October 1962: When Fidel Castro told Khrushchev to launch a nuclear strike on the U.S.

As the world held its breath during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, Fidel Castro was demanding Khrushchev launch a preemptive nuclear attack on the U.S. While the Soviet Union is no longer in existence and many things have changed in the world since then, Cuba is still run by the same family dictatorship that sought the death of millions of Americans and to plunge the world into nuclear war. Remember that the next time someone says we should be friends with the Castro regime.

Via the Center for a FREE Cuba:

In October 1962, Fidel Castro sent a letter to Khrushchev requesting a nuclear first strike on the USA, and ordered artillery to fire on U.S. planes

The world is observing another anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the days in October 1962 when the Soviet Union placed offensive nuclear missiles into Cuba, the United States blockaded the island, and Moscow withdrew its missiles after eleven days. This crisis pushed the world dangerously close to nuclear war.

The Castro regime often complains about the United States placing a blockade on Cuba, but does not discuss the circumstances surrounding the decision.

President John F. Kennedy imposed a naval blockade on Cuba on October 22, 1962, after spy planes discovered Soviet nuclear missile sites on the Communist-ruled island. On November 20, 1962, the blockade was lifted, less than a month later following the end of the crisis.

It is also important to remember what role Fidel Castro played in the crisis.

October 26, 1962: Castro sends letter to Khrushchev requesting nuclear first strike on USA, and orders artillery to fire on American planes.

On October 26, 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 the dawn of “Black Saturday.”

On October 27, 2022, when tensions reached their highest point during the Cuban Missile Crisis, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down and the pilot, Major Rudolf Anderson Jr., was killed.

Black Saturday (October 27, 1963) was Castro’s Day

On October 27, 1963, Fidel Castro came dangerously close to igniting World War Three. On the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 14, 2012, the National Archives and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum hosted a forum titled “50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis,” during which scholar and former CIA analyst Brian Latell outlined Castro’s attempts to spark a conflict while Kennedy and Khrushchev sought to avoid war.

Despite the Castro brothers’ public statements to the contrary, the Castro regime and the Soviet Union had a secret alliance in 1960 to advance the goals of international communist in the Americas. Notwithstanding this close and conspiratorial relationship, Castro’s efforts to provoke World War 3 alarmed Khrushchev, and the timing of his concessions to the US may have been motivated by a fear that allowing the crisis to continue would provide Castro with additional opportunities to launch a global nuclear war. “Castro was willing to reduce Cuba to powder,” Latell explained.
“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.

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