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The War on Islam in Afghanistan II (L07)

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University of Toronto St. George
Leslie Jermyn

War on Islam in Afghanistan II - Cold War, sphere of influence o US, USSR gathering as many territories that would agree to trade solely with them, choosing between siding with socialists or capitalists rd - However, some 3 world countries refused to side with either there has to be another way, they said, a Third Way o Why cant we trade with both superpowers? The Cold War is your issue not ours o E.g., Castro wanted to continue trading with the US in his own terms, not theirs he was vilified for that. All he wanted was to clean up Cuba of the greedy aspects of US capitalism. Its not that they wanted to be communistsocialist, they just wanted another option o US, USSR thinking = My way or the highway. No third way. - Cold War tactics (assassinations of key leaders, instigations of civil wars, etc.) still used to this day - Cold War conflict was all about acquiring strategically placed areas. Concept of MAD implemented during this period. Also involves the nuclear arms race o Mutually assured destruction (MAD) doctrine of military strategy and national security policy in which a full-scale use of high-yield WMDs by two opposing sides would effectively result in the destruction of both the attacker and the defender, becoming thus a war that has no victory nor any armistice but only total annihilation. It is a strategy in which neither side, once armed, has any incentive to disarm. (Wiki) - Great game, Afghanistan, Britain, Russia, accessto southern oceans o Afghanistan is strategically-placed that acts as a buffer between the USSR and the Western powers o The Great Game term for the strategic rivalry and conflict between the British Empire and the Russian Empire for supremacy in Central Asia in which Afghanistan plays a huge part because of its location
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