Did we loose the Korean War

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On paper and in history, the Korean War was viewed as neither a victory or a defeat. A cease fire and peace treaty was composed between them instead, her response. The battles went on for 3 decades. On July 27, 1953 the two sides signed an armistice and a new border was set on a few miles from the original 1950 border. In my opinion the Korean conflict/war was a success in ways aside from the original goals set by the USA.The war ended in a draw. Both sides agreed to a cease fire and signed an armistice. The Korean War didn’t end in a total victory for the United States or anybody else. Instead, both sides settled for an uneasy peace that still exists to this day at the time of this writing of the article 12-24-15. The answer to that question may be in the minds of individuals who study what actually happened and what is happening today. The way I see it, the end result was a victory when you compare what is happening today in South Korea to what was occurring before the attack, before one of the bloodiest wars our world ever saw, and compared to North Korea today. Many people felt and may even still feel now that the United States didn’t belong there. I’ve discovered this myself even in this year of 2015. People grumble saying,”we did not belong in Korea.”I strongly disagree. My father was one that fought in Korea from 1950 to 1953. He was just a young boy age 16 entering the military at Fort Knox, Kentucky Army base for a military career. He got sent directly into a violent and horrific bloody battle during some of the roughest weather anyone could ever imagine. He spent much of his time there in battles in tanks. Short recreation breaks were spent in Japan.One of his best memories of course was that he was wounded trying to save another fellow soldier and did rescue him. He would say over and over again like elated:”they covered me up for dead, but I was still alive.”This was a technique done by his fellow soldiers by transferring the tank over his injured body to conceal him from the enemy because he was then pulled into the tank to wait for the M.A.S.H. units.He was taken to a hospital in Japan where they placed a steel plate in his chest that he had no idea even existed before he found out he had lung cancer later in life at age 56. He died of lung cancer.The experts said”we want to know more about this steel plate we found on x-ray on your chest.” Dad did not even know he had a steel plate. It had to have been put there while in the Korean War in the hospital in Japan. He also received a chest wound. Just think of this, and I do quite often now, only 16 years old laying now under an Army tank, not knowing if he would survive or not.I still strongly disagree. Dad came out of it alive, was wounded once, received a purple heart for his bravery and was among those that returned to the United States, got a job and tried to”forget” he was ever there, but never did forget it. I was born in 1956 and that I recall much of his early life following that war. He would wake up in the middle of the night”reciting orders” over and over again, occasionally screaming and crying. He suffered from the memories of the war, but not once said he was sorry he went. He said the worst aspect of it all to him was to see the suffering little children. Many of the deaths of that war were innocent civilians.America responded to South Korea’s defense after North Korea invaded. The original goals were to restore the global border along the 38th Parallel and to eject North Korean forces from South Korea territories. Everyone actually thought the battle was over until the Chinese entered into the film.United States leaders also wanted to show North Korea that this sort of aggression would not be tolerated. To this day, year of 2015, North Korea still shows hostility toward South Korea. There has been no more conflict equal to what was from the 1950’s. For this reason among other reasons, I think the decision to go into the battle ended in more of a victory than a defeat. It seems clear to me that all who entered that battle in opposition of communism did put a lid on the horrible aggression toward innocent people.Additional reasons I see this as being a victory for the United States:When you compare the economy of North Korea into the market of South Korea now we find the war allowed for a rebirth of South Korea. Since the end of the 1950’s conflict/war and cessation of extreme hostilities South Korea has grown into a vibrant and powerful republic.People all over the world now benefit from South Korea’s economic success. The capital of South Korea, Seoul, has become an international center of commerce and industry. Today, South Koreans enjoy one of the greatest standards of living in the world.None of the above would have happened had the communists been successful in their invasion of the South.By comparison, North Korea is among the best examples of communism’s collapse. North Koreans suffer much more from starvation and malnutrition.Meanwhile, the South Koreans are flourishing. Businesses like Daewoo, Hyundai, LG, Samsung, Kia Automotives are some of the largest business conglomerates in the world and have become household names in U.S. family rooms, garages and offices.Everyday, I see more and more Kia cars on the roads. I have considered purchasing a Kia Soul automobile now for years and probably will eventually buy one if I need another car. My older chevy still runs! But when I have need of a new car, I’m always looking toward the Kia as purchasing one. Without the United States and these other countries who joined in to struggle against the communist aggression in the 1950’s, not one of the things for South Korea would be in existence now. We today wouldn’t be enjoying the economic growth in South Korea. It’s a fantastic thing also the President ceased the nuclear bombing efforts also, as it would have taken over 100 years for any kind of culture to be in that area again.As listed in our history, there were errors made as there are in any kind of war, many innocent people were murdered, but the positive outcomes of the war informs me it was definitely a success, not a defeat, for the United States in terms of”long term events.”

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