June 4, 2008

THEWORLD BEGGED FOR CHAOS BUT JFK GAVE THEM "STABILITY":

New views of the Cuban missile crisis: Chaos may have been closer than we think. (Carlo Wolff, June 2, 2008, CS Monitor)

Kennedy and Khrushchev “had the power to blow up the world, but they were both horrified by the thought of nuclear Armaggedon,” he writes. “They were rational, intelligent, decent men separated by an ocean of misunderstanding, fear, and ideological suspicion.”

Later, he adds, “JFK’s great virtue, and the essential difference between him and George W. Bush, was that he had an instinctive appreciation for the chaotic forces of history.”

Chaos may never have come so close to being unleashed as it did in October 1962. Dobbs’s extraordinary book reminds us that keeping powerful forces under control is particularly hard in the nuclear age. And, as always, essential.


To the contrary, there's nothing easier than acquiescing to the oppressive forces that conspire to keep people unfree. That's what the dictators want themselves and there's always an isolationist constituency in the West that doesn't give a rat's patootie how other peoples are treated--the Obama candidacy rests on the assumption that they are a majority. It is embracing chaos (temporarily) that is hard and fighting to grant people abroad the same God-given rights that we enjoy.

What makes the Cuban Missile Crisis an especially shameful episode in our history is not just that the USSR lacked the capacity that Mr. Wolff here claims for it, but that JFK -- a callow, inexperienced Senator who the Left thought was the Messiah -- sold the Cuban people down the river. Fortunately, no matter how this election turns out, because W understood the stakes better than Ike, no one will be able to issue a similar sentence on the Shi'a and Kurds of Iraq.

MORE:
Flight to Freedom: Looking back on Cuba's Long Night (Dn. Gustavo Alfonso, Orthodoxy Today)

The dark, bitter and long night through which Cuba endures has witnessed the imprisonment and execution of thousands of dissenters, religious persecution, and ultimately a cruel internal “blockade” inherent to Communism which has thwarted the creative power of a resourceful people and which is the true cause of the impoverishment of a once thriving country. [...]

Now, almost twenty percent of the Cuban population of this planet lives outside the island. And my family’s generational continuity was not meant to be — my children were the first in my lineage to be born outside Cuba since the nineteenth century.

I have been blessed to live breathing American freedom all of my life, in a society skeptical of false messiahs and which repudiates tyranny. Consequently, what has always confounded me is the complacency with which so many in the world have accepted the propaganda of the Cuban revolution. How can people continue to lionize Castro, Che and company, and glamorize a cruel regime that has held an iron grip on power for forty-nine years? The dark, bitter and long night through which Cuba endures has witnessed the imprisonment and execution of thousands of dissenters, religious persecution, and ultimately a cruel internal “blockade” inherent to Communism which has thwarted the creative power of a resourceful people and which is the true cause of the impoverishment of a once thriving country.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 4, 2008 12:01 PM
Comments

If Kennedy had followed up the reports of Soviet troops and materials from the fall of '61 on; he wouldn't have had to worry about the missiles,
the next fall.

Posted by: narciso at June 4, 2008 4:09 PM

If he'd just listened to Ike he wouldn't have had to worry about the USSR at all.

Posted by: oj at June 4, 2008 6:38 PM
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