How the Cold War Started.

How the Cold War Started.

Jacob Duncan

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The cold war was a silent war between the U.S. and the Soviet union. Most would say the cold war started when President Truman approved the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan in August of 1945. That unleashed nuclear warfare to the world and any country that wished to be a world power wanted their hands on one, but only few had the funds and scientific skills necessary. The U.S.S.R. was one of those countries as it successfully tested its own nuclear weapon in 1949. The soviet communists of Russia had been our ally in World War II only because of the common enemy of Hitler.  When the war ended the USSR still stood for everything that the USA did not want to become; a socialist communist dictatorship.

So pretty much from 1945 to 1991 the U.S. and Soviets had almost a competition of who could build the bigger, better bomb and who could have more nuclear weapons. In 1949, N.A.T.O. was formed in order to prevent soviet control over Europe and Asia. Later in 1955 the Soviets signed the Warsaw pact, allying together against N.A.T.O. this competition also led to the “space race” and as that race started the Soviets were winning.  America caught up and passed the Soviets in 1969 when we successfully landed on the moon.

Some say the Cold war has been reignited, since tension between Russia and the U.S. is still high. And after 60 years of building and improving nuclear weapons, we have enough to destroy the world 3 times over. Not to mention a decent amount of other countries now have nuclear weapons as well. So in the blink of an eye we could go to nuclear war. Not only is the Cold war back, it could erupt into WWIII in an instant.