One of the greatest differences between the USSR and the West was the difference in the two nations ideologies. The USSR was traditionally communist, and, also in that respect, subsequently, quasi-socialist as well, while the West was capitalist and democratic. This difference, in political theory, alone served to create tension between the regions of the world; their ideologies were completely opposite to one-another - Communism was a system whereby the entire nation would be equal in terms of material wealth, whereas capitalism gave individuals the opportunity to amass huge sums of personal wealth. The result was a world divided into three echelons based on belief: the capitalist west, the communist USSR, and the fascist Nazi regime. As the west viewed it, both regimes presented a threat to their security; the Nazis were a problem in terms of their military ability, and the threat they posed being within reach of the United Kingdom and France. While the USSR posed the threat of spreading the "evil" that is communism. According to Harry S. Truman, "if the Russians were winning, [the war] we ought to help Germany, and if the Germans were winning we ought to help the Russians". This displays the relativity of the attitudes that the west had towards both the USSR and Nazi Germany.