Whilst studying the Cold War, one issue continues to provoke a bewildered response inside me as my mind fails to grapple with the justifications for it.
The nuclear arms race. By 1961, the US and the Soviet Union had the combined ability to destroy the world three times over. You would have thought it would end there but no, greed and hunger for power, status and money ensured both governments continued to fund research after research merely so that they can boast and threaten the other with their nuclear arsenal. They were not content with having the capability to destroy the world, they wanted to obliterate it completely.
In their hunger for power, they failed their own people. Billions upon billions were spent on arms instead of much needed social reforms. I can’t find any real and valid explanation to this other than greed.
It’s completely bewildering. Hopefully, that is the worst we have seen of humankind. However, we are seeing the same thing today. The continued build up of weapons which are never used except when it is time for the annual military parade. We simply do not need them.
That is what I think.
Until Next Time,
A Worried Student