THREE DECADES AFTER THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL, WE STILL COMMEMORATE THE BONDING OF THE TWO SIDES. THAT SPECIFIC FALL DAY, EVERYONE WAS GLUED TO THEIR TVS AND RADIOS TO SEE FOR THEMSELVES THE END OF THE COLD WAR. BUT DID THEY?
It is very common to believe that the end of the well-known and threatening so-called cold war, has ended in the year 1991, along with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. And why should’t we? Hasn’t the war ended? Well that is a question that needs to be investigated in order to be answered.
To comprehend that, we must first understand what the cold war actually was. To put it simply, the cold war was the immense tension between the two at that time superpowers, the United States of America and the Soviet Union (along with its allies). The term “war” is used, more because there is no other term to classify it, as it never was accompanied with massive slaughter, unlike the First and Second World War. The reason it existed, was mainly the colossal rivalry between the two, and also the will to display their power in nuclear warfare.
However, as other countries developed their technologies, they have also requested to get on the nuclear weapon game. Those countries being France, Germany, Israel, India, Pakistan, China, the UK and North Korea as of 2006. It is true however that there have been later nuclear threats between countries, especially in the 21st century, after the “official cold war” ended, defeating the purpose of measures taken to eliminate the proliferation of nuclear weaponry.
The evident reason the cold war has not yet ended is much simpler than one would think. If the term cold war is a term that describes a nuclear threat between two countries, why shouldn’t it be applied to another current tension? Let’s take as an example the rivalry between the USA and North Korea. The two leaders (Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un) have constantly been hostile to one another, regarding use of nuclear power. Isn’t that exactly what a cold war describes?
Nowadays, when we are expressing our thoughts on Twitter freely, or uploading our beloved dog on Instagram with no restrictions, are we really safer than previous generations that had an officially recognized cold war? The modern world has not yet realised that the war has not ended. Its actors have only changed, but this time, with bigger, better, and stronger nuclear weapons.
In the end, what can we take from this? We can see that the cold war that is taking place in the modern world, could be equally dangerous, if not even more. One can only hope of course that the temperature of it does not rise, in order to avoid complete nuclear annihilation. So what does the future hold for us regarding sustainable “warm” peace? Only time can tell.
Author: Jason Evlambios
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