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There were many reasons as to why both the USSR and the USA entered the Korean War however the underlying reason that the Korean War erupted was because it was merely another episode in the ongoing Cold War between these two super-powers On the surface the Korean War seemed to be a war between South Korea and North Korea but in actuality the superpowers were using it as a front to combat each other without actually going into a hot war which - as both had the atomic bomb - would have been a scenario of mutually assured destruction The USA went to war in Korea for three main reasons The first reason was the Domino theory Salami tactics in Eastern Europe was not the only place where Communists were coming to power In the Far East too they were getting powerful - China turned Communist in 1949 Truman believed that if one country fell to Communism then others would follow like a line of dominoes He was concerned that if Korea fell the next domino would be Japan which was very important for American trade This was probably the most important reason for Americas involvement in the war The second reason was just to try to undermine Communism President Truman believed that capitalism freedom and the American way of life were in danger of being overrun by Communism The Truman Doctrine had been one of containment - stopping the Communists gaining any more territory In April 1950 the American National Security Council issued a report NSC 68 recommending that America abandon containment and start rolling back Communism This led Truman to consider driving the Communists out of North Korea Finally Truman realised the USA was in a competition for world domination with the USSR By supporting South Korea America was able to fight Communism without directly attacking Russia The USSR also went to war because of the
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