The Star-spangeled Side of Cold War

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"DROP SHOT: The Star-Spangled Side of Cold War"

"I don't know what weapons will be used during World War III, but I'm sure that during World War IV only sticks and stones will be used."

Albert Einstein


The so-called Cold War between the United States and The Soviet Union started after Winston Churchill's Fulton speech in August 16, 1945 and in fact ended only when the USSR collapsed. The Cold War was a period of tense relationship between the two countries and not once the world stood at the brink of World War III. However the American interpretation of history turns the Soviet Union into an evil aggressor, meanwhile the United States did their best to defense their country and democracy around the world. Ask any
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The cities were chosen on following criteria 1) productive capacity, mostly of aircrafts and other weapon 2) presence of administrative and governmental institutions 3) presence of science- research institutions. Moscow, Gorky, Kuybishev, Sverdlovsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Saratov, Kazan, Leningrad, Baku, Tashkent, Chelyabinsk, Nizhniy Tagil, Magnitigorsk, Perm, Tbilisi, Novokuznetsk, Grozny, Irkutsk and Yaroslavl were in that list. 13 000 000 people would die in the result of such attack, not to mention the ecological catastrophe that would follow.

On February 22nd 1946 US Ambassador in the USSR Kennan sent an 8000 word long telegram which is considered to be the corner stone in estimation of USSR. In it he described Soviet Union as a political force which is fanatical sure that there can not be no long term modus vivendi with the USA. He assured that this should be the main point Washington should consider in building any relationship with Moscow. This forced the officials of Truman cabinet to start something of a competition on who will create a better punishment for the USSR. On September 24th, 1946 Truman's special assistant Clifford presented a special report "American Policy Towards Soviet Union." Here are some fragments from it.

"Adepts of force understand nothing but force... We must point to Soviet Union that that we possess enough power not only for defense, but for a quick smash of Soviet Union during war. Soviet

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