The forgotten war Essay

The Korean war officially began on June 25, 1950 but in everyone’s mind it started way before that, this war was inevitable and crucial to the world now in modern days. The Korean War was a huge turning point in the cold war by sending 90% of their troops, gaining power and turing the war into a major proxy.

Before WWII the Soviet Union had a grudge with America, for decades-long in their rejection to treat the USSR as a legitimate part of the International community. Which made their partnership harder to accept.During WWII, America and Soviet Union were allies. They were apart of the Axis powers. America was unsure about Soviet Communism and Joseph Stalin's brutal, sadistic rule on his country. After Germany attacked the Soviet Union, America came in aid of the SU, diminishing the tension of the countries. The Soviet Union were still enraged that the Americans came into WWII later then they should have, killing tens of million Russians. Aiding them after the attack softened the heat between them. Although the Soviet’s thought America was helping them, they were not. Harry Truman, the president, said, “ If we see that Germany is winning we ought to help Russia and if Russia is winning we ought to help Germany, and that way let them kill as many as possible, although I don't want to see Hitler victorious under any circumstances.” America only worked with the Soviet’s because they needed to secure defeat of Nazi Germany. The Soviet Union wanted to spread communism, they wanted to become a powerhouse. They already had control of the east of Germany, Ukraine, Belorussia – NKVD, KGB, and GRU. Czechoslovakia – STB and LM. Bulgaria – KDS. Albania – Sigurimi. Hungary – ÁVH and Munkásőrség and so they wanted more, they were becoming greedy and thought that it would be easy to take over South Korea. South Korea then turned into the ‘Powerhouse’ leaving the Soviet Union enraged on how to defeat and take control of them.

South Korea was not essential to America but they did not want to seem “soft” on the topic of communism and its spreading so they took over. Also using South Korea as a target instead of the states, meaning putting the blame on them so in the end the only thing they were losing was money. America did not want more enemies, they already had Russia, China, Japan and the rest of the USSR allies. Communism already spreading and becoming more of a powerhouse and so America thought this was the only way they could really get power, and try and stop communism at the same time. When the 38th parallel was made it was intended to be temporary as division of the country, but the start of the Cold War led to the establishment of a separate U.S.-oriented regime in South Korea under Syngman Rhee and a communist regime in North Korea under Kim Il-sung.

When the 38th parallel was crossed by the North Koreans, is when the United States wanted the United Nations to be a part of this and help to them defeat the Communist parties. America manipulated the United Nations into being anti- communist interests. Russia was boycotting UN meetings for the security council and were unable to veto big issues towards them and the UN having to force them out of the South as they had ignored the resolution on june 25, 1950.

Japan was in control of Korea since 1910 and lasted until 1945 when the Japanese were defeated in World War II. Following the war, Korea was divided by Western powers. In 1945 the 38th Parallel established its own government, under the command of the occupational country. The United States with South Korea and The Soviet Union with North Korea. Both governments defamed one another saying they were not legitimate political systems. The tensions grew, and resulted in a petition for foreign powers for resources and power. Then South Korea made a request asking or weapons and supplies but America was hesitant and still weary about war. America refused their request. North Korea made a request for weapons and troops and the Soviets agreed. America then withdrew their last remaining troops from South Korea and giving North Korea the perfect time to attack. Starting the war. 90% of America’s troops went to South Korea to aid them, including naval and air forces to repulse the invasion of North Korea and other surrounding enemies. After they sent the troops, weapons, and supplies America was still worried that communism would still take over. The troops were under command by General Douglas MacArthur and he was able to prevent the invasion of North Korea, an unexpected interference by China soon turned Truman’s Police Action into a “bloody stalemate”. China being apart of the communist army made Truman distressed with the fact that the Soviet Union would now join the war.The many differences between Truman and MacArthur resulted in MacArthur being fired in 1951. The war grew more and more unpopular in the United States and contributed to the election of Eisenhower in 1952, and him being the one to ‘end’ the conflict through a compromise peace. Although a peace treaty was signed, North Korea did not sign it. The war was to a end and neither South or North achieved their goals: destruction of the opposing regime and reunification of the divided peninsula. The war was never over just put down to a different degree and never talked about again. Today North and South Korea are still in conflict but sources say that",North and South Korea are in talks to announce a permanent end to the officially declared military conflict between the two countries

North Korean premier Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, lawmakers from the neighboring states were thought to be negotiating the details of a joint statement that could outline an end to the confrontation.

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