Who started the Cuban Missile Crisis? by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
In my opinion, there are many factors weighing into this equation. Note that what follows is definitely not a comprehensive list, but incidents that come to mind after years of study, argument and debate.
- Fidel Castro’s early favorable relationship with the United States and Vice-President Richard Nixon’s distrust of the Cuban Premier;
- The enmity between the Soviet Union and the U.S.;
- Castro’s subsequent wooing by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev;
- The commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba;
- Mutual perceptions of hostile intent between military-political alliances or blocs of both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.;
- The confrontations and proxy wars involving the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. —the Berlin Blockade, the Berlin Wall, war in Indochina, conflicts in malaysia and Paraguay, etc.;
- The failed U.S.-sponsored Bay of Pigs invasion;
- The perceived missile gap between the two superpowers, necessitating the nuclear arms race;
- Attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro;
- Attempts to sabotage the Cuban economy;
- Missile in Cuba gave the Soviets a better bargaining position vis-a-vis the U.S.;
- Defending Cuba from an imminent invasion by the U.S.
For further insight I suggest you do your own research. You may well alter or dismiss entirely what I’ve suggested here.