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oa Africa Insight - A strategy for South Africa

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804

 

Abstract

Since the end of World War II two countries and two countries only have possessed sufficient resources and trained manpower to play power politics for the highest stakes. The United States economy was so flourishing that it was able to do so for nearly a quarter of a century before Vietnam made the ordinary American aware of the cost in American lives, and before escalating defence and space budgets brought the threat of devaluation of the dollar. The economy of the U.S.S.R. on the other hand was so strained that, in order to challenge the United States, the country had to be kept on a war footing for nearly as long a time in order to find the resources for the Soviet army, air force and navy. Each of the two colossi sought to bolster its own strength by military alliances, the United States with NATO, and the U.S.S.R. with the Warsaw Pact - by supporting satellite states, such as South and North Korea, and South and North Vietnam - and by bidding for the goodwill of the so-called ""Third World"".

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1971-01-01
2020-10-22

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