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korean war

Throughout the history of mankind there has always been war. Nations have always had
disagreements with one another and the result is the death of many young soldiers.
Although many men die in war, not as many men die if the war was fought to win and not
only to stop the enemy. However, the wars that have not been fought to win, but only to
stop a force, have had much greater a loss than those fought to win. In the Korean War the
United States did not fight to win but just to subjugate the North Korean forces that were
annihilating the landscape and its people. Although the Korean War was fought to protect
the defenseless people, the casualties and other catastrophes that were brought upon the
United States soldiers outweighed the "obligation" to protect those people, and is
evidence that the United States should not have gone to Korea.

On June 25, 1950, the Peoples Army of North Korea crossed the 38th parallel into South
Korean territory. North Korea plowed through the South Korea forces that were out numbered
and out gunned. The United Nations called for an immediate meeting that day and called for
"an immediate cessation of hostilities" that same day, and also for the North Korean army
to return back over the 38th parallel that separates the two countries (A Short History of
the Korean War 56). Even though the United Nations had warned North Korea, they kept
cutting through the Southern forces. President Truman later ordered American troops to
Korea for a "limited war" meaning we would only stop North Korea, not destroy it. The
Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953 and was the first major conflict that the United
Nations had intervened with. Troops from United States, Ethiopia, Colombia, Luxemburg, and
Great Britain fought in this war.

United States troops first landed in Pusan, a city in South Korea. These first soldiers
were sent to hold off the North Korean troops until more reinforcements could arrive. The
troops that were first sent were almost all in between the ages of 18 and 20 years old and
were naturally arrogant, having not seen a real battle. They all thought that they would
soon see a bunch of farmers with guns walking down and that the enemy would be no match
for them. They thought this even though almost all of them were inexperienced. The United
States troops engaged the North Korean army first at a spot north of the town Osan.
Nothing could have prepared them for what they saw next. Thirty-five heavily armed T34/85
tanks led the North Korean armies march right towards the American troops. Behind those
tanks were well over a hundred foot soldiers ready to kill.

The American soldiers tried everything they could to stop the tanks, but it was useless,
their M16A1 carbines were no match for the heavy armor of the T45/85 tanks. The American
troops tried to hold them off but had to retreat a little further back to escape from the
tanks. By that time it was raining and their ammunition was no good along with their
communications. But after some fighting it was useless against the North Korean forces so
the American troops were given the order to withdraw, but some of them did not get the
order and were totally consumed by the awesome power of the North Korean army. The
American army withdrew to the Kum River. While they were waiting for reinforcements,
General Walker came and told the troops that "if [North Koreans] come across the river,
[the Americans] are to stay here and fight to the death" (A Personal Narrative of the
Korean War 33). Right after General Walker had said that, he got into his jeep and sped
off. Almost all the troops were either out of ammunition or low on it. The American troops
held of the North Koreans for a total of seven hours. Everybody was trying to help the guy
next to him the best they could against the massive enemy. People stayed behind to lay
down cover fire and picked up guys who had been shot in the legs to take them out. They
never had a chance.

The United Nations were doing well up until October 1950, as well as the American troops
that were led by General MacArthur at age 70. in fact the was looked near end. Then the
North Korean troops were reinforced by thousands of Chinese soldiers (ROZ Remembers the
Forgotten War Korea 45). but it was not juse the enemy that the American troops faced. The
American troops faced a "second" enemy, the brutal weather. During the winter monthes of
the Korean War, it would get to sub-zero conditions. But the real problem with the cold
was the wind. There were barely any trees are any type of windbreaker at all in the areas
they were fighting. All of this while holding of to cold hard steel rifles. The American
troops also had the communications working against them. When it rained the radios along
with their ammunitions would get ruined, leaving them helpless and unable to call for
help.

On March 26, 1953, the Chinese launched an attack with mortar fire while 3500 chinese
infantrymen charged at the American troops. Shortly after this battle, there was a
cease-fire, which only stopped the gunshots and not the war itself (Korean War Remembered
7). During his first Presidential Campaign General Eisenhower had promised to bring an end
to the Korean War if elected. Once elected, Eisenhower set to work on this promise even
before he took office. On November 29, 1952, President-elect Eisenhower secretly flew to
Korea. The trip was planned with the utmost security to guard against any assassination
attempts. Aides to accompany him were quietly picked up at obscure locations scattered
throughout New York City. During his absence various dignitaries and staff members made
"visits" to his home pretending to see him in his office. While in Korea Eisenhower
revived the stalled peace talks and visited American soldiers near the front lines. It was
not until December 6th, when Eisenhower was on his way home that the public learned of the
trip. As a result of his peace seeking mission an armistice was signed in July 1953, eight
months after his return. Under the terms of the Armistice signed in Panmunjom, the two
Koreas were separated by a demilitarized zone at the 38th parallel, roughly the same
border that existed prior to the war. The war was seen as proof that the United Nations
could be counted on to resist aggression and that modem warfare could be conducted without
resort to nuclear weapons. Ending the war was also of a personal interest to Eisenhower
since John Eisenhower, the President-elect and Mrs. Eisenhower's only living child was
serving as an officer in Korea. This was the first American conflict with another country
that ended in our defeat.

There were very mixed feelings about this war on if we should have or should have not gone
into war. Many people at the time of the war thought that we should have intervened with
the countries. People thought that going to war would benefit both countries in that it
would turn North and South Korea into growing democratic countries (U.S. Courses of Action
in Korea 38). Also by going to war with Korea we would be able to establish trade and
other policies alliances with the two countries. Also, even more optimistic people thought
that this war would unify the two Korean nations and establish a lasting peace.

Pro war citizens of the United States also felt that it was our duty to help a defenseless
country just because we had the power to do so. Moreover, this was would be beneficial to
the United States government as well. It would be beneficial because when the war ended we
could strategically put military bases on the peninsula ensuring that the North Koreans
could not attack again (The United States Should Not Make Peace with North Korea 23).

There is besides the fact that many United States citizens were pro war because the North
Korean armies along with the countries backing them were communists. Because they were
communists, North Korea was unpredictable and dangerous to every country in the world
(North Korea's Military Threat has been Exaggerated 52). Given that the communists
feelings were so negative, many pro war people felt that in the long run we would have
gone to war anyway. By going to war we would be putting an end to communism in that part
of the world which many people saw as the right thing to do.

While there were many pro war groups, there were just as many who opposed the war as well.
The reason why some people were opposed to the war was because the United States was not
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