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Chapter 10: ‘They key purpose of the Cold War … was to block trade’
In this chapter, Ellsberg criticizes common misconceptions about the Cold War period of U.S. history.
“The understanding of the Cold War that 99 out of 100 Americans hold right now … is a fairy tale,” he explained.
While most people believe the United States acted to stop Communism from spreading outward from countries like China and Russia, Ellsberg suggested that the financial domination of global markets was a far more important factor propelling the Cold War.
“The key purpose of the Cold War paradigm, both in Europe and in Asia, was to block East-West trade,” he said.
With NATO and U.S. forces now encircling China and Russia with military bases, East-West tensions are rising anew. The U.S. is also seeking to inflame tensions in Ukraine after supporting a coup there.Daniel Ellsberg: Most Americans Believe A ‘Fairy Tale’ About The Cold War
America’s ultimate goal, according to Ellsberg, is always to dominate a region in order to put pressure on nearby countries whose interests stand in opposition to American interests. Those maneuvers, he said, are always backed with “the threat of first use of nuclear weapons.”…