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September 21, 2017

Editor in Chief: Grace Farmer

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Honoring the 55th Anniversary of World War III

Today our nation mourns together as we commemorate the anniversary of the third world war. In 1962, the country was in the midst of rebuilding from WWII- the economy was looking up and life was beginning to feel normal again. The advancement of technology had seen a boom, and efforts were being made to implement new data technologies for military defense purposes. They were not made soon enough though, as the fate of the government fell into the hands of the enemy. A rivalry developed after the second world war between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Americans and the British feared the Soviet spread of communism throughout Western Europe, and wanted to put a stop to it. The United States and our allies formed a treaty organization to be militantly prepared to resist the Soviet’s presence in Europe. The Soviet’s reached out to Fidel Castro, Cuba’s dictator at the time, who allowed the USSR to plant missiles there. President Kennedy tried to stop Cuba from involvement with the USSR, but his efforts failed. The Soviets were able to breach the country’s vulnerable communication system and proceeded to infiltrate the government’s private discourse. According to Kennedy, Castro misinterpreted his plan for protecting the United States. After they launched the first missile off the shores of Cuba, the fate of America was forever changed. To honor those who lost their lives, we’ve reached out to the son of a late veteran, Northern Virginia native, Brett Jones. Brett raises his son-Jason with his wife in the same house he grew up in right here in this town. Brett’s father was drafted in the second world war when he was just out of college, but sprang right back into action on that fateful day. “He was a changed man after the second world war,” Brett says. “We weren’t sure what was going to happen when he came back from this one, but I guess we never got to find out.” Brett went on, describing how proud his father was to serve his country. “I always think how it could have been avoidable,” Brett adds. Had the data communications been in place and been securely developed to prevent infiltration, would the country have seen a third world war? I guess that is a question to which we will never know the answer. A memorial service will be held in Kennedy Park today at 3pm in honor of the soldiers who gave their lives to win this war for our great country.


Where would the US be today if the Soviets never launched their missiles?

Through the United States’ victory over the Soviets, many Americans believe that day to day life is not much different than it would have been, it’s just less advanced. It took the US a little while to get back on our feet, but once we were the country began to thrive. Reconstruction efforts saw results in a record amount of time, and the aid from foreign investors allowed to economy to stand on its own two feet. The largest set back would have had to have been in the technology department. Scholars guess that America’s technology would have mirrored the strides that we have witnessed in South America. With the invention of Cyberstride launching data communications to the next level, Chile surpassed the rest of the world with the ability to bridge the gap between the government and the industrial economy. Data communication was Achilles heel of America, and the reason the country found itself in the midst of another war. South America then used their systems to improve their economy, which then allowed for further technological research. We will never truly know what America would have looked like, but we can be thankful that our country can put those dark times behind us and look towards the light ahead.