From our Bureau of Terrorist-Sponsoring Dictatorships That Love to Pretend They Are Peaceful Humanitarian Neighbors and Innocent Suffering Victims of Bullying by Imperialist Enemies
On this day in 1962 Fidel Castro sent a letter to Nikita Khrushchev asking the Soviet leader to launch a nuclear first strike on the United States. The Cuban dictator also ordered all of his artillery to begin firing on American reconnaissance aircraft at dawn of “Black Saturday.” On October 27, 2022 when tensions reached their highest point during the Cuban Missile Crisis and an American U-2 spy plane was shot down and the pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson Jr., killed.
Fidel Castro’s efforts to provoke WW3 unnerved Khrushchev, and the timing of his concessions to the United States, may have been a result of the fear that allowing the crisis to continue would give Castro further opportunities to launch a global nuclear war. Castro was willing to reduce Cuba to powder,” explained former CIA analyst Brian Latell.
Ten years ago, Latell observed on the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis that “Nikita Khrushchev believed, I think until his death, that Fidel Castro had personally ordered the shoot-down by a Soviet ground-to-air missile site, Khrushchev believed that Castro had actually somehow been responsible for it himself.”
“Castro’s letter calling for a first strike against the U.S. concerned the Soviet premier and spurred [Khrushchev] to try to resolve the standoff,” said Michelle Paranzino, an assistant professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College.