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, even non-combatants.

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 familiar?

Peter

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