Communism and the Cold War

Communism and the Cold War


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In the Cold War (1945-1991), we in the U.S., were trying to prevent communism from spreading while promoting our own capitalist global economy. We contained communism in half of the Korean peninsula in 1953 when the Korean War ended in a cease fire.  We tried to keep Vietnam under control, but we lost it in 1973 after a long struggle that began in full force 50 years ago after the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

In 1949, the Soviet Union tested an atomic bomb, and China joined the world’s communist regimes.  Communists invaded pro-Western South Korea while the U.S. and the United Nations went to intervene military.  The 1950s were a time of fear and hysteria about the evils of Communism.  Fidel Castro’s successful Marxist revolution in Cuba in 1959, would bring the threat of communism closer to home. The most scary time of the Cold War for Americans came during John F. Kennedy’s Presidency from 1960-1963.

Communism seemed like it would not help anyone in the right way, instead it will make things worse because it gave all economic power to the government which became a dictatorship. The idea of Cuba having communism just made it bad for us because it could spread to us or even worse it could lead to a direct war with nuclear missiles. In the way of Vietnam, bad things in that war just made things worse for us.  We can keep trying to control bad ideas such as communism or terrorism in the world as long as we don’t mess up- the problem is that we always find ways to mess up and there are always bad ideas that compete with our American dream.

Below is a recent photo of Communist Revolutionary and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.