Who was the cold war with?
The Cold War was between Democracy, aka the Free World (US, Great Britain, France, and other Free World nations) and Communism (USSR, People's Republic of China, and other Communist nations). The Cold War was not simply a shouting match with no real casualties between the US and USSR, as some on this web site have claimed. It was a global conflict in which millions were killed on four out of the seven continents (Europe, Asia, Africa, South America). The Greek Civil War, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Soviet-Afghan War, and many other wars were episodes of the Cold War.
The cold war was NOT A SHOOTING WAR. Cold war means a stand-off. The Korean War was part of the cold war...a "Hot" battle of the cold war. "Hot" meaning a SHOOTING WAR. The cold war consisted of Communists verses NON-Communists. In the Korean War, the communists TRIED to take over a country by force (South Korea). The Free World (Non-Communists) stopped them.
The Cold War was refered to as "Cold" because a cold war means there is no fighting going on at all, but a "Hot" war is when there is fighting going on (Take WWII as an example for a hot war). But we got envolved with the war because our enemies were under a Communist Government and we were under a Democratic Government.
The cold war was a war of ideologies. Not a war as people think of a war...killing, shooting, bombing, destruction, ships sinking, cities burning, etc. It was called a COLD war because the name fit. Before the cold war, everyone knew what a WAR was. But no one knew what to call a potential war that never happened; so we called it a COLD WAR.
No. The cold war was a separate event but was continuous with no stopping until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. The Viet War was simply "part" of the cold war...the shooting part of the cold war. The cold war itself was NO WAR AT ALL. That's why they called it "Cold" the guns didn't get hot! When guns are fired they get HOT! In Vietnam the guns got hot.