Agree or Disagree: "President Truman did not take effective action to prevent the spread of Communist influence following World War II."

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After World War II, the Soviet Union emerged as a great Communist Power with wide influences and many people blamed Truman for not taking effective action to prevent the fall of China and Korea to the Communist control. After failed results from appeasing the Soviets, it was understood that communism would expand relentlessly whether Russia was communist or tsarist. Thus Truman formed many alliances and gave aid to the non-communist countries to help promote the containment (of communism) policy. In this way, Truman prevented communism from expanding any further.

The first alliance enacted by Truman was the United Nations, which replaced the League of Nations. It was stronger than the League of Nations for it included all major powers and was authorized to use military force to stop aggression. The Security Council consisted of the major 5 powers were Britain, France, China, Russia and the United States, who could all veto UN actions and an assembly was controlled by 12 other countries on two years terms.

This assembly debated on many issues and gave the smaller countries a voice of their own. Under the U.N, the National Court of Justice was established and a Secretary of Bureaucracy and a Secretary of General who carry out the actions of the U.N. It also formed many specialized organizations such as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization), and WHO (World Health Organization). This organization helped solved many problems and gave these countries a strong alliance against communism. Truman also provided a great amount of European relief to prevent any future risings of communism. Many displaced person tents were set up to provide Medicare, food, housings and organizations to help relocate the D.Ps. Truman also cut the tariffs to increase World Trade and to help each...