Essay The Soviet Revolution Of Afghanistan
The expansion of Communism was a key issue that faced the United States. The United States was forced to return to the strategy of containment. The Soviet Union’s support of socialism in Third World countries was a concern for the United States. The era of détente was over, and was replaced with fear and suspicion that had existed during the height of the Cold War. The primary economic motivation for United States involvement in Afghanistan stemmed from oil.
Recent political changes in Afghanistan had caused alarm in the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had long supported socialist regimes in Afghanistan. Initially Soviet involvement was limited to covert operations; however, on December 24, 1979 Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev ordered troops into Afghanistan to suppress the growing civil war. Once they had reached Kabul, a coup was staged and an Afghan socialist assumed power.
Hafizullah Amin became Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan in the…