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Unformatted text preview: alliance with Western Europe. Similarly, the Soviets had to maintain the Warsaw Pact, and so they had to present a credible threat. Kennedy started a naval quarantine of Cuba a quarantine is a less hostile act under international law showing the incremental move up the ladder of escalation. Also prepared an invasion of Cuba. The Soviets eventually backed down for the realists, this proves that the credible threat of military force ended the crisis the Soviets were presented with the choice of an unacceptable escalation, and backed down....
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