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Causes and Impacts of the Korean War

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Published: 18th May 2020 in History

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The Korean War was overwhelming to both sides, the North and South. There were many deaths almost reaching millions and all between soldiers alongside civilians.  The war-damaged a significant amount of cities, as well as farmlands. This war had begun when the North attacked the South and it followed up until, 1953, when a truce was settled and signed by the two opposing sides. When the communist North Korean army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded South Korea’s non-communist territory it was believed by many that this signified the start of a pointless war in which it was ended with an unresolved conflict that caused a death toll of approximately 2 million innocent people.

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In 1950, 75,000 soldiers from the communist army fled across the non-communist territory. The boundary that was held between the democratic people in the Republic of Korea to the north and the western like Republic of Korea of the south was broken apart. This attack is considered the first military like action from the infamous Cold War. American officials worked quickly in order to find a solution, they soon decided an armistice with the North Koreans would be best. They feared this insignificant attack would start a war within Russia and China or maybe the possibility of World War III. However, in July 1953, the destruction that the Korean war has caused all came to its end. Many officials from America have evidence to believe it was a war against the ideas of international communism. 5 million soldiers and civilians had lost everything and some even their lives throughout this time period. “If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location in the world to fight this damnable war,” U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson once said. This quote signifies how every outside force opposed the Korean War and did not agree with it. The reason for this is not only will Korea as a whole be affected but also those who were or are considered their allies, a perfect example of this are the Northside being backed up by the Soviet Union and the South by the United States. This affects them because they not only lose trust but also lose the money they used in order to help.

A historical connection to these tragic events is the Korean War being very similar yet different from the Vietnam War. Their “roots” as some may call it, branched from the Truman Doctrine as well as the Domino Theory. Adding on, the country was split into two sides, one being the Communist North and the other the Democratic South. On the other hand, the biggest differences between the two wars were their various methods of combat. Despite this, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were very much the same. Firstly, the Truman Doctrine, by its definition, is “…the policy of the United States to support free people who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” The Vietnam War ended with both their communist and non-communist sides agreeing to put their argument on a pause. Both Korea and Vietnam have split into two afterward, these wars were invaded by the United States supporting the South for the same objective, to stop the quick spread of communism through this era. This is significant because it is showing the hatred the united states felt towards the communist nations. It also proves that in the end, due to their selfishness the united states lost many soldiers during combat and their economic structure also suffered because of the amount of money they had lost. However, even after that, it did not stop them from siding with the non-communist nations. The unmerciful battle that erupted 60 years ago killed more than two million Koreans, divided thousands of generations, and formulated the world’s most profoundly reinforced border. It formed the alliances that exist today.

To conclude, It is the war that was never ended, that allowed the Korean peninsula to split back in 1953. When the North Korean Communist army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded non-Communist South Korea the Korean war had begun. The pointless war was finalized with an unsolved dispute that caused the deaths of innocent people and the divisions of various families. At first, it was originally a war to get the communists out of South Korea and it ended horribly for their Allies. An assault at Inchon pushed the North Koreans out of Seoul and back to their side of the 38th parallel. But as American troops intersected the upheld boundary and headed to the north towards the River, the Chinese began plotting various ways they could be able to protect themselves from what they referred to “armed aggression against Chinese territory.” While the armistice suggested by the United States in 1953 put an end to the active fighting within the Korean nations, it was not accompanied by a peace treaty, now the tension between both nations are held to this day. Those were the ways Korea was affected in today’s society. However, during recent meetings between, Kim Jong-un, the now leader of still communist North Korea, and President Moon Jae-in of still non-communist South Korea, a new settlement is viewed to be discussed. In addition to collectively call for the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, also vowed to formally end the war. To finalize, normally during a war, you are met with one winner and one loser, however in this one that was not the case. The Korean war was never officially ended because both sides had signed an agreement where their conflict was only put on pause for the time being.  The Korean peninsula is still divided today, therefore, making a nonsettled war. Though it can be changed this war is still viewed that way by today’s society.

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