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Korea and the United Nations
Seems like "EsoteRisky" is re-writing history or pulling bits and pieces from it to support his blinkered view.|
The United Nations was chartered in June 1945. Although first expounded by FDR, it was Harry S Truman who led the initiative after WW2
It was used by Truman and subsequent administrations to contain communism because the West felt very vulnerable to this political concept (why?). Whatever resolutions the UN passed in those years were designed to further the interest of the West with no regard for other people whatsoever. Concurrently the USofA ushered in the infamous, repressive McCarthy regime.
In 1945, as part of the surrender of Japan, USofA working together with Russia split Korea into two parts along the 38th parallel, thus the CPRK and ROK. China under CKS had no say in that.
In June 1950, DPRK launched a surprise attack across the 38th. China was in the midst of a civil war, neither Mao nor CKS had any say in it. Neither party was in a position to get involved in Korea.
By the end of 1950, the DPRK army was destroyed and MacArthur was on the Yalu.
But MacArthur did not want to stop there. He disregarded Truman's instructions to limit the war to Korea and proposed to invade and to nuke China. The new Chinese government under Mao had its back to the wall, Chinese troops moved into North Korea to prevent USofA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand from invading China and killing Chinese.
The UN resolutions, if adopted by China, would have meant that China become a disenfranchised, third class world citizen, the "Weak Man of Asia", again. And MacArthur would be heading his defacto government in Beijing. MacArthur was on a rampage and exceeded his authority. He was fired, but not before he did his bit of damage.
Yes, the DPRK caused a lot of problems, but no the Chinese did not start the war, we merely defended ourselves from further aggression. Somebody had to stand up for China, Mao did!
And no, much as Esoterisky would like to see that happen, China is no longer the "Weak Man in Asia". You can of course put it to the test by adopting the MacArthur strategy, but I'd advise against that.
[ Last edited by cestmoi at 2010-2-11 02:50 AM ]