Cold War Containment Essay

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The fatal noise of sirens ring out, while children in your class duck under desks for safety. This was one of the reasons the United States wanted containment in the world. During this time period of containment, the Cold War was going on with the U.S. and the Soviet Union (now Russia). This cold war was a name for the period of conflict between the Soviet Union and her communist allies and the United States and her democratic, capitalist allies. The Cold War lasted from 1945 to 1991 when the Soviet Union fell apart. But really, how did the United States and their allies contain communism. What exactly is containment? The definition of containment in this case is the US policy of not letting the Soviet Union expand its empire. The U.S. contained communism at The Berlin Air lift, The Korean War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
One good example of a way the U.S. contained communism is carrying out The Berlin Air Lift. The Berlin Air Lift is when Germany divided into two sides, East and West, and one side was in need of food and supplies. So the U.S. air dropped supplies onto the starving country. (DOC B) shows a map of all the places that surround Berlin. This proves that it was in desperate need of help. In this dire situation the U.S. dropped these supplies to show that they support countries
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showed their policy of containment is at the Cuban Missile Crisis. At this event in time the U.S.S.R. had missiles in Cuba that threatened the U.S. In (DOC A) it tells the president that they need to take the U.S.S.R. with caution and distance. The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the times they had to take it with distance and precaution. (DOC D) shows a map of what happened at this dangerous event. Cuba had missiles that endangered the U.S. population. So in exchange that they took their missiles out of Cuba, the U.S. took their missiles out of Turkey. This shows the U.S. concern of a nuclear war, they obviously don’t want to destroy the whole
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