Korean Conflict -Isabella El-Hage

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SUMMARY/HISTORY:

Korea still, and has always been a conflicted state. It wasn’t always Communist North Korea and Anti-Communist South Korea. Back in 1910 Japan annexed Korea as one of their colonies, and until World War Two, Korea was under Japan’s rule. During World War Two, United States and Soviet Union made an agreement to occupy Korea after they defeated Japan. Soviet Troops would occupy the northern half, and American Troops would take the bottom half, with the 38th parallel serving as a border. August 15, 1945, Japan surrenders to the Allied Forces, and upon agreement American and Soviet troops began to occupy their designated areas. Now in 1947, with the spread of communism, North Korea turns Communist North Korea. In hopes of leaving South Korea an independent state, American troops leave South Korea. On June 25th of 1950, during the Cold War North Korea decided to cross the 38th parallel, invade South Korea, and attempt to take back South Korea under their Communist rule. American Troops came in to aid South Korea, while Communist China decides to pop in and aid North Korea. Just as American Troops invaded North Korea, Chinese Troops pushed them back behind the 38th parallel. It was agreed a “stale-mate”, and in conclusion there was no winner, the line that divided them before the war continues to divide them today, and though Chinese and American troops agreed on a “seize-fire”, the tensions between North Korea and the rest of the world have not seized.

NORTH KOREAN VIEW:

To this day, North Korea is seen as a huge threat, their humanitarian efforts in their own nation being none, their nuclear threats, and countless other mishaps have made the rest of the world perceive them as the ideal enemy. But what if the Soviet Union has decided to occupy the southern half, under the 38th parallel instead of the top? North Korea could have been the good guys, and we’d be looking at South Korea in a whole new light. Due to that agreement between the Soviet Union and the United States, North Korea was bound to fall under Communist rule. The Soviet Union didn’t just want to occupy the territory they decided to spread Communism too! WOOHOO!

SOUTH KOREAN VIEW:

South Korea is now a prosperous innovative state, with high standards of living, and influential culture. But as I stated before, what if the Soviet Union decided to occupy the southern half? We’d be seeing a very different Korea today. What if American troops had accomplished invading North Korea? The conflicts we are seeing today would be decreased A LOT. One is bound to ask, why didn’t South Korea step in and try to over take communist rule when North Korea was just developing into a crazed Communist state? American troops had to step in and aid South Korea so that they wouldn’t be over taken by Communist rule, if we hadn’t all of Korea could have been an even more powerful Communist state.

SUGGESTIONS FOR PEACE: 

As of now, I don’t think there is hope for ever merging the two nations, and I don’t think it would a good idea either. Both have different styles of governments, and finding an agreement between the two states would be impossible. If we are to do anything though, I think we need to step up our game in humanitarian efforts in North Korea. First by improving relations with North Korea, so that they trust us and allow us into their country. We would also need a lot of money to undo the damage they’ve done. So campaigns to rise awareness and collect money and goods. Then a team or organization to go into North Korea and start understanding and seeing the problems there are so we can know what kind of solutions to pose, and how to set forth our plans.

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15 thoughts on “Korean Conflict -Isabella El-Hage

  1. I thought you did a very good job explaining the conflict between North Korea and South Korea. In addition I thought your suggestions for peace were well thought out. I find it interesting that the border between North and South Korea has remained the 38th parallel line over time. In addition I find it interesting that North Korea is seen as a huge threat today, and South Korea is an innovative state, I do believe both countries would be different if the Soviet Union decided to take the southern half rather than the northern. I agree that the two nations should not merge together due to their differences in government. I also like the idea of increasing humanitarian efforts in North Korea.

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    • I really liked your post. I learned a lot about the Korean conflict. I like how you added the “what ifs” into your post. In you suggestion for peace, you said we should better relation with North Korean and gain their trust so they will allow us into their country, how would we gain thier trust?

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      • Gaining trust with North Korea could be achieved through re instituting trade with them, or just being more friendly and less hostile.

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  2. There was quite a lot of information within your post over what I thought was originally just a simple drawing of borders between North and South Korea. I find it really interesting how the 38th parallel has still served to separate the two contrasting countries, and how there was much struggle on the boundary within the Cold War. i liked how you put the “what ifs?” into your post for they really made me think about how different the world could be today if the actions of just a few people had differed. I agree with your peace suggestions in that the rift between North and South Korea will not be easily mended, and that we must first gain the trust of North Korea, but do you think that we can trust them to even tell us what is actually going on within the country?

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    • I don’t necessarily believe they’ll trust the US enough to confide EVERYTHING that is going on within the country, but the trust could go as far as NK allowing the US into the country. Thus allowing us to see for ourselves what is going down.

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  3. I thought you did an great job on explaining the conflict and I also liked the “what ifs?” that you added. It definitely made me think about the influence of our actions and our view on different countries. I also liked your resolution. I thought it was well thought out and detailed. My question is, how do you think that an increasing relationship between the US and North Korea may affect our relationship with South Korea?

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    • I think improving our relationship with North Korea won’t affect how South Korea views us, if anything they’ll see that we’re trying to better our relationship with NK to improve the lives of the people, and NOT so we can join and start a nuclear war.

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  4. I think that your method of juxtaposing North and South Korea as you did was very effective and well done on citing the human rights issues in North Korea. A strange thing there is that the North Korean government stubbornly denies the existence of the desolate slave labor camps all over the country and the thousands if not millions of North Korean citizens trapped there…when many countries have photographic evidence from satellites. Another thing you did was propose a team to go and understand the extent of the damage done in North Korea, which would be very effective when it was possible as proved by LiNK (Liberty in North Korea) which helps relocate people who have defected from camps and cities in North Korea. These people, when the time came, would be valuable resources in discovering more about the covert state of the country.

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    • Also: did China and America agree on a seize-fire or cease-fire? I think cease-fire may be what you’re looking for, unless seize-fire is actually a term and I’ve never heard of it before. In that case, my bad!

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  5. I believe that you covered the entirety of the conflict and its history thoroughly, as well as explaining a method of peace. Although I think your method of peace is a good one, I don’t really know how well it would solve the problem, I actually think it would make it worse. Although the Soviet Union created the monster we call North Korea, they have evolved down their own path, and they made their own situation much worse than the Soviet Union ever was. With the condition of the state getting worse means that a different type of solution is definitely necessary, as the government of North Korea doesn’t believe that any wrongdoings are occurring in their country, which could result in them taking us trying to help them as an insult. A question I would like to pose is: Do you think there is anything South Korea could do, not the United States, to help out in any way with the situation in North Korea?

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    • I think tensions between the two Koreas are already so high, that peace let alone trust would take FOREVER. So I think it’s more effective if the US stepped in.

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  6. This is a really great post not only have you effectively put into light the topic but you also added some extra things to your post like the “what ifs” also I think I have have reason for Russia to occupy the northern part and for the U.S. to occupy the southern is actually quite simple, because Russia is closer to the northern part. Anyways great post.

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  7. I think your post is well written and presents multiple ideas clearly and effectively. I agree with almost everything except your solutions, for one, as much as I wish we could improve our relationship with N Korea, I believe it would be impossible seeing as they hate us and will almost certainly nuke us when they get the chance. Instead, I believe that we should try to see how the people in their country feel about their government, and if most disagree with their ways, we should try to incite a rebellion and overthrow the government to start a new one or just pair them with South Korea and provide heavy humanitarian aid to re-build.

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  8. This post was excellent! I loved how you were honest in your suggestion for peace, how you admitted that there is basically no way to merge the two countries due to their different cultures and views. It is sometimes hard for people to fully admit that something is impossible.

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