Most adults have lived through all or a part of the Cold War that occurred between the United States and the USSR from 1947-1991. It was a war of words and threats that lasted between the two nations without direct military confrontation until the fall of the USSR.
The Cold War: Then
After World War II, the two global superpowers competed for global influence and dominance. The result was dividing Europe into capitalist and communist blocs. Key moments in the Cold War were the Berlin Blockade, the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the Afghan War.
The times of the Cold War also included many races: The Space Race, a nuclear arms race, espionage, propaganda, and ideal conflicts in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It ended with the collapse of the USSR and its satellite states. The Cold War influenced pop culture and politics well into the 20th century – and it still reverberates in our present day.
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” President Regan made this demand, standing in West Berlin, in 1987. It was a defining moment in which President Regan demanded that East and West Germany be united. These powerful words preceded the communist East Germany being brought out of power.
The Cold War: Now
Now, we have another communist nation that we are battling – China. Mark Twain said, “History never repeats itself, but it rhymes.” Words have never rung truer than this. We are in a cold war situation with China as they fly surveillance balloons over the United States. History is repeating itself, but not exactly. Now, we fight the Communist CCP – not with the power of President Ronald Reagan, but with the weakness of Joe Biden.
China wants to be a communist global power and threatens the democratic values. Who will dominate?
Will the Communist China dominate and subjugate us or will we rise above, like the Phoenix, with the power of democracy and freedom?
Erin Thielman is the Editor of American Action News, a subsidiary of Pop Acta Targeted Media.