The Ideological Dimension of European Security
According to President George Bush, the Cold War started in Eastern Europe and it will come to an end there, too. Indeed, reading again Winston Churchill’s Fulton speech of 1946 — which marked the beginning of the Cold War — we have to acknowledge that the British politician spoke almost exclusively about the fate of Eastern Europe. The speech was a clear message to Joseph Stalin and also to Western political leaders. Nevertheless, it did not change the direction of developments at all. Responding to Churchill, Stalin declared that the Soviet Union had a legitimate right to be surrounded by “friendly” states on the continent. Although this right has never been officially recognized by the West, neither has it really been challenged. The Truman doctrine and the Containment policy did not affect Soviet intentions towards the East European countries.