How Accurate Is It to Say That the Korean War Was a War Without Winners?

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It is fairly accurate to state that the Korean War had no winners. At the end of the conflict, or at least in the long term aftermath, all of the involved countries were able to claim some kind of success or benefit. However, no country achieved its original goal, and all countries had significant human, economic, physical, or political damages. The USA claimed minor success by containing communism, protecting democracy in South Korea, and protecting Japan and its related US interests. Additionally the conflict in Korea allowed the USA to demonstrate its military capabilities to the world, and help to increase UN credibility. However, despite US concession to accept containment as an accomplishment, North Korea remaining communist can be seen as an American failure. In 1950, the US made the decision to invade North Korea. This switch to rollback policy shows that their goals were higher than just containment. They were defeated by Chinese ‘dragon’ attacks, which in December 1950 caused the most humiliating retreat in US history, totalling 300 miles. Additionally, the number of American casualties far outweighs the meagre accomplishments. 33,651 US servicemen were killed, and 103,284 were wounded. Therefore, the US clearly cannot be counted as a winner in the Korean War. Japan benefitted most from the conflict. A friendly South Korea was established within 100 miles, which created a buffer to the communist powers. Additionally they received US defence spending, which earned Japan $3 billion in sales by 1954. This also acted to stimulate the economy in a way that benefited the country long term. However, Japan cannot truly be classed as a winner because their actual involvement in the war was minimal. As a whole, Korea was greatly damaged by the war. 10% of the population was killed, wounded or missing due to the conflict, and 600,000 homes were destroyed. In
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