Korean War Conflict

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Firstly the Korean War was a Cold War conflict was the manifestation of the Cold war through a proxy. This moved the rivalry of the superpowers , fighting from Europe to Asia, and became a direct conflict. Syngman Rhee (South Korea) under USA’s support, was a strategist who claimed to “produce a victorious end to the wars in Korea … would swing the balance of power so strongly against the Soviet Union that it would not dare risk war with the United States”. Kim Il Sung (North Korea) was emboldened by both China and USSR and said “the liberation of the Korean people in the south is next in line”. It would seem that North Korea had plans to unify Korea and USSR supported the unification. The control the superpowers had over Korea proves that the Korean War was a Cold War conflict. Also the bombing of Pyongyang by the USA it; “obliterated literally dozens of villages and towns in July and August, mostly through the use of napalm”. The impact of the direct conflict on USA, was articulated by historian John Lewis Gaddis in Robert P. Saldin’s book ‘War, the American State, and Politics since 1898’, as being shocking and unexpected to USA. Therefore the Cold War turned from indirect to direct through this proxy war.

Secondly, the ideological motivations in both crises are a similarity to take into consideration. The difference in the ideologies was due to the “different patterns of authority … between democratic and authoritarian regimes.” Rhee was an anti-communist,

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