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Which among the following statements about the Cold War is wrong?

a) It was a competition between the US and Soviet Union and their respective allies.
b) It was an ideological war between the superpowers.
c) It triggered off an arms race.
d) The US and USSR were engaged in direct wars.

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Solution

Option D, ‘the US and the USSR were engaged in direct wars’, is the incorrect statement.

Explanation

The Cold War was a war of ideologies. It never escalated into a full-fledged war. With events like the Cuban missile crisis, Soviet intervention in Afghanistan and Vietnam War, the World feared that the Cold War would escalate into a full-fledged war. However, both the sides restrained war, and thus the Cold War never turned into a global war.

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