" We might get taken prisoner by the reds"
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After World War II, a new line of division sprang up between the West led by the USA and Communist countries led by the Soviet Union. News reports of atrocities committed by communist leaders, as well as fears of a nuclear war, contributed to the sense of hysteria about Communists in the 1950s known as The Red Scare.

The term "Reds" comes from the flag of the Communist International, which was pure red.