Letters: The USSR caused its own destruction

Re: ‘Reagan did help world redecorate without the Iron Curtain’ (Metro, March 18)

Actually, letter writer Timothy Laren is more accurate than letter writer Dan Schwarz with regard to the USSR situation and Ronald Reagan. The Communist regime that crushed the uprisings in the 1960s was much stronger and showed no signs of waning, then. The USSR that Gorbachev inherited was much weaker, and long before Reagan demanded that Gorbachev “tear down this wall,” Russia was already making preparations for an inevitable transition. Russia’s own policies were its downfall. Decades of trying to best us in an arms race and misguided domestic policies caused the USSR to implode more than any outside force. By the time Reagan showed up, the USSR was already in steep decline due to its self-destructive policies.

Al Saint Jean, via email

I’m forever amazed how cheerleaders of Ronald Reagan continue to claim he alone “won” the Cold War mainly through his costly build up of the military. Never mind that same build-up caused so much tension it almost started World War III twice in 1983, or that the Soviets’ pointless and costly war in Afghanistan left their soldiers and citizens alienated from the Politburo, or that it was Gorbachev’s reforms that ultimately let the people voice their grievances, organize their opposition and ultimately force the old guard from power.

Joseph Connell, via email


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