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These wars are best analyzed from the perspective of the state. Though individuals may serve as a catalyst to precipitate violence, they are initiated within the bureaucratic structures and institutionalized ideologies of the state.
The Cold War was fought over the institutionalized ideology of capitalism against the Soviets communistic philosophies. These were state mandates that defined the economic system and the resulting views on justice and equality. The states of the US and the USSR were taking the steps necessary to protect their interest and expand their political influence around the globe. The Cold War was driven by state policies such as the policy of containment and the Military-Industrial complex. Without these state policies, the Cold War could not have escalated. Yet, it was waged for 40 years without regards to the president or the political party in power. It was driven by defense policies and the need to escalate defense spending to spur the development of new technologies.
The Korean War and the Vietnam war were spin-offs of the Cold War and were also rooted in the same war of ideologies. The US system of capitalism and the accompanying freedoms were the justification for taking on communism in these third world countries. Even the term third world is evidence that there was the US, the USSR, and everywhere else. The philosophy of capitalism has a long tradition in the US and is ingrained in our culture and society. It rules our values and our norms of behavior. When developing nations in Asia came under the influence of China or the USSR the potential for the spread of communism was portrayed as a threat to America. These were not individuals that were going to war, it was the state. There was little, if any, international involvement or concern. While it is true there was an allied coalition in both conflicts, the war was initiated and controlled by the US. It was a battle of communism against capitalism.