Reasons For The Cold War

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The Cold War is period where “conflict [arose] over ideological differences [...] the ideological conflicts between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics--USSR for short--during the second half of the 20th century.” After the second World War both the United States and the USSR viewed this as a moment of weakness on a global scale. On one hand, we see the USSR is wanting to expand their communist ideology on other nations, while the United States wanting to protect the world from this rising force. A prime example of this notion can be the conflict over Korea, that both the United States and the USSR wanting to have possession of this territory. Both these powers had different motives to why they wanted to have possession …show more content…
Many of these policies are forms of containment. For instance, we have the Truman Doctrine, which states that: “the United States would provide political, military and economic assistance to all [...] nations under threat from external or internal authoring forces.” The Truman Doctrine is where we begin to see why the United States began to get involved in Korean affairs. According to the National Security Council, “the broad objectives of U.S. policy with respect to Korea are: to establish a united, self-governing [...] sovereign Korea.” This is what the United States states is their objectives in Korea, however one can see this statement as not complete. Although the United States may want to establish a self-governing government, and or provide aid to Korea there are hidden reasons as to why they want to do this. After the second World War no one wanted to help a country that was not an allie, reason being that countries, including the United States, were in critical conditions. By helping another country that means utilizing resources and if you are utilizing to much of those resources you can ultimately hurt your country by not being prepared for the worst. Therefore, why would the United States want to be involved so extensively, but to answer that we need to identify the USSR’s …show more content…
Therefore, if the Japanese Empire would fall then Korea would be liberated from Japanese pressures and finally have their independence. This is where we find the reason as to why the USSR thus wants to become involved in Korea after the second World War. The USSR believed that since they had pushed the Japanese out of Manchuria they were entitled to occupy some Asian territory--that Asian territory being Korea. This is there public rationale as to why they want to get involved. For instance, Korea can be seen as an infant, through the right nurturing and teachings they can be shaped and formed into anything a superior power wants them to be. In this case, the USSR wanting to expand their communist ideals on a newly independent nation, causing a rise of communism , as Prime Minister of Britain Winston Churchill says “a shadow [being] fallen upon.” This is where the USSR saw their opportunity to expand. However the United States also has this similar view as to why they wanted to posses Korea, they felt that since they defeated Japan, almost single-handedly, they felt no obligation to give the USSR any territory. In a way the US is similar to the USSR, in their reasons as to why they want to be involved in Korean politics. Both wanting to share their ideals and “help” this newly independent nation. However, the main reason as to

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