Which country is responsible for the Cold War? Why?

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As General Patton knew, Russia was never the ally of America.  Since Russia was never an ally, there was no reason to have allowed Russia after WWII to divide Germany and to access some of the "brain power" which helped with the development of nuclear weapons.  And, had the U.S. done what Patton suggested--namely, go into Russia at the end of WWII, the U.S.S.R. would not have developed as it did.  Therefore, there would have been no Cold War.  Blame goes to the U.S.

The posts up to this point are good, but I've always wondered, when looking at a simple timeline of history, if the US didn't play a leading role in the intensification of the Cold War. When the three western Allied powers (the US, England, and France) created a unified German currency in 1948, for example, the Soviet Union responded with the Berlin blockade. Similarly, if I recall my history correctly, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was established before the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). At...

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