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JFK Library film paints grim alternate history of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Part of Web, social media anniversary efforts

It is a grim alternative history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. When efforts fail to resolve the standoff peacefully, US troops invade Cuba and are bombarded with a tactical nuclear weapon. The Soviet Union unleashes another nuclear bomb on New Orleans, scorching it into a barren wasteland. The United States has no choice but all-out retaliation that leaves its adversary in ruins.

That nightmare scenario is sketched out in a section of an interactive documentary released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the crisis.

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