Peace and silence

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Collapse of the Soviet Union  

On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. A few days earlier, representatives from 11 Soviets Republics met and announced that they would no longer be part of the Soviet Union. Instead, they declared they would establish a Commonwealth of independent states. Because the three Baltic republics had already declared their independence from the USSR, only one of its 15 republics, Georgia, remained. The once-mighty Soviet Union had fallen, largely due to the great number of radical reforms that Soviet president Gorbachev had implemented during his six years as the leader of the USSR. However, he was disappointed in the dissolution of his nation and resigned from his job on December 25th of 1991. It was a peaceful end to a long, terrifying and sometimes bloody era in world history.

The quest for a new world order, 1991–95

In the run-up to the Persian Gulf War, Bush had summoned the United Nations to the task of building a new world order. He was seeking to place the resistance to Iraqi aggression on a high moral plane but was also responding to critics who accused him of lacking “vision”. This cause in the countries different visions inside the society. However, the US had led the world in two occasions to a victory against tyranny countries, so they could brag as the only country with the combination of military, economic and ideological strengths needed to lead, so the US had from this moment on the duty to “win the peace”. 


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