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THE ARMS RACE EVENTS: LESS OR MORE DANGEROUS?
Less dangerous. This is because the war stayed a proxy war,
between South and North Korea, and never direct USSR/USA war.
Further, the threats made were never acted on. In fact, when
General MacArthur made a nuclear threat, Truman fired him.
East German uprising
Although the US had nuclear weapons stationed in West Germany,
meaning there was a direct threat, the US feared a missile gap
and feared a horrific loss if a nuclear war was started. Therefore,
they did not act on this uprising in case of nuclear war.
Khrushchev's potenkinism (pretending that the USSR had a vast
quantity of nuclear weapons) led the US to believe there was a
missile gap, therefore when Poland erupted, the US chose not to
intervene, once again, for fear of a nuclear war and thus this
made the Cold War less dangerous.
Much like Poland and East Germany, the US feared a missile gap,
therefore when the Soviets clamped down on Hungary, they once
again chose not to intervene because of a nuclear war fear- no
nuclear threat meant a less dangerous Cold War
Suez Crisis, 1956
The Suez Canal near Egypt was a vital trading route, so once the
UK left Egypt to themselves they did not want to withdraw from
the Suez Canal. Khrushchev "rattled his rockets" and threatened
to use nuclear weapons unless they left. This threat made it more
dangerous. The UK only left because of the USA's pushing to do
1958, Berlin Crisis
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Khrushchev gave the West an ultimatum over Berlin: withdraw or
they would use nuclear weapons. Although he was talked down,
Khrushchev's threat showed the USA that they were willing to use
nuclear weapons and this made it more dangerous.
Berlin Wall, 1961
" A wall is hell of a lot better then a war"- Kennedy.…read more