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Consequences of the Korean War.

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Consequences of the Korean War There have been many discussions of what has happened to Americans since the end of the Korean War, but in states not much has been said about the state of Korea since the war. I find this quite interesting because South Korea was it's ally, not just another country they were at war with. To this day North and South Korea are still divided by the 38th parallel. After the war ended and the armistice was signed, North Koreans and South Koreans despised one another more than ever before. The North seeing most Southerners as "Japanese collaborators" during the Imperialist days from 1910 - 1945, and the South viewing the North as an uncontrollable militaristic bully. Immediately after the war, Syngman Rhee took control of the South Korean government and governed in such a manner that caused social unrest by the citizens of South Korea. ...read more.

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Instead of developing a successful economic strategy as South Korea did, North Korea focused on its military by developing the power to create Nuclear weapons. This did get North Korea recognized, but not in the fashion that they had wished for. Today Kim Il Sung's son lead's North Korea in a similar manner as his father did before him. The country has been hit hard by famine and is basically in tatters. No one knows its next steps, but drastic measures will have to be made in order to bring back this country on the brink of disaster. Many historians consider the Korean War the "Forgotten War" or the "Unknown War" because it was extremely unpopular not only by ordinary citizens, but also most soldiers fighting in the war themselves. Some also touted it to be the first major U.S. military failure in history. Being overshadowed by World War II also contributed to one of many reasons why American soldiers were somehow forgotten when they arrived home from this operation. ...read more.

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Vietnam, Kosovo, Bosnia, a number of mini-wars and even the recently erupted war with Iraq are some examples, just to name a few. Today many regard the United States as the world's police officer because the country is constantly fighting these U.N. peacekeeping missions. The Korean War proved to be the trendsetter for what has now become commonplace. Many question the United States responsibility to "police" every country in the world. Conclusion No one ever actually "wins" a war. And ironically, everyone involved in this war claimed to win in one fashion or another. I can only hope that wars such as this one can be somehow avoided in the future. Presently, the United States is still in a war of words with North Korea as President Bush demonstrated recently by saying the following: "I will remind the world that America will not allow North Korea and other dangerous regimes to threaten freedom with weapons of mass destruction." Hopefully someday both the United States and North Korea can come to terms and settle on a peaceful agreement. ...read more.

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