The Two Koreas: War Or Peace?

1987 words - 8 pages

On a bright, summer morning on the Yellow Sea in 1999, two eruptive nations clashed once again, one of many stirring incidents that have happened between the sensitive time-bombs after their famous war. Bullets whizzed past the North and South Korean sailors, and volley of cannon fires caused shattering damage and destructive chaos which went on for ten minutes. This ruthless shootout resulted in heavy casualties on both sides and a sunken vessel; caused by this unstable “battle”, whether the two countries will coexist in a stale mate any further remains a mystery. United States and bordering countries fear of a fully engaged nuclear war, but despite the worries, both Koreas have shown attempts of peaceful negotiations by sending officials for discussion over the past, crucial years. The conflict between South and North Korea remains a world-wide, rousing topic, especially receiving more attention after the death of a long time North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Il in December, 2011. The relationship between the two Koreas has always remained volatile and hazardous, and, making a prediction through past incidents and meetings, both options of war and unification are strongly probable outcomes between the brother nations.
In the century which already two destructive and costly global conflicts occurred, a savage war broke out in the remote countries located on the extremities of Asia. As laid down by Michael Hickey, Korea, a Japanese colony since 1910, was to be occupied north of the 38th parallel by the Soviet Russia and south of the line by the United States while waiting for its independence. However, tensions rose as both sides showed signs of hostility, their dictators openly declaring that their “aim was the imposition of national unity by force.” The North portion of Korea, equipped with Russian tanks and artillery, quickly created the North Korean People’s Army under the Stalinist regime. America, in response to this stance, trained the little of South Korean army which side lacked tanks and combat aircrafts. On June 20, 1950, the feared war began when 75,000 North Korean soldiers invaded the Southern part of Korea. As the North Koreans pushed with a mighty force due to the well trained soldiers of the North and the confused and scared soldiers of the South, the war became a world concerning issue. In the words of an unknown author in History.com,
“The fight on the Korean peninsula was a symbol of the global struggle between the east and the west, good and evil. The fear of communism was high, and the world was aware of what this war meant and what the outcome could lead to. As the North Korean army pushed into Seoul, the South Korean capital, the United Nations readied its troops for a war against communism itself.”
British and United States soldiers poured in for aid of Southern Korea, their superior air and naval forces gaining ground against the organized North. The great leadership of General Douglas MacArthur and the new strategy...

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