The Cold War: Caused by the United States and the Soviet Union

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War. Humans have thrived from war for as long as we can remember. The United States has been fighting wars ever since we found the new country in North America that we now call the United States. We fought against our selves for the freedom of others. We fought in several world wars. We have always fought. But in the late 1940's “war” changed forever. This was well known as the Cold War. Why was this so different? “ The world had never experienced anything like it. The Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States was a half century of military build-up, political maneuvering for international support (Hanes, Sharon M., and Richard C. Hanes).” This means that the world has always seen war as either hand to hand combat or gun to …show more content…
Later on, when the United States decided to drop two atomic bombs on Japan. The places that were targeted were Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The aftermath of these weapons were extremely devastating and shocked everyone in the world. Especially the USSR, who feared that the United States might turn around and use this weapon on them. The USSR knew that the bomb was one of their strong weaknesses. They would have virtually no way to stop this from happening. This scared the USSR so much that they were really unsure how to deal with the situation that has been placed in front of them. With this it might be fair to say that the USA might have provoked the USSR with this bomb and tried to create a fear within their military. But on the other hand, the USSR could easily be accused of over reacting to the bomb and jumped to conclusions that the USA might use it on them.“With great power, comes great responsibility(Kort 35).” Micheal Kort says this in his novel, The Cold War when he says this he is saying that when power (like the power of an atomic bomb or a great nation) is given to you, it is not free. You need to be responsible with it, and never abuse it.
In addition to these two nations having a a sort of superman mentality. These two nations were very different. The United States had the most powerful weapon at the time, but the Soviets have skilled and highly trained troops that could would most likely dominate the American troops. America had free elections and…