We were terribly wrong.” (Cook, 1) This obsession to avoid the spread of communism at all costs was quite understandable. As stated earlier, the Cold War instilled in the US a great fear of the consequences of a communist government and any influence by the Soviet Union. One vivid example of this fear was the nuclear threat and the terrible consequences of a nuclear attack. The famous Cuban Missile Crisis demonstrated the scary reality of this threat. In 1962, the US discovered that the Soviet Union had put nuclear weapons on the island of Cuba capable of reaching major US cities.
People lived in constant anxiety of America falling to Communist control. The fear of infiltration rose when Mao Zedong led Communists to take control of China as well as the Soviets detonating the atomic bomb. This caused the anxiety and fear to increase because even some American Scientists didn’t believe that the Soviets had the expertise to do so. American citizens began to believe that communist spies had been able to steal American technology. The detonation of the bomb started drills throughout America.
It was a fight because of different beliefs such as communism and capitalism. The Soviet Union believed in communism while the United States believed in capitalism at that time. The relationship between the Cold War and the movie is clear. First of all, neither side fought the other, but they were always living in fear scared from any unexpected explosion. Both of these countries made insane decisions during that period.
I strongly agree with Roberts’ claim. McCarthyism created tension between Americans due to paranoia, patriotic influence, and greed. Clearly, McCarthyism influenced and allowed paranoia to settle itself within the American mindset. McCarthyism was the one key factor in revealing the Communist influence on American soil, and the detonation of the atomic bomb in Soviet Russia caused Americans to begin falsely
Communism in the Cold War "The seeds of totalitarian regimes are nurtured by misery and want, they spread and grow in the evil soil of the poverty and strife. They reach their full growth when the hope of a people for a better life has died. We must keep that hope alive." as said by Harry S. Truman on march 12, 1947 in The Truman Doctrine. While Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy all had the same same Cold War intention of ending communism, their ways of achieving their goal were different.The Cold War was an angry dispute between the United States and the Soviet Union about whether we should spread or contain communism (Ayres 817).
According to a Stanford University research survey, fear can be based off of an idea of preventative war. The idea behind preventative war is to take out a country before they grow any bigger for concern of an overthrow or future war with said country. The survey’s report also discusses other types of preventative war such as: “when one country has a current arms advantage and worries that the other will catch up in the future and that the future situation will be unstable… and so wishes to attack while the balance is in their favor.” Each of these preventative war tactics are based on feelings of fear and anxiety for the future of a nation. Some great examples of preventative war, or times when preventative war was strongly considered are the cold war, when America had access to nuclear weapons, while the Soviets did not, and going way back, The Second Peloponnesian War of 431–404 b.c.e., between the Greek city-states of Athens and Sparta, in which the Spartans began the war with a now or never tactic before the Athens became unbeatable. Jealousy and fright of other countries or nations is undoubtedly a prevailing reason for many wars and wars to
These attacks just aggravate with the use of WMDs. Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organization is one of the examples of a terrorist group that uses nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons for mass destruction. It even is continuing to develop and use such weapons as well as making attempts in obtaining radioactive material for a radiological weapon. All of these types of weapons of mass destruction discussed above prove to be very dangerous to our society and environment. In the further sections it will be made clear as to what changes have taken place in the production, development and usage of such havoc-causing weapons and how it is slowly becoming a part of all the
The Cold War was at its peak in the 1960’s. People were afraid because the USA and the USSR were engaged in the arms race, both of these superpowers possessed nuclear weapons, the USA had sent troops to Vietnam and the conflict in the Middle East was a constant threat to world peace. Peace movements were established because of the uncertainty and conflict during the 1960’s.
The word “war” was used to elicit a fearful response from those reading Carson’s essay during her time. At the time of the 1960s, anxiety was riding high as the Cold War between the United States and Soviet Union meant that the threat of global nuclear warfare was always eminent. And although she does not explicitly mention the war, she refers to “Strontium 90” (Carson 800) to further produce the fear response she is looking for. Beyond their superior word choice, they both also focus on how man seems to set his own faster speed to life relative to the
Some would say that the second World War would also be the beginning factor to lead up to the Cold War, with the USSR’s initial distrust of the US. With Nuclear weapons for the both of them, many people were forced to pick between communism and