In the spirit of containment, strongly supported by President Harry Truman, was the main driving force behind the Korean War. Along with containment as a force was American Pride. After World War II and after Japanese occupation, Soviet troops moved in to North Korea, and the US moved in to South Korea. Each setup and supported its own government, and each government wanted unification on its own terms. The North Koreans were the ones to strike first, and the situation quickly involved US troops. Although originally winning the war easily, Gen. Macarthur ignored Chinese warnings and advanced further north. The Chinese entered the war in October 1950, and forced the UN forces back below the 38th parallel. Both held their grounds fiercely for the next two years, the UN forces driven by containment and the Communist forces driven by the ideal of global... [continues]
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