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Crossing The 38th Parallel Essay

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After defending against North Korea, the decision that must be made now is whether or not to move on to the offensive and push past the original border at the 38th parallel. On June 25, 1950 the North Korean army crossed the 38th parallel, and United Nation forces were sent to help repel the attack. American forces got pushed back to the southeast corner on the country, not faring as well as expected. A bold move by General MacArthur turned the war around, the General made the decision to attack from the seafront at Inchon close to the 38th parallel and original border. From here the American army was able to cut off supplies being sent to the North Koreans and eventually pushed them all ...view middle of the document...

By choosing to cross the border, the U.N. and America would be able to be established as a strong, and aggressive authority. Created only five years earlier replacing the League of Nations, the United Nations have yet to truly be recognized as a world force, especially considering the success of its predecessor. By becoming aggressive, the United Nations would be in the position to come out favorably of a negotiation with the North. Also as said in the Reports to the President by the National Security Council “Such a settlement should not leave the aggressor in an advantageous position that would invite a repetition of the aggression that would undermine the authority and strength of the United Nations.” (National Security Council, Sept. 1950). This statement points out that by crossing the parallel, a settlement that could be created would leave the U.N. and an advantageous position that others would not like to fight against and repeat the same mistake. If the United Nations did not make this choice, these positive effects would not take place, however if it was decided to cross the 38th parallel, the U.N. would be put in as aggressive position for negotiations and would come out the stronger party.
It may be argued by some that the risk of Soviet and Chinese intervention is just too high. However this is not the case if America proceeds correctly. Nobody wants, or is ready, for another World War, especially Russia, seeing as they suffered such huge loss. As for China, stated in a CIA report on this topic it is said “There are no convincing indications of an actual Chinese Communist intention to resort to full-scale in Korea.”(CIA, Sept. 1950). Militarily speaking, the time where it would have been actually helpful to intervene has...

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