RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (Opinion) I’m old enough to remember very clearly October 1962 when Russian ships carrying missiles were just hours away from landing in Cuba and President Kennedy had issued a stern warning to the Kremlin to turn the ships back or else. Or else: what?

We anxiously waited to find out. It was going to be either nuclear Armageddon or a stand-down and return to pre-confrontational normal. We asked ourselves again and again: What next: where is all this leading?

In fact, it changed things for the better. Khrushchev and Kennedy found an acceptable . . .

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