Edited by Gerald Boerner
Ronald Reagan, when elected President in 1980, pursued an active campaign against world communism. This reversed the policy of containment first introduced in the Truman Doctrine after the second world war. The Cold War resulted from this policy, including the many Proxy Wars where the US and Ussr were represented in regional disputes like Korea War, the Suez Crisis, Vietnam, and, of course, the Space Race. This put off the need for the major powers to directly engage each other in battle.
When Reagan took office, he adopted the policy of the Escalation of the Cold War. This resulted in calls for the communist world to open up their borders. Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech in 1983 before the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida forcefully introduced this new policy. It ultimately led to Reagan’s call to the Soviet Premiere Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” referring to the Berlin Wall. It also started a series of high-level summits to discuss their differences.
This policy reached fruition during the Presidency of George H.W. Bush when the Berlin wall came down and those in the Soviet Blok were able to cross over into the west. The goal had been realized. Much credit must be given to President Reagan for this change.
Now we need to get started with our exploration of Reagan’s defined “Evil Empire” speech… GLB
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Quotations Related to EVIL:
“I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.”
— Albert Einstein
“It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.”
“Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.”
— Mohandas Gandhi