Cold war responsibility Essay

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Cold war responsibility

Activity #4 - Essay

"Truman was more responsible for the Cold War than Stalin was."

President Truman was convinced from the beginning that Stalin intended to take over
countries based solely by the fact that there were communist parties present in them.

France, Italy and even China, are perfect examples of this. And in the Greek civil war it
wasn't the USSR that was giving aid to the communists, it was Yugoslavia. It was obvious
that Stalin had no major plans for any kind of global communist domination. But
nevertheless, Truman placed the blame for the growing popularity of communism's
‘political poison' on Stalin, and convinced the American people to share his outlook.
Without even looking at the fact that no USSR troops were in Greece, Truman and his
advisers jumped on the chance to put forward their ‘domino theory'. This was a theory
that said that if the communists won the Greek civil war, the end result would be Russian
control of the whole middle east. He used this theory to justify military intervention in
Greece, and ultimately, his ‘Truman Doctrine' telling the entire world that the US was
ready for a war. He told the ‘free peoples' of the world that the time had come to
choose between alternative ways of life - the communist way, or the democratic way. Stalin
did not do this.

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