2.) Containment was a U.S policy during the Cold War that focused on stopping the spread of communism. After many disagreements with the Soviets shortly after WWII, the U.S instituted the Truman Doctrine in 1947 that stated the U.S would, “support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” Essentially, prevent communism from taking root in any more places. The direct consequences of this doctrine would be the U.S’s involvement the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and a mutual distrust between the U.S and USSR that would continue well into the nineties. The indirect consequences (indirect because these countries were largely independent of the Soviets or the Chinese) would be the U.S’s actions in South America, most notably the toppling of a democraticall...
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... the regime you are protesting sees themselves as better than you (South Africa) or they just want your land (USSR). But, in situations like Britain’s colonization of India, where the British Raj had been mistreating the Indians for years, non-violence is surprisingly effective. It boils down to the regime being protested (in this case the British) being unable to silence the protesting party (the Indians) while still appearing to be the good guys. How exactly are you going to spin the British as anything but dictatorial savages if they had violently stopped Gandhi’s salt march? Nonviolent protest will only become more effective as time goes by. With the amount of international communication present today and the amount of scrutiny that the media places on any form of protest, I actually think that violent actions are harder to justify now than they were ever before.
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