The Cold War
The warless war
What was the Cold War?
The Cold War was, in a short term, a boarder line war. There wasn't any fighting or killing, but at the time, we were very close to one. At the time, Germany was divided into two parts, East and West. The East was overseen by the U.S., France, and Britain. The West was controlled by the U.S.S.R. This was the start of many major events from 1947-1963. Major people in this time include J.F.K., Ronald Regan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nikita Khrushchev, & Mikhail Gorbachev.
Bias by Ommision
The U.S. media chose not to put certain things in their reports due to the fact that most people were scared of the U.S.S.R. and communism. The U.S. media forgot to mention, when they printed the Cuban Missile Crisis, that we had weapons just as close to the Soviets as they did us.
Bias by Story Selection
The media also left out things that we did to the Soviets and more so focused on what they were doing to us. We never said anything about us sending a plain over the U.S.S.R. to take pictures of what they were doing, we just said that they shot down a U.S. plain and made the population even more scared of them.
The U.S. media mostly attacks the Soviets and their way of life more than anything. The media criticizes the Soviet's "Power to the Worker" in saying that they give almost no power to anyone and make the payment of all workers equal and gives no room for them to grow. As we've seen later in the years, democracy with Gorbachev doesn't really work out with them as it does the U.S. The only political stance the Soviets know is communism and that makes it very hard for them to change.
In this time, the U.S. was in fact very scared of the communists coming over and invading the U.S. like they had many other countries. The U.S. population didn't want any trace of communism at all in the homeland and actually took many famous people to court to make them prove that they we against the Soviets, and if not, they were imprisoned for "aiding the enemy."
This is about the long and short of the Cold War. The war basically didn't do anything, it was a wast of everyone's time and didn't really act as a war, more of a bunch of events that lead to a reunion of a country. Yes, we came close to war during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but it still didn't happen. During this time, we basically were terrified of communism and the U.S.S.R. and wanted to be better than them by beating them to the moon, developing weapons of mass destruction, etc. In short, the Cold War was pointless and wasn't a war.