The Korean War
Impact on the 20th Century
(Korean War. Digital image. Amvets.org. Korean War Veterans Association, n.d. Web. 03 May 2013.)
Whats the point of a war when the winning country loses approximately 36,000 men for no territorial gain, compensation, and they weren’t doing this to defend their own territory? The United States, over a period of about three years, spent what is estimated to 678 billion dollars in todays money on the Korean war. These are the reasons why the argument against this controversial war is so easily made. When people look back on this war they see the large spending, massive casualties, and a war that was not supported by the public at the time. The Korean War was one of the most controversial wars in American history, but it was fought for a necessary and justifyable cause, and it should be seen as an American victory. The war was part of a series of conflicts between the US and Russia that started after World War II. Although the US and Russia never fight each other directly in battle, the conflict between the nations is refered to as the cold war, and the origins of this diplomatic rivalry date all the way back to the creation of the atomic bomb.
The date was July 24th, 1945. The United States had already won all of the islands surrounding Japan through island hopping, and the Soviet Union was preparing to invade Japan with them. Back in the United States however, the Manhattan Project had already been deemed a success by all of the scientists involved, meaning that the atomic bomb was created and ready for use. Before the bomb could be used though, most groups that were aware of the topic advised President Truman to tell the Soviet Union about the bomb and how lethal it could be. Instead of doing this though, Truman decided it would be better to only tell Stalin that the US had created “a new weapon of unusually destructive force”, because he did not want Stalin to ask him about how