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Why was it called the Cold War if the Soviet Union and the US never actually fought a war against each other?

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July 31, 2015 2:18AM

Even though the Soviet Union and the US never actually fought a war against each other, it was called The Cold War because:

  1. they were not talking to each other; no negotiations
  2. they both feared the other
  3. they both could have destroyed the other
  4. but everyone was too afraid of nuclear war
  5. Everyone was in a "cold shoulder standoff", just waiting for the other to make a move.
  6. It was not just a battle of powers, but of national strength and personal egos; but egos could have destroyed the world.
  7. The Soviets tried to get missiles to Cuba---way too close for comfort.
  8. Without any warm blood shed, and without a single bomb dropped or a single bullet fired, the US was in a Cold War against a potential threat. But during that time, both countries were on edge, didn't trust each other (still don't), and thought the other side had evil intentions.