I have always understood that what ended the Cold War had nothing at
all to do with Reagan, but instead Chernobyl convinced Gorbachov that
nuclear war was an invitation to the end of civilization -- no one
would survive with a functioning economy or decent standard of living,
And then the Russians stopped playing "Cold War". Game's over when
one side quits playing.
It wasn't like the Soviet economy collapsed since it didn't function
anyway, it was that it wasn't ever going to recover from WWII as long
as Russia played "Cold War".
Cracking their teeth on Afganistan didn't help much either -- sound
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