Korean War Essay

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Korean War HIS/135 December 16, 2012 Jim Seelye, Ph.D. Korean War The Korean War made many differences in the world. Korea wanted to be unified instead of being separated into North and South Korea. I believe that the war was more beneficial for the United States of America. The United States sided with South Korea by providing them soldiers to resist the invasion with North Korea. The Korean War did not have a winner, because there was a signing of the armistice in July of 1953. Truman’s actions were justified in my opinion because there were people with very little power that were going to be over thrown and forced into communism unwillingly. To support my belief the "Truman Orders U.S. Forces To Repel North Korean Invasion, June 27, 1950" (2012) website states, “Truman acted after the U.N. Security Council called for member nations to offer military assistance to the government in Seoul headed by Syngman Rhee. On the same day, Rhee and other government officials fled the beleaguered South Korean capital.” One of the most immediate effects of the Korean War was the amount of people that died at the time of it. “The Korean War was one of the most destructive of the 20th century. Perhaps as many as 4 million Koreans died throughout the peninsula, two-thirds of them civilians. This compares, for example, with the 2.3 million Japanese who died in WWII. China lost up to 1 million soldiers, and the US suffered 36,934 dead and 103,284 wounded. Other UN nations suffered 3322 dead and 11,949 wounded”, According to "The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus" (n.d.). Another immediate effect was that the Korean War enhanced the economy in Japan. A mass volume of the weapons used in the war were purchased from the country of Japan. A long term effect that the Korean War had was that it established the United Nations as a powerful military source

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