You many not be familiar with the name Vasili Arkhipov, but maybe you should be. He's the Soviet Navy man who stopped nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis in the '60s. Arkhipov, AKA the man who avoided nuclear war, somehow persuaded fellow officers not to fire at the United States during an extremely tense time. According to Thomas Blanton, former director of the National Security Archive, Arkhipov "saved the world."
During the Cold War, in October 1962, the United States learned that the Soviet Union had secretly placed missiles in Cuba. At the time, President John F. Kennedy was still reeling after failing to overthrow Fidel Castro during the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, so learning that Cuba and the Soviet Union joined forces to construct ballistic missile facilities in Cuba was not good news. After 13 days of intense negotiations, President Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev came to an agreement and averted a nuclear war. Khrushchev removed the missiles from Cuba and the United States did not attack the island. One year later, the United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union partially banned the testing of nuclear weapons.
However, in 2017, threats made by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to fire missiles at Guam, a US territory, resurfaced tensions like those that ran rampant during the Cold War. President Donald Trump said there would be "fire and fury" if North Korea made any indication it would launch a missile at the Western Pacific island, and Defense Secretary James Mattis added that if North Korea escalated the situation it would be "game on." All one can hope is that there are still a few Arkhipovs around to handle situations like these.
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