entering Cuba, and to show the world that they were serious about stopping the missile threat from Russia. ...read more.

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so at the UN summit, the US secretary of state showed pictures of the missile sites. This put the USSR into a problem, because they finally had to admit to what they were doing. Even though the facts were out in the open, the threat for a full invasion of Cuba, and a nuclear war still remained. Both sides were now looking for a peaceful solution to the problem without seeming to back down to international pressure. President Khrushchev of the USSR was the first to crack. He sent a letter to the Americans, stating that he would remove the missiles from Cuba as long as the Americans promised never to invade Cuba. ...read more.

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The Russians agreed and the Crisis was over. Even though neither side seemed to gain anything from the crisis, Khrushchev appeared to have backed down under pressure, while Kennedy was made to look like the winner. A hotline was set up between the American and Russian presidents as a result of the crisis so that they would be able to talk to one another immediately without delays as there were with letters. There was never another crisis as threatening as the Cuba crisis all the way up to the end of the cold war when the Communist government in Russia was overtaken by a democratic one in the late 1980's. ...read more.

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