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Soon after the Soviet takeover of Eastern Europe China became Communist in 1949 The Americans had always regarded China as their outpost in the East A massive Communist stronghold had appeared Furthermore spies informed Truman that Stalin was using Cominform to help Communists win power in other parts of the world Many believed the Domino Effect where Communism spread from one country to another like wildfire When South Korea was invaded in 1950 many thought that only military action would do to stop the world from becoming Communist After the Second World War and the split of Korea the North became Communist and the South anti-Communist and undemocratic In September 1950 with the start of the conflict Communist advances pushed the South Koreans into the very South Eastern corner of the mainland At this point Truman sent advisers to the area to asses the situation He also put huge pressure on the UN Security Council to condemn the actions of the North Koreans and to call on them to withdraw their troops In the cold war atmosphere of 1950 superpower always denounced and opposed any action by the other So usually at this time Russia would have used the Veto system to block the call for action However the USSR was boycotting the UN at this time Therefore as the USA was the single biggest contributor to the UN budget it was in a powerful position to influence the UN decision Therefore the UN was committed to using member forces to drive North Korean troops out of South Korea In September 1950 eighteen states provided troops with support of some kind to aid the South Koreans However over 90 percent of the force that was sent to Korea was American Indeed the commander of the forces was an American General MacArthur United Nations forces stormed ashore at Inchon in September 1950 At the same time UN forces and South Korean
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