Cuban Missile Crisis Persuasive Essay

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Hamlet once said, “To be or not to be, that is the question.” Was he talking about the Cuban Missile Crisis or the Noble Peace Prize? No, but he was presenting an either or question and that is what I have been given an either or question. Here is my question, should or should not President John F. Kennedy be awarded a peace prize for his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis. I’m leaning toward should not. After all President Kennedy did ignite the situation. Also, wasn’t he just doing his job and isn’t the award given to the person who has done the most for the abolishment of war? So let’s examine the facts. First, the Cuban Missile crisis was ignited by the decision of President Kennedy to locate missiles in Turkey, only 90 miles from Russia’s border in 1961. These…show more content…
His responsibility was to ensure the security of the United States of America. It was clear that allowing the USSR to establish a first strike capability in a short period of time would only lead to them taking advantage of the situation and attack the United States. An attack was NOT in the best interests of America’s security interests. Therefore, he did his job. Although instead of taking the military’s advice, and launching an invasion, Kennedy does deserve credit for the innovative approach of the blockade. However, Kennedy should not receive the Noble Peace Prize for doing his job. The Noble Peace Prize is given to the person who has done the most for the abolishment of war. President Kennedy’s goal was to eradicate communism, regardless of innocent lives that were taken in the process. His choice to put missiles in Turkey and his choice to put the United States in a war with Vietnam, a war that could not be won does not show a person trying to abolish war. It just shows a man focused on ending communism. Therefore, my conclusion is that President John F. Kennedy should not receive the Noble Peace
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