Monday, May 16, 2016

#096: Cold War

I was only five years old when the Soviet Union fell, and I was but a wee tot when the Berlin Wall fell. As such, I have no recollection of either of those events. Even if I did, I would have been too young to understand their significance. I could only imagine how everyone else who had previously lived through the Cold War felt back then.

Imagine, after nearly 40 years of living in fear of a potential nuclear winter, the Western World finally saw its greatest threat collapse. Such a triumphant defeat would be like if ISIS were to dissolve today. It would be the biggest cause for celebration outside of the Empire’s defeat in Return of the Jedi!

When the Soviet Union and Berlin Wall collapsed, it marked what was supposed to be the end of communism, and with it, the end of a potential World War III and the potential start of world peace.

Mind you, that’s not to say that the Clinton Era saw the end of war. The people of Haiti, Somalia, and Kosovo could very well attest otherwise to Clinton’s warmongering. But even with America looking for geo-political excuses to flex its military might that it had built during the Cold War, there was no giant threat for them to fear. For once, everyone could breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they had nothing to fear but fear itself.

Then September 11 happened, and everything changed when the War of Terrorism started.