Entry #9The article “Images of the Cold War” by Noam Chomsky discusses the different“defensive stance” that the Soviet Union and United States had against each other during theCold War and provides detail of each country’s propagandic depictions of one another. One ofthe Soviet Union’s defensive stands against the US is the belief that “Soviet propaganda depictsthe USSR as defending itself from “capitalist encirclement” led by the United States, which aimsto extend its global hedge money by incorporating the Soviet Union within these domains” (75).In other words, defending themselves against the chance of being controlled by the other verypowerful country. Ironically, that is the same reasoning the United States uses to defend theirown aggressive defense. However, Chomsky insinuates that the US has no reason for their fearand instead is only reacting out of paranoia caused by victimizingthemselves. To back up thisclaim Chomsky quotes scholar John Lewis Gaddis saying “American leaders consistentlyperceivedthemselves as responding to rather than initiating challenges to the existinginternational order” (76). They choose to see the USSR “as an “evil empire” that is “the focus ofevil in our time” (Ronald Reagan), a “monolithic and ruthless conspiracy” committed to worlddomination (John F Kennedy)” (75-76). This argument is further strengthened by his statementthat in comparison to the US, the USSR has legitimate, although misguided, reasons for theirstance. “The USSR is in fact surrounded by hostile forces, including major NATO bases on itsborders in Turkey, with the US missiles on alert status directed at the Soviet heartland. The UShas never faced any remotely comparable threat but can and does appeal to the takeover of theBaltic states and the imposition of Soviet rule over Eastern Europe as evidence of Sovietexpansion an aggressive intent”(76). Having said this, it is my belief that if one of the countriesis justified in claiming defense, it is the USSR.