2. From Allies to Enemies

During World War II, the Americans and the Soviets fought together on the side of the Allies to defeat the Nazis and Axis powers. However, there were some tensions even during the war. American officials tended to be wary of the communist ideology of the USSR, which they feared might spread to the United States. Joseph Stalin, who was the leader of the Soviet Union at the time, was also known for his brutal dictatorship and human rights abuses against his own people. American politicians had also attempted to halt the spread of Soviet communism, which angered the Russians. After the war, these simmering grudges turned into full-blown opposition.

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