Who won the Cold War?

In the fall semester of 1950, my freshman year in college, I took a required course in history. I don’t remember much about it — except that the professor talked a lot about Napoleon.

But one event clear in my mind is as follows:

One Monday morning the professor, whose white mustache and a walking stick in hand gave him the appearance of an English aristocrat, walked into the classroom after a weekend visit with his friend Dean Acheson (Sect. of State under Truman) in Washington, D. C., with the following announcement:

“Good morning.” “The Monster says I have to take a roll call, but you kids don’t belong here.” “You should be in your rooms studying languages.” “If you’re an optimist, you should be studying Russian; but if you’re a pessimist, you should be studying Chinese.”

(The “Monster” was an early version of the IBM computer). The rest of the statement speaks for it-self.

At that time, of course, we were in the early stages of the Korean war — which was followed by the long cold war with the Soviet Union.

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