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The USSR was to be blamed for starting the Cold War. Do you agree?

i Koh Yong Kai
Category: Politics
Date: 28/02/2013
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The Cold War started quite soon after the end of WWII. How did this happen? Weren't the US and USSR allies during WWII?

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The USSR was to be blamed for starting the Cold War. Do you agree?

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The USSR was to be blamed for starting the Cold War. Do you agree?

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Group 31)due to the fact that USSR had been invaded twice from the West in 30 years. Therefore, Stalin is determined to set up a 'buffer zone' to make sure this never happened again. USSR forced Eastern Europe to become communist and follow his policies. Hence, this cause unhappiness among the Western as they feel discrimanated when the West wanted to prevent Communism from spreading.

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USSR was responsible for starting the cold war as they created the Iron Curtain which separates Western Europe from Eastern Europe because life in the Western Europe seemed to be paradise compared to life in Eastern Europe. The Marshall Plan was another reason how the cold war may have started. It was created to help Europe recover from World War 2 by giving them money. Stalin forbid any countries from Eastern Europe to accept the Marshall Plan.Their relationship worsen and it caused the cold war

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Group 3->

The Yalta conference, attended by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill split germany into four zones of occupation. It was agreed that the USSR would permit free elections to set up new governments in the countries of Eastern Europe that it had liberated. However, the main problem was Poland. It had been used to launch attacks against Russia. After the war, the USSR set up a Communist government in Poland.

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At Yalta in Russia, Stalin insisted a pro-Soviet government to takeover. He wanted to keep Polish territory seized after the Nazi-Soviet pack and to push the Polish frontier west. Roosevelt was reluctant to agree, but there was little the west could do in areas held by the Red Army.

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Even though USSR agreed to permit free elections to set up new governments in the countries of Eastern Europe that it had liberated, he went back on his words. Hence, the USSR was responsible for the war as his lack of credibility infuriated the other countries.(3)

posted by Noven Cookieehfreako | suggest edit

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The Russians needed those countries as barriers to protect USSR from invasion since USSR was once attacked by Germany through Finland, Poland and Romania. USSR was also invaded twice from the West in 30 years. Therefore, Stalin was determined to set up 'buffer zone' to prevent this from happening.

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group 3. In August 1949,the West set up a democratic government in West Germany however in October 1949,Stalin set up a communist governement in the East Germany.The Western powers wanted to help Germany recover economically but Stalin wanted to keep Germany weak so that it could not be a the threat to the USSR.Hence, the USSR was responsible for the Cold War as it creates tension and wanted to prevent democratic government causing unhappiness and making the Western felt discriminated.

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from group 5 to group 4, i do not agree with your views, ussr was attacked twice by the west and thus they wanted to set up a 'buffer zone' just for their self defence. however it is the US that is prejudiced against USSR's communism and thus find a reason to start a cold war

posted by Evelyn LuvsYou | suggest edit

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Group 1: USSR was to be blamed for the Cold War as they are not easily trusted. I know this as Source D states "When it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile,or preparing to eat you up."

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kai voon, this is a member from group 3. we did not finish that factor. that's why there were lots of spelling mistakes and no stand.

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USSR was responsible for the cold war as they were not trust-worthy. From source C,source C stated that due to the sneaky behaviour of USSR supsense was created and hence the cold war started. (cont)

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from group 5 to group 3. USSR wanted to set up communism in their country, i dont see any fault in them doing so. it is their own choices of their rule and not the US so why not say that US is biased against USSR and started cold war ?

posted by Evelyn LuvsYou | suggest edit

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(/cont) This can be seen from "You do not know whether to tickle it under the chin or beat it on the head.when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it its trying to smile,or preparing to eat you up" This tells us that the USSR's action are unpredictable.Therefore,the USSR ws responsible for starting the cold war because their actions arouse supension among the other countries. group 2

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group 5 to 4. who say the USSR did not set up a buffer zone? you had already stated that they have an 'iron curtain' to seperate the west from the east. but they did that due to their past experiences they had with the west invading them. if you were in their shoes, will you set up a 'buffer zone' to protect your own country?

posted by Evelyn LuvsYou | suggest edit

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from group 6 to group 3.i disagree with the evidence that the group had given. by saying that stalin wanted to keep the germany weak so that it could not be a threat to the USSR, you are saying that they were being defensive of their mainland due to the fact that germany used to attack USSR twice. if you are stalin would you rebuild the land that had twice destroyed you? and by the way, in my opinion, your evidences doesnt sound like you are supporting the issues, instead, you are against it.

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group 5 to group 3. who said USSR forced the other country to follow their way of ruling? it is due to their ability to make the west believe in thier way of ruling and thus follow them. so why not say that the US are preventing this from happening by starting cold war?

posted by Evelyn LuvsYou | suggest edit

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group 5 - it is against the will of the people. everyone should be allowed to say what they want but too bad because Stalin was afraid that germany would be in power again. that's why the western powers is in the right as they wanted to let the eastern germans have free and rebuild its economy. - from group 3

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Your evidence is insufficient and totally made up by you. How you know what Stalin is thinking? You Stalin ghost ah? Stalin wanted the Estern European countries for Soviet national security and as a buffer zone from possible Western attack. Use wikipedia search for facts okie?:)

posted by YeLin KingMessi | suggest edit

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group 5 to group 3. germeny is alrdy seperated into four parts and being ruled by different ideologies, thus the ideologues will crash, so why will they be afraid that germany will be in power again when there is alrdy a problem with their ideologies?

posted by Evelyn LuvsYou | suggest edit

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:-)

posted by Koh Cai He | suggest edit

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Wikipedia is not entirely true also. So your argument is invalid.

posted by Lovi-Chua KY | suggest edit

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USSR was not responsible for starting the Cold War as it wanted the eastern europe states to be a buffer for any potential attacks from the West.

posted by Aung Thi Ha | suggest edit

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Group 8.USSR was not responsible for the cold war.To Stalin, the Berlin Blockade were purely defensive, hence Stalin only wanted to protect the Soviet Union's western border. However, it was USA's fault that they misinterpreted the soviet takeover of Eastern Europ as the start of an attempt to spread communism around the world.

