The Soviet Union Underlies All the Unrest

The Soviet Union Underlies All the Unrest - "The...

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"The Soviet Union Underlies All the Unrest" Many of the difficulties that Reagan encountered derived from the president's narrowly Moscow- centered worldview. Having spent much of his life deeply concerned with the threat posed to the American way of life by the international Communist movement centered in the Soviet Union, Reagan had a hard time seeing global problems from anything other than a narrow Cold War perspective. In Reagan's mind, every international challenge to American interests originated in Moscow. "Let us not delude ourselves," he said in 1983. "The Soviet Union underlies all the unrest that is going on. If they weren't engaged in this game of dominoes, there wouldn't be any hot spots in the world." 16 Thus, in Reagan's judgment, everything from terrorism in the Middle East to revolutionary movements in Central America to the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa could be chalked up to Soviet malfeasance. Reality was more complicated. While the Soviets did sometimes have a hand in stirring up these "hot spots," the conflicts that roiled much of the world throughout the 1980s were primarily driven by local forces. Nelson Mandela
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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