causes of the Cold War

causes of the Cold War

The causes of the Cold War were the Soviet Union’s decision to become a communist state and their ploy to spread communism to other countries. This political move terrified the United States, causing an era of irrational fear of communism. The idea that a country could exist as a communist state, an ideology so contrary to the democratic, capitalistic views of America, was unthinkable. Mainly due in part to the fear of communism jeopardizing capitalism, affecting the economy in America. If nearby countries fell to communism, as part of a “domino effect”, the probable inability to do business with those countries meant that it could jeopardize business and trade in America. Countries such as China, North Korea, and Vietnam were countries susceptible to this domino effect, so much so that America sent troops to both Korea and Vietnam in efforts to prevent communism from taking a foothold in those countries.

Tensions that generated the Cold War have not vanished. Communism is still something America frowns upon and up until recent years, Cuba was completely cut off from any business or any type of relations with America. At the moment, people are free to travel to and from Cuba to the United States and some commerce is allowed. However, with Donald Trump in office, America may be soon closing the smallest bit of hope for the embargo on Cuba to be completely lifted. Tensions continue to run high as North Korea continues to deploy missiles, constantly teasing the United States with long range capabilities. America is still weary of relations with Russia as a result of possible collusion with then presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Though China is a communist state, America seems to be in good standing with the Chinese as their economy is good for America’s economy, in which case communism does not seem to be such a big deal.

 

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