NATO and the Warsaw pact

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There are always at least two sides in any conflict. In World War I it was the Triple Alliance and the Triple Entente. In World War II it was the Axis and Allied powers. In World War III it would have been the nations of NATO and the nations of the Warsaw pact. Luckily, the later never developed; there was no World War III. However, this was not due to lack of trying as throughout …

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…the result of "the presence of and outside threat and the need for a Soviet sponsored security system to deal with it" (9). The final result of this pact, though, beyond the immediate military implications for Eastern Europe, was to create a counterpart for NATO; a foe towards which the hostility of nearly fifty years would be directed. The world had again been divided into two camps, and it then looked like war was again possible.