The United States And The Soviet Union

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At the end of the World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged from the war as the world’s two leading superpowers. In the post war world, the U.S. and the Soviet Union both engaged in a Cold War aiming to have the most influence around the globe through the spread of their respective ideologies (communism and capitalism) and political systems (representative democracy and socialism). One particular place where this struggle for influence was seen was Latin America, specifically Chile, which faced the possibility of a democratically elected Marxist president by the name of Salvador Allende. The U.S. assumed that Allende, having communist ideals, would install a totalitarian government in Chile similar to that of Stalin’s regime if he was to be elected into office. The U.S also viewed Allende as a threat to U.S national security because his presidency in Chile could create a “domino effect,” whereby the fall of one Latin American country to communism would lead to the fall of countries elsewhere in the Americas, which was a major threat to the United States considering its proximity to Chile and other Latin American countries. Thus, the United States sent its CIA to Chile in order to prevent Allende’s ascendancy to the presidential seat in Chile by any means necessary, even if those means contradicted U.S principles such as the right of a free press, constitutionality, free elections, and peace.
The first covert action taken by the CIA to prevent Allende’s

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