Was It Smart For The United States To Enter The 38th Parallel?

1084 words - 4 pages

Historians, readers, teachers and students are all too aware of a little war regarded as the “forgotten war,” because it is not glorified unlike: World War I, II, and Vietnam. It is important to expose the steps that took the United States into Korea. Was the decision to enter into Korea strategically planned and if so by whom? Were there other intentions other than communist containment and imperialism? The problem with the Korean War is that it is a debatable war and one can go back and forth regarding its entrance into the 38th parallel. Should have the United States entered the 38th Parallel or should it have allowed South Korea to deal with the growing communist North Korea, Chinese intervention and Japanese influence and interference.
Several primary sources that will be investigated throughout the research so that there is concrete validity to the argument presented. The geography, culture, religion and customs of Korea will all be introduced so that both the reader and the researcher are familiar with the country and why it became a focal point for countries such as Japan, China, Soviet Union and the United States. It is also important to note that special attention will be given to the foreign policies and decisions the mentioned countries made during the Cold War that lead to tension and then war. The Korean War is an important war to research because leaders should learn from past political decisions that may or may not have negatively impact their country’s political, social and economic future. Throughout the research there will be numerous, biographies, primary and secondary sources such as: declassified files, maps, graphs, charts, and recording to gain a better understanding of the actions taken by the United States regarding the war in Korea. The sources are crucial and important because numerous because it gives great validity and supports a conclusion to the initial question proposed. The major players to be researched and discussed will be: President Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dean Acheson, Douglas McArthur, Stalin, Mao Ze Dong. Also to be included are, Syngman Rhee and Kim Il Sung. All the individuals mentioned contributed to Korean War due to their possible economic and political gains to Korea. The Russo-Japanese war, World War II will also be discussed because they were imperialistic motives that caused Korea to be at the center of its division. In addition, there are a few definitions the reader may want to be aware of due to acronym usage such as: United Nations (UN), Department of Defense (DOD), People’s Republic of China (PR.C), demilitarized zone (DMZ), Democratic People’s republic of China (DPRC), Prisoner of war (POW).
The problem proposed in this paper is for those like I who want a clear and cut answer to why the United States took part in someone else’s problem and was it wise for the U.S. to get involved. It is also for the military history enthusiast who does not mind a female perspective on the...

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