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"USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War." How far do you agree with this statement?

i Samantha Gracie Thevan
Category: Politics
Date: 28/02/2013
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This platform is being used to discuss as to whether it was USA or the USSR that caused the Cold War. You are to write a structured argument while debating through this online platform. You are also free to comment on the answers of others, if you feel it is not correct.

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Yes

USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War

No

USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War

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USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War as they had antagonised the West by trying to takeover the rest of Eastern Europe. Although USSR was deeply affected by WW2, there was no need for Stalin to takeover Eastern Europe so as to ensure USSR's defence. This led to the fears and suspicion of the West which caused the Cold War.

posted by Samantha Gracie Thevan | suggest edit

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soviet union only believes in aggression over negotiation so they use war as a way of communication. (Group 8)

posted by Kester Png | suggest edit

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Yes, I agree that USSR is to be blame for the cold war. As Soviet Union had been invaded twice from the West in 30 years. Due to Stalin's "defensive" measures to protect the soviet unions western border, it raise the western suspicion and led to cold war. (Group SIX)

posted by Lucas Chong | suggest edit

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Stalin wanted to spread communism around the world thus, it planned to take over countries in order to influence the communism ideology. (group 8)

posted by Kester Png | suggest edit

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people who supported democracy felt that communism was just a form of slavery and supporters of democracy felt that people should be free. (group 8)

posted by Kester Png | suggest edit

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the poor relations between the ussr and the west at the potsdam conference were a sign that their wartime alliance had come to an end and that a cold war was going to begin. ( group 8)

posted by Kester Png | suggest edit

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The fear of getting conquered by other countries made stalin think that he should protect himself by attacking other countries first.

posted by Kester Png | suggest edit

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USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War because they were being greedy even though part of the reason why they wanted to spread their communism was to defend their country.

posted by Hakunama Qilah | suggest edit

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From source B, a speech by President Truman critising the Russia only know how to compare military strength and would not step back until forced by another country with stronger military strength -Group 2

posted by Bo Wen EpicCamaro | suggest edit

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They did not only invaded Poland , but also other countries as well. For Poland, it was a defensive act because they were afraid that they would be invaded through Poland like WW2 again. However, for invading other countries it was more likely because he wanted to spread communism. USSR's actions caused anger to the West as they viewed USSR's actions as hostile and aggressive causing Cold War to break out.Group 4

posted by Hakunama Qilah | suggest edit

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*counter-attacking group 7* west countries are just having defensive measures to protect their people and their country. What is wrong with that? (group 8)

posted by Kester Png | suggest edit

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@Group 8: Please clarify your point. What does your group mean by Stalin wanted to spread Communism? Why did he need to do that? How did that cause the Cold War? He could have spread the ideology as far as he wanted. Why did the West need to get involved?

posted by Samantha Gracie Thevan | suggest edit

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@Group 4: refer to the map of the Satellite States. Why are the other states NOT important to the defence of Stalin?Please clarify your point.

posted by Samantha Gracie Thevan | suggest edit

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Would this have happened if there wasn't World War II?Is it not normal for one to be over-suspicious after a calamity?Is it not normal for one to want to ensure his family is protected after a tragedy?Yes, USSR is at fault, but is it fair to blame it solely on her? Was there a mediating party after WWII?p/s: I have limited historical knowledge. :p

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When USSR gained control of Eastern Europe, they were reprimanded by the USA for imposing their own social system on their conquered territories. However, USSR felt that whoever occupies a territory should be allowed to establish their own social systems upon it. Hence, USSR should not be blame for the cold war as their army had the power to force the social system upon their newly conquered territories. (group7)

posted by Sheena Tan | suggest edit

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We use aggression only because we have no other choice as negotiations were broken down because the USA was being unreasonable in compromising their demands . (group7)

posted by Sheena Tan | suggest edit

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Stalin wanted to spread communism over other countries as it felt that communism was the best social system and wanted other countries to attain a social system which he felt was the best. (group7)

posted by Sheena Tan | suggest edit

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i do not agree that USSR was to be blamed for the cold war as there are other factors that lead to cold war. The first factor is the history of mistrust. This is a mistrust between communist and the western country.

posted by Nicholas Lim | suggest edit

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USSR was not to be blamed for the cold war as the Germans made their invasion of the USSR through Finland, Poland and Romania. The Germans were able to made their invasion through these countries because, at that time, governments hostile to the Soviet Union, existed in these countries. (Group 3333333)

posted by Jesslyn Tan | suggest edit

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@group 8 Communism was not a form of slavery as it helped to create fair living conditions among all people and helped to free people from poverty .

posted by Sheena Tan | suggest edit

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@Group 5: The communists called for the world revolution. Stalin started the mistrust.

posted by Lucas Chong | suggest edit

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@Group 6 I do not agree that the defensive policy adopted by USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War. Using your words against you, "As Soviet Union had been invaded twice from the West in 30 years.", hece, I don't see the reason why USSR aren't allowed to adopt a defensive policy to protect it's national interest.

posted by Nicholas Lim | suggest edit

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The Berlin Blockade contributes to the Cold War , Berlin was split into 4 zones of occupation but as the city was situated within the Soviet zone of East Germany, the western zones of Berlin were surrounded by the communist territory.The Western powers wanted to help Germany economically. Stalin wanted to keep Germany weak so that it could not be a threat to the USSR. Since USSR is merely trying to protect themselves during the Berlin Blockade hence, they should be blamed for the Cold War. (Group 1)

posted by HyuiMin Tōki-bun | suggest edit

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@Group 5: It is understandable that USSR was invaded twice from the West. But that does not mean that the offensive measures taken by USSR can be classified as defensive. If USSR had just taken POLAND as part of a defence measure, that is still acceptable because of the history they share with Poland. However, justifying that the taking over of the other Eastern European states is defensive - that does not seem to make sense. it seems like Stalin was on the offensive.

posted by Samantha Gracie Thevan | suggest edit

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@Group 7 - Refer to your first point. What do you mean that USSR had the ability to enforce its ideology on others because it was powerful? And this is not causing the Cold War? Clearly, what they did rubbed the wrong sides of the West.

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@Group 1: clarify the point that you made. How is the Berlin Blockade a cause for the Cold War?

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@Group 6 - Stalin started the mistrust, in terms of ideology? You sure?

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