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  • Castro Letter to Khrushchev

    Below is a link to a letter Castro wrote to Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

    From the link below of Castro's letter.

    "There are two possible variants: the first and most probable one is an air attack against certain objectives with the limited aim of destroying them; the second, and though less probable, still possible, is a full invasion. This would require a large force and is the most repugnant form of aggression, which might restrain them."


    and

    "I would like to briefly express my own personal opinion.

    If the second variant takes place and the imperialists invade Cuba with the aim of occupying it, the dangers of their aggressive policy are so great that after such an invasion the Soviet Union must never allow circumstances in which the imperialists could carry out a nuclear first strike against it."





    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe...es/jfk-attack/

    Also from "Khrushchev Remembers: The Glasnost Tapes (Vol 3)" it appears that Khrushchev talks about Castro wanting the Soviets to use nuclear weapons against the Americans.

    http://books.google.com/books/about/...d=xbPiQwAACAAJ

  • #2
    Castro and Guevera were extremely keen for the Soviets to use their nuclear weapons during the crisis. When Kruschev pulled out, Castro was apoplectic calling of betrayal etc. Mind you some of the chiefs thought the conclusion to the crisis was the biggest defeat in US history so both sides were having some scary ideas. Fortunately the two at the top and with some luck eventually thought otherwise...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by copenhagen View Post
      Castro and Guevera were extremely keen for the Soviets to use their nuclear weapons during the crisis. When Kruschev pulled out, Castro was apoplectic calling of betrayal etc
      From the link below in regards to Che and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

      "After pressing his Soviet allies on the danger that the United States might find out what was happening, Guevara obtained assurances that the Soviet navy would intervene—in other words, that Moscow was ready to go to war.

      According to Philippe Gavi’s biography of Guevara, the revolutionary had bragged that “this country is willing to risk everything in an atomic war of unimaginable destructiveness to defend a principle.” Just after the Cuban missile crisis ended—with Khrushchev reneging on the promise made in Yalta and negotiating a deal with the United States behind Castro’s back that included the removal of American missiles from Turkey—Guevara told a British communist daily: “If the rockets had remained, we would have used them all and directed them against the very heart of the United States, including New York, in our defense against aggression.”

      and
      " Guevara distanced himself from the Soviet Union in the last years of his life. He did so for the wrong reasons, blaming Moscow for being too soft ideologically and diplomatically, for making too many concessions—unlike Maoist China, which he came to see as a haven of orthodoxy.


      http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1535

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sgt. Rock View Post
        From the link below in regards to Che and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

        "After pressing his Soviet allies on the danger that the United States might find out what was happening, Guevara obtained assurances that the Soviet navy would intervene—in other words, that Moscow was ready to go to war.

        According to Philippe Gavi’s biography of Guevara, the revolutionary had bragged that “this country is willing to risk everything in an atomic war of unimaginable destructiveness to defend a principle.” Just after the Cuban missile crisis ended—with Khrushchev reneging on the promise made in Yalta and negotiating a deal with the United States behind Castro’s back that included the removal of American missiles from Turkey—Guevara told a British communist daily: “If the rockets had remained, we would have used them all and directed them against the very heart of the United States, including New York, in our defense against aggression.”

        and
        " Guevara distanced himself from the Soviet Union in the last years of his life. He did so for the wrong reasons, blaming Moscow for being too soft ideologically and diplomatically, for making too many concessions—unlike Maoist China, which he came to see as a haven of orthodoxy.


        http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1535
        Yes I've read that quote too. Such a nice man!

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