The Pros And Cons Of The Marshall Plan

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Belligerent, aesthetic, and eloquent, Joseph Stalin would counteract Marshall Plan using Molotov Plan, massacre millions of his own people to obtain his power, and launch Russia into an industrialized era with purges, public executions, and ways of propaganda. Ruthless and blood full of paranoia, Joseph Stalin would obliterate anything blocking his goals and ascendancy. Marshall Plan initially launched on April 3rd, 1948. It was invented to aid European countries after the calamity of War World II. In addition to aiding Europe, it also granted over five billion dollars to European countries. In the eyes of Stalin, this act was seen as “...a ploy by Truman. It [was] nothing like Lend-Lease- a different situation. They [didn’t] want to help…show more content…
Molotov would only agree to Marshall Plan under three circumstances; Soviet Union controlled the amount of aid given to Germany, all power over Germany, and above all would be accompanied with the amount of money given to each nation (Associated Press). The United States disagreed to these terms, causing conflict with the USSR. After hearing the United State’s answer to the terms, Stalin interfered saying, “In the Soviet Army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance” (BrainyQuotes). Given that many European countries were economically paralyzed from the war, many of them saw Marshall Plan as access to a more perpetual financial stance. In addition to Stalin already having dominance of Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Greece, and Poland, he still influenced other countries to repeal Marshall Plan. Other Communist nations, such as Romania and Bulgaria, didn’t participate in Marshall Plan, seeing it as a mechanism to influence democracy and anti-communism…show more content…
Marshall Plan, already persuading European countries to allow United State’s aid was a major threat to Stalin’s influence of Communism. Stalin needed something to distract the countries from Marshall Plan. Molotov, Stalin’s right hand man, decided to invent Molotov Plan, a replica of Marshall Plan, but funded by the Soviet Union. “History has shown there is no invisible armies,” Stalin said during the speech on Molotov Plan (Goodreads). Since Molotov Plan was already supported by Romania and other Communist nations, Molotov Plan looked as if it would overthrow Marshall Plan. Molotov Plan only caught the eye of a few countries. Marshall Plan still out shined Molotov Plan. Due to lack of European interest, Molotov Plan failed and Marshall Plan was launched. “The only real power comes out of a long rifle,” threatened Stalin to the United States (UCCP). Stalin’s impeccable skills to invent a counteract against Marshall Plan required ingenious leadership skills. “I don’t trust anyone, not even myself,” said Stalin when the USSR asked if Stalin trusted the United States (UCCP). To this day, Russia cannot decide if Stalin was a mass murderer, or the nation’s
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