Consequences of the Korean War

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Consequences of the Korean War
* The Korean War never ended, and they are still under an armistice to this day. The Korean War is technically not over; all that's keeping the two sides from going to war again is a cease-fire agreement. * The Korean War brought the US and Russia further apart, and the fear of communism would later lead the US to throw itself into Vietnam, to avoid another North Korea. * It also brought China into conflict with the US, bringing bad feelings between the two countries which would last for decades. * To this day, American troops are staitioned along the border between the Koreas and there are still reports of sporadic firing. * The war also created a strong bond between South Korea and the United States. * Syngman Rhee's southern regime became even more dictatorial, and in 1960 he resigned after student riots. South Korea only became more unstable with his departure, and it is only in the last two decades that South Korea has really seen sustained economic growth. * In North Korea, Kim Il-sung developed a full-scale personality cult, and ruled until his death in 1994. * Tensions between the two countries remain to this day, perhaps seen best in North Korea's boycott of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, to which the USSR and PRC sent athletes. The legacy of the Korean War continues to haunt the United States, as the US worries about North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons. *

* The Korean War was able to bring diverse effects to not only Korea but the World. The Korean War was one of the most destructive and brought economic and social damage to Korea. However, the Korean War was able to boost the economy of both Japan and the US. The Korean War also legitimized the United Nations and led to further expansion of military power. The Korean War also showed the growing anti-communist feeling across the US. The Korean War brought both positive and negative effects to the world. * The Korean War brought many negative effects to Korea. “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.” (http://encarta.msn.com/text_7 6559607__0/Korean_War.html) The Korean War also brought social damage to Korea, “especially in the North, where three years of bombing left hardly a modern building standing.”(http://encarta.msn.com/text_761559607__0/Korea_War.html) The war also reinforced the boundaries between the North and the South. North Korea remained a communist nation and South Korea became a free republic. This social difference still brings conflict even today. * Although the Korean War had negative effects on Korea, it did however boost the economy of Japan,” The war had a lasting consequence beyond Korea. Much of the material used in the war was bought from nearby Japan. This gave Japanese economy such an dynamic boot after the ravages of WWII that some have called the Korean War, Japan’s Marshal Plan, a reference to the US economic aid program that helped rebuild post-war Europe. The Korean War had similar effects on the American economy, as defense spending nearly quadrupled in the last six months of 1950.”(http://encarta.msn.com/text_761559607__0/Korea _War.html) The Korean War although devastating to Korea was able to bring a new beginning to the Japanese with a better economy. The Korean War was able to give the Japanese the success that WWII gave the US after the depression. * Besides world economic success and social devastation the Korean War was also able to legitimize the United Nations as well as bring larger military expansion to the world. “It confirmed the ideas behind NSC-68, with its call for US to expand its military...
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