Containment Is The Action Of Keeping A Hostile Country From Spreading Its Influence

1154 Words Apr 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Containment is the action of keeping something harmful under control, a policy that prevents expansion of a hostile country from spreading its influence. In 1950, the U.S did just that towards Southeast Asian countries, especially in Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia. Geographically, the countries were located next and under China and Russia, therefore the U.S. was deeply concerned of the “sphere of communism” that were spread to these countries, which mostly likely would have resulted in a domino effect. However, during the Vietnam War, Korean War, and Operation Menu, the U.S. had used bombs as their ultimate weapons in the battle of “Hearts and Mind". Maintaining the containment to these countries raised the question of U.S ethics, of whether its actions were aligned with its value of freedom: the power of right to act, speak, or think, and democracy as a system of power ruled by the people, as the U.S had sabotaged their beloved lands. Ultimately, through these actions, the U.S. was not consistent with freedom and democracy. In 1950-1953, the forgotten battle of the Korean War between North and South Korea were a significant conflict in which the consequences still have an impact as of today. Before this happened, China had fallen to communism, which definitely placed U.S. in danger of containing it. Before the war began in 1948, the 38th parallel caused the North to surrender to the Soviets, and the region from the 38th parallel down to the South belonged to the…

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