The Cold Truth ~ Cassidy Pena

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The Cold Truth ~ Cassidy Peña

The Cold War was the most dangerous boasting battle in the history of the world, and it created many problems that even today have yet to be solved. It was a 44-year war between two of the world’s superpowers: the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United States of America. At one point during the war, nuclear weapons were mass-produced by both sides, mainly for the bragging rights of having more weapons than their opponents (this was called the “Nuclear Arms Race”). (Trueman) Americans were outraged when the Soviet Union beat them into space with the launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial Earth satellite (part of another Cold War race, the “Space Race”). ( Staff) Put simply, the Cold
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The current world relations between the United States and countries that opposed them during the Cold War remain unfriendly. For instance, the relations between the United States and the communist nation of Cuba are still very poor as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis during the Cold War; when the Soviet Union was allowed by the Cuban government to station nuclear missiles pointed towards the United States in Cuba, only 99 miles away from Florida. Today, there is still an embargo prohibiting United States corporations from doing any business with Cuba and restricting United States citizens from travelling to Cuba. ( Another example of international relations damaged by the Cold War are the notoriously strained relations of the Russian Federation and the United States. The two nations have been well known as enemies since even before World War II. In fact, in the year 1980, the United States Olympic Team boycotted the Summer Olympics that were being held in Moscow. (Smothers) But in 2009, almost 20 years after the Cold War had ended, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama agreed to “reset” the relations between the countries and wipe the proverbial slate of all contempt rooted in the Cold War. Despite this, there is still much lingering rivalry between the two very different nations, showing that more people than just the leaders of the countries must acknowledge these poor relations if they are to ever be mended.
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