The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his – George S. Patton
As we all have already learnt the Cold War was a state of political and military tension after World War II between the Western powers and the USSR. The Cold War can be classified among wars that did not result in a single bullet being fired by either side. This war was fought on proxy battlefields (Vietnam War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Korean War). Total civilian casualties total up to nearly 5 million lives lost due to the ideological wars fought by their leaders. But who was to blame for starting this whole mess in the first place?
Historians have not fully agreed on who to blame for starting this war. However there are three main blocs that historians have conferred to:
The website above contains some critical events in the Cold War that indefinitely affected the outcome of the Cold War. This simple website easily breaks down the different sects in the Cold War interpretation without over-complicating things. To add to that this brilliant website contains many detailed sources of different historians when discerning the different viewpoints in relation to reaching a conclusion on who was primarily to blame for the Cold War.
Some brief quotes about war to end this post:
“War is what happens when language fails.”
― Margaret Atwood
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
― Albert Einstein
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” J.R.R Tolkien, The Two Towers
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers