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The Cold War-Who was to blame?

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* The USA was to blame. The USA could have been to blame, because of the way they handled western Europe. By organising the US, British, and French into one zone, called Tri-Zonia. It could have appeared that, the western countries were ganging up on Stalin. If this were the case then, Stalin would feel the need for protecting the USSR, by closing the possible entries to its territory. So that the USA could not enter Soviet land. This was what caused him to blockade Berlin. When the blockade was in place, the USA defied Stalin's wishes and flew supplies over Eastern Germany, all the way to Berlin. This behaviour was very antagonistic of the USA, and many people would have seen it as an invasion of the USSR's air space and an act of war. ...read more.

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He did this, because he saw it as his duty, to defend communism against capitalism. The "Berlin Blockade", was a barrier on all roads/canals into East Germany. This meant, that the USA could not transport any goods to the people in Berlin. This was clearly the first aggressive act in the cold war. Therefore to begin with, the USSR was clearly the aggressor. The USSR was also to blame, in that once it had developed the atomic bomb, it then proceeded to develop, the Hydrogen bomb. At that point in time, the USSR was in the "lead" of the "arms race". The truth, is that both countries had the power to obliterate the other, many time over. * Both the USA and the USSR were to blame. Both countries were to blame for the Cold War, because both countries did antagonistic things, that they knew would upset the other country, and yet they still did them. ...read more.

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* No-one was to blame the Cold War was inevitable. Through out history men have been fighting each other, because it is in our nature. We've also always developed new and better ways of killing people in larger quantities with less effort. As technology improved and inventions developed we created guns, bombs, artillery and planes. We never really needed to think about the implications and effects what we were doing might have. So it was inevitable that the killing tools would continue to get more powerful until it reached a stage where two countries could annihilate each other. It wasn't until this point that we really had to worry about what out opponents might do in retaliation, but once we did arrive there then we were always going to suddenly stop killing each other, and realise that we would all die if we used these big bombs. Still neither side would back down. Effectively the Cold War was the stalemate that we would always reach sooner or later. ...read more.

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