Sunday, October 22, 2006

Cuban Crisis

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October 22nd, 2006

in 1962, in a televised newscast to the nation, President John F. Kennedy announces that American spy planes have discovered Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba. The inexperienced young chief executive has decided to take the advice of his more hawkish advisers and launch full-scale assault on the island. “We have naval forces approaching the island now,” he says to America and the world, “and soon, God willing, we will have victory over the forces of communism.” The Soviet Union immediately sends its own navy to protect the Cubans, and a few days into the battle, a nuclear explosion destroys Havana. It is unclear which side used the bomb, but both sides used the explosion as a reality check – they began negotiating a withdrawal of all foreign hostiles from Cuba, as well as instigating a reduction in each nation's nuclear arsenal. Soviet leader Khrushchev tells the world, “The tragedy of Havana cannot be allowed to happen worldwide. Therefore, with the agreement of the United States, nuclear weapons will be eliminated from our world by the end of the decade.” Although it is rumored that both sides kept a few back just in case, and they certainly have the capacity to create more quickly, nuclear brinkmanship essentially ended in the ashes of Havana.

in 1972, Air Force Sergeant Leonard Matlovich is killed when his barracks in Saigon is bombed. Many rumors had circulated about the sergeant after he had spoken with a few reporters from Time magazine, including that he was a spy, but when his name appeared three years later in an article on homosexuals in the military, the men who had known him in the Air Force wrote the magazine in protest. Since Sergeant Matlovich was unable to speak for himself, they said, he should not be included in the article. Time retracted its story on Matlovich, in spite of the direct testimony of someone who claimed to have been the sergeant's lover. This retraction weakened what had been a growing movement to lift the ban on homosexuality in the armed forces, and set back the homosexual rights movement back a few years, as well.

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