The Soviet Union's War in Afghanistan Analytical Essay

The Soviet Union's War in Afghanistan
An analysis of the causes of the Soviet Union's war in Afghanistan.
# 56694 | 2,277 words | 3 sources | APA | 2005 | US

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This report analyzes the Soviet-Afghan conflict, concentrating on the reasons for the Soviet Union involvement in the war and providing a multiplicity of reasons rather than trying to narrow down the intervention to one simple cause. The paper compares and analyzes the major causes from different sources regarding the reasons for Soviet interest and subsequent intervention and invasion, which may or may not be seen to follow an historical pattern of precedent in the area and other bordering nations. An analysis of the Soviet Union and Afghanistan internally, as well as accounting for external factors, is also provided for a better understanding of the conflict.

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"As mentioned, the Soviet Union was a cold war player in both ideological and physical senses. Generally, the further the Soviet Union got away from its own borders, the less likely it was to prefer physical over ideological intervention towards the goal of world revolution. And Afghanistan, like Hungary and Czechoslovakia, where the Soviet Union had used real physical pressure in the past, was a country that bordered the U.S.S.R. Perhaps more importantly in terms of causal circumstances, though, although sources tend to disagree on the relative importance of historical circumstantial objectives, Afghanistan offered the Soviet Union something which it did not have, but badly wanted and needed: a warm-water port. Although sources are quick to point out that no one knows for sure what caused Soviet intervention to get so physical in Afghanistan, this presence of a warm-water port in the country could have very likely been a contributing factor."

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