Trumam on the Korean War Essay

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Trumam on the Korean War




Truman On The Korean War



Thoughout Truman's narration of his actions and decisions in regarding the

Korean conflict, he strongly emphasizes that his first priority is to prevent a third world

war. He addresses that the public has questioned his actions as to why he doesnít bomb

the aggressors (line 5), but he assures that that would only instigate a major war, not help

prevent one. Another major complication that would go hand in hand with bombing

the aggressors would be that it would entangle America in Asian politics, and America's

influence worldwide could possibly weaken due resources focused on another

predicament. (line 10)

Truman continues to state, once again, that America will have no part in

prolonging this war or extending it to new frontiers. However, Truman shows concern

that the communists will widen the hostilities beyond Korea if they soon do not realize

that America isn't a force to be reckoned with (line 16). Therefore, Truman implies that it

would only be "foolhardy" for the Koreans to make such an attempt (line 19). Here

Truman is providing confidence to the American people while at the same time,

attempting to strike fear into the enemy. Fittingly, at the end of his intimidation segment,

he offers a chance for North Korea and the communists to opt for a peace agreement.

Though he briskly notes that any peace deal reached must not compromise the principles

of the United Nations. It appears to the reader, with Truman constantly stating that he

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