The Vietnam War: The Korean War

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The Korean War was a war between North and South, the US had a UN force that fought for South Korea, and China fought for North Korea, who was also assisted by the Soviet Union. The Korean War was three different conflicts from the perspective of the disparate groups who fought in it. For North and South Korea, the conflict was a civil war, a struggle with no possible compromise between two competing visions for Korea’s future. To the North was a coalition led by three dictators Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Kim Il-sung devoted to creating a Communist Korea, a single-party state that controlled all economic assets and all aspects of the people’s lives. The United States and The Soviet Union only joined together to overthrow Japan’s control. …show more content…
More than 500 million Chinese and 220 million soviets lived under communist rule. Japan ruled Korea from 1905 until the end of World War 2. On June 25th, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. North Korea wanted to unify itself with South Korea and create one Korea. North Korea believed a communist government was the most beneficial government to live under. But South Korea disagreed with them. The 38th parallel is the border that divided North and South Korea. The 38th parallel divided the capitalist Southern part of Korea and the communist Northern part of Korea. With Soviet assistance, the Chinese Communists defeated the Chinese Nationalists between 1945 and 1950. In February 1950, the People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union signed a comprehensive alliance to oppose any intervention by the Chinese Nationalists, the Japanese, and the Americans that might reverse the Chinese Revolution. The Russians had been excluded from the Allied occupation of Japan after World War II, and Stalin and Mao Zedong thought a new Japanese-American conspiracy was afoot to mount a counteroffensive against Asian Communism. With Japan on the tremble to surrender, it was necessary for the superpowers to agree upon a future Asian policy that can both assure security for superpower nations and spread principles and influence over strategic zones in the pacific. After the Hiroshima atomic bomb Japan was completely under the US influence …show more content…
Kim Il-sung wanted to invade the ROK in 1949, but Josef Stalin demanded a stronger KPA and a Chinese Communist commitment to help Kim Il-sung. Kim and Stalin (with Mao Zedong’s weak assurance) decided an invasion in 1950 would succeed. They believed the Americans would not intervene or would be too late to save the Rhee government. The South Koreans did not have the aircraft, tanks, artillery, or enough trained troops to stop the North Korean army. During that time President Harry Truman didn’t make commitment to defend South Korea, but he did say that he would protect the ROK through the UN. Even though he pledge to protect them, the communist didn’t believe Harry Truman. He had withdrawn his last combat troops, instead of protecting South Korea. They believe that if the Americans didn’t use their own force to protect the Chinese nationalist, they wouldn’t help Korea too. The state department believed that defending Korea would give credibility to US and not show weakness of what happened in Asia when beaten by the Chinese

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