East-West Division and Fears of War
Soviet Russia, major ally of the United States, Great Britain, and the other United Nations in World War II, looms today as the potential enemy of the western powers in the tragic event of a third world conflict. Ever since hostilities in the last war ended, the former allies have been moving farther and farther apart. Their inability to work together harmoniously, either on the immediate problems posed by defeat of Germany and Japan or in the search for solution of long-range problems like atomic energy control and international policing, has produced a general sense of insecurity. Meanwhile, Soviet or Soviet-supported moves to tighten the Kremlin's grip on satellite states, as in Czechoslovakia, or to extend the area of ...