For almost 75 years the West struggled to rid the world of the evil of Soviet communism. Except for a brief period of cooperation in order to defeat Nazi Germany, the West demonized the East, implementing policies of containment and isolation to stop the spread of totalitarian communism. In some cases it sent tens of thousands of soldiers to their death. In the 1980s, the U.S. administration was particularly hostile to the Soviet Union and adopted a peculiar approach of outspending its Soviet adversary on military programs. So when oil prices collapsed in 1986, the death bell began to sound...
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