By Dawson Risinger
- As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself.
- Americans joined the war to make sure that communism did not spread.
- By the end of the decade, two new states had formed on the peninsula. In the south, the anti-communist dictator Syngman Rhee enjoyed the reluctant support of the American government; in the north, the communist dictator Kim Il Sung enjoyed the support of the Soviets.