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Subject "Gaza and the Cuban missile crisis"
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Original Message As President, in 1962, Kennedy confronted the Cuban missile crisis. At the time, it was said, that Kennedy's handling of that crisis was also a profile in courage. While I'm just a little too young to remember the Cuban missile crisis, I studied it in college, and I am convinced that most Americans at that time (and even today) do not appreciate how close their country was to a nuclear war.
Ken Blackwell compares Kennedy's leadership during the Cuban missile crisis with Barack Obama's handling of the flotilla last week. The comparison is stunning. [link to biggovernment.com]

Compare today’s response of daylight not showing between us and our Israeli allies, then peeping through, with the clear, hard determination of President Kennedy when we were threatened by Soviet missiles in Cuba, or, “Cuber,” as our brave young leader pronounced it. Here’s how Kennedy described U.S. actions on 22 October 1962:
To halt this offensive buildup a strict quarantine on all offensive military equipment under shipment to Cuba is being initiated. All ships of any kind bound for Cuba from whatever nation or port will, if found to contain cargoes of offensive weapons, be turned back. This quarantine will be extended, if needed, to other types of cargo and carriers. We are not at this time, however, denying the necessities of life as the Soviets attempted to do in their Berlin blockade of 1948.

Is this not precisely what the Israelis were trying to do with Gaza? Cuba was 90 miles off our shores. Gaza is right there. What were the Israelis attempting to do other than to inspect “all ships of any kind?” Didn’t the U.S. plan to do precisely that with Soviet freighters approaching Cuba? And if one those Soviet ships had decided to defy the U.S. quarantine, we probably did not plan to send in boarding parties. Kennedy probably planned instead to send a shell through their pilot house. The Israelis are being blamed for not sinking the Turkish ferry.
The Israelis allow the “necessities of life” to get through to Gaza. But they join with Arab Egypt in a blockade that attempts to prevent weapons from going in to Gaza. In Gaza, “humanitarian” aid takes the form of ambulances that transport rockets and hospitals that store them....

Read more: [link to israelmatzav.blogspot.com]
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