Was Reagan Responsible for Ending the Cold War?
Gorbachev or Reagan Ends Cold War?
Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev may have been glorified by the Western media and Ivy League professors and awarded the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for nuclear arms reduction and political reforms in the Soviet Union. But according to one scholar, any truly honest history book will have to record that Reagan ended the Cold War.
Dr. Paul Kengor cites the historic 1986 Reykjavik, Iceland summit as a crucial turning point in the Cold War. The typical account casts Gorbachev in the role of magnanimous leader, offering to remove all nuclear missiles from Eastern Europe, and Reagan as the spoiler who walked away and left it all on the table. A truthful account, however, would note that the deal came at an intolerable price America was saved from paying-i.e., giving up Reagan's anti-ballistic missile idea called the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
SDI, of course, still hasn't been built. But in looking beyond the immediate contest with the Soviet Union the visionary Reagan was able to consider potential threats that are even more apt today than they were then: "A Middle East madman, an Asian dictator, a slip-up, a trigger-happy general, or some limited type of missile strike."
Not only that, but Reagan also foresaw that by continually raising the technological stakes, the cash-strapped Evil Empire might eventually be forced to fold its hand. And that's pretty much what happened-and why the epitaph to the Reagan era should read, "Reagan Ends Cold War."
Read the article, to find out more regarding Reagan's effects which directly led to the end of the Cold War.