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Group 6:Marshall Plan. The Marshall Plan was created in 1947 by the USA to provide aid for Western European countries after the war. There was about $13 billion given out to provide aid to recover their economy. This will then make the USSR feel threatened as they felt that the Marshall plan was to spread democracy and to try and stop Communism from spreading to western Europe. Hence, the USA was responsible for the Cold War instead of the USSR.

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Group 6: History of mistrust.When the Communists came into power, they called for a world revolution. USA, a Capitalist country, feared that this would mean the end of Democracy. Thus, USA sent in resources to prevent the spread of Communism, this makes the USSR felt threatened by USA. Therefore, it wasn't the USSR fault for starting the Cold War.

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Group 5.the USSR should not be lamed for the cold war this is due to the following points:

posted by Evelyn LuvsYou | suggest edit

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Group 5 1) after communism was set yp in USSR, USSR had been invaded twicefrom the west in 30 years. as stalin was their ruler, he have to take action to prevent soviet union from being invaded again. so he set up a buffer zone between the eastern and western zone to protect themself from being invaded again by the west. thus, these measures were purely defensive as stalin only wanted to protect USSR's western border.

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Group 5but due to US being too sensitive about this issue, they felt insecure as they are prejudice against communism. furthermore, it is because to western's invasion that caused the USSR to not trust the westerns and so USSR made a buffer zone as an act of self defence

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GROUP 77777777777777777777777777USSR was not responsible for starting the Cold War, There was mistrust between the Western and USA with the USSR even before world war 2. Furthermore USSR was a communist country and Britain USA France and Japan wanted to prevent the spread of Communists. Thus, suspicion arouse and there were tension. COLDWAR

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group 6 part2:I know this as Source B says " Germans was able to make their invasion ... because ... governments hostile to the Soviet Union existed in these countries. What can there be surprising.. Soviet Union, anxious for its future safety, is trying to see to it that governments loyal in their attitude to the Soviet Union should exist in these countries?", which shows that it was the Western powers that acted hostile at first.

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Group 5Since the Germans were able to make the invasion through Finland, Poland and Romania because, at the time, governments hostile to the Soviet Union existed in these countries, so why would they find a reason for start a cold war with US when they actually needed their help to ensure peace. Thus, USSR was not at fault.

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Group 8 Group 8.USSR was not responsible for the cold war. I know this as Source B says " What can there be surprising about the fact that the Soviet Union, anxious for its future safety, is trying to see to it that government loyal in their attitude to the Soviet Union should exist in these countries?"

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To Stalin, the Berlin Blockade were purely defensive, hence Stalin only wanted to protect the Soviet Union's western border. However, it was USA's fault that they misinterpreted the soviet takeover of Eastern Europe as the start of an attempt to spread communism around the world.

posted by Niyyatini Mulya | suggest edit

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Group 6 part1: I do not agree that it was the USSR's fault for starting the Cold War. Based on Source B, Source B says that it was the USA's fault for starting the Cold War.

posted by Kai Voon Jenkins | suggest edit

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From Group 2 to Group8.I disagree with your point because the US did not mistake that the Berlin Blockage was to spread communism. US only wanted to show that people who those who follow Democracy would be protected. Overall, the Berlin Blockage was only a cowardly measn of buffer by the USSR, and it sacrifices the freedom of the people living in Eastern Berlin.

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from group 4 to group 5. I disagree with your point because how do you know that US is being sensitive about being prejudice against the communism.

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Group 1 TO Group 8, Stalin did not want Germany to become strong is a political motive and not for defensive. Stalin wanted support from its subordinate.

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From Group Mr Koh to Group 5Pls clarify your argument. Thank you

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group 5 to mr koh. we will. welcome by the way

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From Group 2 to Group 6.I'm speechless.:x

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group 5 to group 4. excuse me? dont you know that the US disapprove of communism as their ideology are different? so what ever thing that USSR does to protect themself, the US will take it to heart. thus they are sensitive and prejudiced aganist commmunism and start a cold war

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To group 2,I disagree with what you mentioned. The US and USSR have different governments so the US should not interfere with the USSR's way of governing.

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From Group 2 to Group 6(specifically Kai Voon)I disagree with your views. Source B is saying that Germany is to blame for the Cold War, and not USSR. The source only reason to the world why USSR was trying to set up a buffer. Your point was invalid.

posted by Selwyn Teo Jin Wei | suggest edit

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From Group 6 to Group 2, however , if Germany , an anti-Communist country at that time on WWII, were able to make past Finland, Poland and Romania, Stalin would want to have the governments of these countries to be loyal in their attitude to the Soviet Union, isn't it ?

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All groups have some valid points here and there about whether USSR is at fault, the only problem is whether they are expressed clearly. A few points 1) There are at least THREE points of view 2) Each side is working for the survival of their own way of life 3) No side really trusts the others.

Posted by Koh Yong Kai on 04/03/2013 at 12:12 AM

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