Communism: The Russia And The Us

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The author of The Devil We Knew wrote this book from a standpoint of displeasure at the way the government handled the Cold War. I believe that H.W. Brands was not alone in this feeling of the government failing its people. The Cold War was the third war in a very short period of time. During the first two wars 100,000 Americans and millions of non-Americans were slaughtered. The feeling of continuous war and death to simply be in another war was more than some people could stand (VI). Thus, their fear took on the image of communists, they became the scapegoat for everything we feared.
The cause of the Cold War may go back further than we think. To use Brands words, “The Cold War had a ...view middle of the document...

It is the idea that the country comes before the individual person and is centered on a dictatorial government system (4). With the end of World War II and the fall of Germany and Japan, fascism fell. Also, the fall of Germany and Japan left the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom in charge to split up Germany and decide Poland’s fate. This shift of European power into Soviet and American realms of influence lead to a hasty conclusion in the belief of “collective security” (8). When this ended America created their own version of the collective security system against the Soviet Union. It was a formula soliciting conflict. Russia was now the heavyweight of the European continent and America had recently become the world power (18).
The war increased the American economy while the allies in Europe were losing money on the war effort. The great depression that struck in 1930 was harder on Europe than America itself. Not only did Europe lose money but they also lost assets from the bombing. America extended money to France, and the United Kingdom but not to Russia. While Roosevelt was fond of Stalin, Stalin though Roosevelt to be nothing more than a tool and when Woodrow Wilson took over he knew this. Accordingly, while he cooperated and respected Russia he knew it was an opponent and thus, would not give abundant amounts of money or weapons.
Then came the Korean War. The United Nations against communist North Korea. Not only were they fighting communist soldiers but they were also using guerrilla warfare for the first time. “The Korean fighting reinforced American perceptions of monolithic communist conspiracy against world peace… [It] also drove the last nail into the coffin of the idea that the United Nations might serve as a significant force for peace” (29). As Truman used the United Nations as a tool for fighting the communists he simultaneously squashed the dream for American democracy worldwide and it was not looked at...

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