At 9 am the next day, message arrived from Khrushchev announcing the Soviet missiles would be removed from Cuba. The crisis was now over.
Deal With The Devil
While criticized at time by their respective government for bargaining with the enemy,
contemporary historical analysis shows great admiration for Kennedy and Khrushchev’s ability to diplomatically solve the crisis.
But the disturbing lesson was that a slight communication error, or split second decision by a commander, could have thwarted all their effort, as it’s nearly did if not for Vasili Arkhipov’s courage choice.
The Cuban missile crisis revealed just how fragile human politics are compare to the terrifying power they can unleash.