Korean War controversy?
How was the Korean War controversial? Why and how was Canada involved? Im mainly looking for a controversy and three reasons to argue it, as well as the other side so I dont sound biased.
- wichitaor1Lv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
There was no declaration of war by any nation involved. Instead of being termed a war, the Korean War was called a police action.
After North Korea invaded South Korea, the United Nations declared a police action to liberate South Korea. The Soviet Union was boycotting the UN at the time and was not present to block the action in the Security Council. In addition, Chinese membership in the UN was based in Taiwan, not mainland China. Canada, being a member of the UN, sent troops to Korea to push back the North Koreans. The UN forces were placed under the command of American General Douglas MacArthur.
The North Koreans were pushed back across the original border, the 38th Parallel. Though South Korea was now free of North Korean occupation, the UN forces continued to advance into North Korea. Communist China warned that they would get involved if the UN advanced too close to their border.
General MacArthur, knowing that the North Koreans were supplied from China, wanted to bomb the bridges over the Yalu River, which divided the Koran Peninsula from China. Fearing that such action would widen the conflict, President Harry Truman refused to authorize the bombing of those bridges. In any event, Chinese troops entered the war, pushes UN forces back across the 38th Parallel. China claimed that their troops were merely acting as volunteers, fighting to stop "western imperialism" in Korea. General MacArthur wanted to use more force, including atomic weapons, to stop the Chinese; of course, President Truman refused.
Contrary to the belief of "alan turing", General MacArthur did not refuse orders; he did not bomb the Chinese side of the Yalu River or invade China. The general did, however, make comments, in speeches and in print, that were critical of President Truman's conduct of the war. That is why the president fired General MacArthur for insubordination. Even after the removal of General MacArthur, the war dragged on for two more years. Without an official declaration of war and no treaty to end it, the conflict is still ongoing, with a demilitarized zone (and a massive minefield) dividing the two Koreas.
The controversies of the Korean War are:
1. Did the UN have the authority to intervene in what Kim Il-Sung (leader of North Korea) termed a civil war of unification?
2. If the goal of the UN intervention was to liberate South Korea, why did UN forces invade North Korea?
3. Should General MacArthur have had full reign of the war? General MacArthur wanted to widened the conflict, by attacking China even before Chinese troops entered Korea. The general even planned to involve Taiwan (the recognized government of China), by invading Communist China by amphibious invasion from Taiwan. General MacArthur even wanted to have atomic weapons at his disposal, which only the president could authorize.
The last item is the main controversy of the war, as General MacArthur was seen as usurping civilian control (that of President Truman) over the American military. In any event, President Truman acted correctly by removing General MacArthur. Widening the war by invading China would probably have brought the Soviet Union into the war and the use of atomic weapons would have lead to a nuclear war, as the Soviets had developed their own atomic bombs by that time. With the firing of General MacArthur, President Truman maintained civilian control of the American military, as it should be.
- Anonymous8 years ago
Isn't it interesting to see some peoples distorted Ideas. @ Alan Turing: What difference does it make what somebody wanted to do. The controversy about the Korean War was that is was not considered a War, but a police action ordered then by the infantile UN. All troops were under the command of the UN. Korean War Veterans were not afforded the same honor as other Veterans of foreign wars and that is the controversy. It was not considered a war but a police action. For those who think One World Government is the ticket just observer the fiasco happening in Korea since the 1950s. That is as close to world peace as the U N gets. For the U S its as bad as owning a boat. Its a hole you throw money into.
- Jim UnkownLv 58 years ago
Korea was the 1st U.N. war about 80% U.S. military and the rest were U.N. countries. It was called a :Police Action: General MacArthur was fired by President Truman for disobeying orders which was very unpopular at the time. It was the 1st time soldiers could only fight to a line and then had to stop[ 38th Parallel].
- Anonymous8 years ago
Truman was a Democrat. Truman got us involved in Korea.
Democrats got us involved in most of the wars of the 20th century.
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- Anonymous8 years ago
General MacAuthur wanted to declare war on China and disobeyed President Truman's direct orders, causing a loss of most of the northern area of Korea. He was fired for his insubordination although a hero to the same sort of trash that make up the majority voting for Republicans today.