No WMDs Were Needed for People to Die During the Cold War

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No WMDs Were Needed for People to Die During the Cold War

Post by dulcinea » Sun Jun 18, 2006 9:45 am

How many people were killed in the wars that were the battles of what could be considered as the Third World War? How many were killed by political persecution instead of actual fighting?
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Re: No WMDs Were Needed for People to Die During the Cold Wa

Post by Haydnseek » Sun Jun 18, 2006 10:33 am

dulcinea wrote:How many people were killed in the wars that were the battles of what could be considered as the Third World War? How many were killed by political persecution instead of actual fighting?
I think you could argue that the Soviet nuclear arsenal made it easier for them to resist pressures for democratic reforms. What could anyone do to them? And many in the West were afraid that pushing the Soviets was too risky; anytime a Reagan or Thatcher said something even mildly critical they went into hysterics.

In addition to the fear that the Iranian leadership could be more reckless than the Soviets and more like the National Socialists in Germany, would be the increased difficulty of finding ways to support democratic movements within Iran and throughout the Middle East during a MAD standoff (although we managed to do it before.) Of course, a lot of people had to suffer a long time before change came.
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